Friday, August 24, 2012

Let us Decide! Honest Labeling of GE Foods

Greetings wellness lovers!

And happy Friday! :)

As you probably know... the debate re: Prop 37 (GMO labeling in California) is heating up. Approximately 92% of Americans are demanding honest labeling of genitically engineered foods, but many food companies (even those that sell 'natural' food) are spending $$$$$$ to fight it. 

Did you know that companies such as Kellogg's actually ship GMO-free products to Europe? However, in the US... they use GM ingredients in the same products and don't even want the consumer to know? (Kellogg's Facebook page is getting quite a lot of attention regarding this issue.)

In animal studies, genetically engineered foods have been shown to cause infertility, weight gain, severe allergies, and organ damage. And, there have not been any long-term studies analyzing the long-term effects of GE foods in humans.

Something else that is worth pondering... these are real quotes from the FDA and biotech company Monsanto pertaining to acceptance of responsibility concerning food safety.

The FDA says...

"Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety" - FDA, "Statement of Policy: Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties" (GMO Policy), Federal Register, Vol. 57, No. 104 (1992), p. 229

And Monsanto has stated...

"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.'s job" - Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Playing God in the Garden" New York Times Magazine, October 25, 1998.

Wait... what? Who is actually supposed to be advocating on behalf of the consumer when it comes to food safety?

Something else worth looking into is the FDA's "revolving door policy." 

If honest labeling of food is important to you, and you haven't done so already... you can take action here.
I hope you are inspired to get involved! :)

Have an excellent day!


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