28 February 2011

GMO's are still not labeled in the United States

GMO's, Genetically Modified Organisms, either in plant form or animal form are on the rise. GMO agriculture started with experimental planting in the 1980's and was first approved for large scale consumer consumption in the mid 1990's. The process involves the insertion or deletion of genes within the organism.

Monsanto, an agricultural biotechnology company, has genetically altered seeds that could survive being sprayed with their product Roundup, killing the weeds and leaving the crops unharmed. GMO fish have been altered to increase the rate and size of which they grow. As of today GMO foods have not been proven to be safe for consumption for humans or animals. There is a lack of testing and what does exist comes from the companies that promote and benefit from GMO's.

Considering this, it should be obvious that GMO foods are labeled right? Well they are not. This is an incredible injustice to consumers who unknowingly consume these products on a daily basis. Again, the companies that promote and reap the benefits of the GMO foods have deep pockets and have lobbied against labeling. They say this will add cost to the consumer and create unnecessary concern.

I believe this an injustice being forced onto the citizens of the United States. We have the right to know where our food comes from and how it was made. The government has to start protecting people over the practice of protecting big business. Please sign the petition and speak out against this injustice.

John Himmelberger | @johnhimm
John lives in Maryland where he works as a sales manager. John and his wife Eileen’s pursuit to achieve optimum health combined with a desire to send a strong message to factory farming, inspired them to examine what they put into their bodies. Now a vegan, John has great admiration for groups like Farm Sanctuary and hopes to influence others by sharing his positive experiences. Follow John on his blog and Facebook.

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