Quantity over quality has led many Americans to embrace a cheap food philosophy. Manipulative corporations such as Monsanto (the largest seed company) are supplying the "needs" of the consumers with inexpensive foods. These inexpensive foods are targeted in containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). In other words, the genetic information in these organisms are altered and no longer a product of nature. Genetic modification is an experiment imposed on our country with great risk to the human health, the economy, and the environment.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urge doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. Animals that have consumed GMO foods demonstrate organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies showed an increase of health problems after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years, food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise. The American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association are among many medical groups that condemn the use of GMO. Agri-biotech companies do not aim to improve the health of the consumer but in maximizing profit. Instead, they have invested billions of dollars on ads with soft focus fields and smiling children, saying “biotech foods could help end world hunger.” Unfortunately these companies do not have any requirements from the FDA, therefore, have no purpose in investing money on pre-market human health safety studies.
The crops that are most genetically modified are soybean, maize, rapeseed and cotton. When GMO soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died within three weeks—compared to a 10% death rate among the control group fed natural soy. The GMO fed babies were also smaller, and later had infertility problems. When male rats were fed GMO soy, their testicles actually changed color—from the normal pink to dark blue. Mice fed GMO soy had altered young sperm. Even the embryos of GMO fed parent mice had significant changes in their DNA. Mice fed GMO corn in an Austrian government study had fewer babies, which were also smaller than normal. If these studies demonstrate the detrimental effects of GMO on lab rats, what more will it produce on humans? Why are we still allowing the production of GMO to be used in the food we eat everyday?
In March 2013 The Farmer Assurance Provision bill was passed, granting Monsanto to use the experimental seeds on the market. Members in Congress were unaware the bill was passed, however, that did not prevent them from taking action against this bill. Sen. Jeff Merkley created an online petition that would not allow this bill to have an extension. Victoriously on September 2013 the bill expired and with no extension granted. We should not celebrate just yet, as American citizens we have not been granted with the choice with just a simple label. Sixty-one countries already have these labels, indicating if the food has been genetically engineered. The label enables us to make an informed choice about what foods are right for our families. Maine and Connecticut have successfully enacted legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified foods. However, the labeling law will not be enforced until four other states join in.
Thank you for your choice in signing this petition in letting our State Representatives know we want The HB 1 Genetically Engineered Foods Bill to be passed! We have the right to what is inside our foods!
This Bill was generated by Rehwinkel Vasilinda (CO-SPONSORS) Cruz; Pafford
"Genetically Engineered Foods: Provides definitions; provides list of commercial commodities commonly cultivated in genetically engineered form and requires DACS to publish list by specified date & to update published list annually; provides mandatory labeling requirements for genetically engineered raw agricultural commodities & processed foods made with or derived from genetically engineered ingredients; exempts specified foods, commodities, ingredients, & other substances from labeling requirements; authorizes department to adopt rules; provides for enforcement of labeling requirements; provides penalties & civil remedies."
“Who controls the food supply, controls the people… controls the world!”