The reason for posting this periodical is that I recall when G.M.O.’s were first introduced. It began in 1994 with a “delayed-ripening” tomato that innocently entered the marketplace. Actually, it was the American public who were innocently beguiled by the marvel of this not-so-new technology of genetically modifying plants. Delayed-ripening…? On average how long does it take for tomato to ripen…one, two, three days? That should have been a “red flag” as to what was to come. It isn’t that this engineered hybrid benefited the consumer, the idea was sold to the farmer as a way to prevent tomatoes from rotting during transit. And the farmer in question was no longer “Old MacDonald.” It was the MacDaddy’s of agricultural industry. Armed with USDA subsidies, they began blighting the landscape like swarms of locus, and divesting the family farmers of their livelihoods with the slick poise of carpetbaggers. One need only follow the money to see just how far up the food chain it goes.
Systematically, overtime, transgenic species began positioning themselves in the produce section and supermarket aisles—a stalk of corn here, a box of cereal there— who would notice? They covertly blended into the food population like mutant aliens. Their mission? To inject their altered genes into our bio pathways. Although I doubt this is the intent of the lab scientists who engineer these Frankenfoods— they’re just doing their job— but it leads one to view the breeding ground of our food sources today with a suspicious eye.
Little, if any, independent research is available on the adverse affects G.M.O’s have, and what is available was funded by the agricultural industry. And it doesn’t take a degree in biogenetics to know what side the results were buttered on. What’s the remedy? Become informed. Stand-up and say “No” to G.M.O.’s. The effect of one voice may seem like a drop of water in the desert, but all it takes is a few drops of rain to start a flash flood. Organizations such as IRT, Institute for Responsible Technology, the European Network of Scientists, and Earth Open Source, are just a few reputable websites offering guidance in addressing legislative recourse and in-depth information on current engineered foods and the pesticides and herbicides being used, and their cross correlation to the current health crisis’ we’re facing today, such as the rise in obesity, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, IBS, and gluten intolerance, to name a short few on a very long list. In the meantime, check-out the Scorecard to see which of your state’s legislators have your back when it comes to initiating food safety policies. If you haven’t already done so, SmartLabel is one of many apps you can download to scan food products in the market for information on nutrition and possible use of GMO’s that aren’t necessarily listed on the ingredient label. For non-labeled produce, support your local farmer’s market. I’m old enough to remember when eating organically grown food was the norm and didn’t cost extra. It isn’t too late to return to those days and take back our inalienable right and that of our children’s and future generations, to eat real, unadulterated food the way nature intended.