This article is from The Canadian Daily – here
With the growing concerns of increased use of GMOs, Herbicides and Pesticides, one of the best ways to make sure our food is safe is to have labels that fully disclose what’s in them. Labels currently have to disclose the ingredients, fat content, calories, vitamins and minerals, and even if it was made in a manufacturing plant that makes products that may contain peanuts, but nothing about whether the food was made from genetically modified (GM) ingredients.”
There have been several animal feeding trials that have raised concerns about the health risks of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Over 60 countries around the world label genetically modified food, including the European Union, Japan, Russia and China.
The biotech industry is quick to brag about how genetically modified crops are the food of tomorrow and are needed to feed the world, but would rather not mention it to us, the people who have to eat it. What I mean is, if they’re so proud of it, and GMOs are so good for us, why not put it on the label?
I believe that mandatory GMO labeling is the first step, but I feel it’s very important that Canada conducts an immediate study on Genetically Modified Organisms by an independent labs, with no connection to Monsanto. Studies like the two year study recently done by French scientists at the University of Caen, that showed rats fed GMO corn were much more likely to die and at an earlier age, in addition to other serious health problems, including organ damage and the growth of massive tumors. If further testing supports these health risks, GMOs should be removed from the shelves altogether. Until then, it should be mandatory to have labels on GMO ingredients in our foods, allowing consumers can make informed choices, and to decide whether or not to buy them.
It would be ideal if we had a government that cared more about the health of its citizens and the environment, than supporting large multi-national companies like Monsanto, and relying on them for our food safety. Unfortunately, this is making us all part of the GMO science experiment.”
Until labeling is required, the best way to avoid GMOs is to read the ingredients on labels and stay away from products that contain corn, soy, canola, and vegetable oil, as there’s a 90% chance they’ll be GMO, at the moment buying true local certified Organic foods offers the best safety option.
Some people argue that Organic food is more expensive, in my opinion, eating fresh Organic non GMO food, is very nourishing decreasing cravings and the need for costly snacking, giving us more energy , clear thinking, improving our health and decreasing the need for constant expensive prescription drugs.
To take ACTION:
- Write to the Minister of Agriculture instantly and let them know your thoughts about GMO Alfalfa here: www.cban.ca/content/view/full/997
- Visit: www.facebook.com/MillionsAgainstMonsantoToronto
- Ask Rachel to speak at your school or environmental event
- Look for and buy ‘Non-GMO project’ labeled grocery items
- Ask your supermarket if they sell GMO sweet corn and tell the supermarket manager your concerns as they report back to upper management!
- In Canada there is currently a private member’s bill C-257 introduced by the NDP (recently read at Parliament) to require mandatory GMO labeling. Click here to Demand GMO Labelling in Canada!