“There is no connection between food and health. We are fed by a food industry which pays no attention to health, and healed by a health industry that pays no attention to food.”
What is a GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) . . .
Monsanto: Plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs. In general, genes are taken (copied) from one organism that shows a desired trait and transferred into the genetic code of another organism. (emphasis in the original). Romer Labs: Agriculturally important plants are often genetically modified by the insertion of DNA material from outside the organism into the plant’s DNA sequence, allowing the plant to express novel traits that normally would not appear in nature, such as herbicide or insect resistance. Seed harvested from GMO plants will also contain these modification. (emphasis in the original). World Health Organization: Organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally. The technology is often called “modern biotechnology” or “gene technology”, sometimes also “recombinant DNA technology” or “genetic engineering”. It allows selected individual genes to be transferred from one organism into another, also between non-related species.
To learn about the drive to require labeling of GMOs in processed food visit these websites:
LabelGMOs.org (California Petition Initiative to require GMO food labeling in California) JustLabelit.org (National movement to require GMO food labeling by the FDA)
Is there anything more important than knowing where our food comes from, and who controls what we eat? The documentary The Future of Food has the disturbing answers. Today's food chain is far more complicated than the traditional farmer to table model - it has become a vertically integrated industrial complex. And with government looking the other way, genetically modified seeds have found their way into our food supply. The time has come to take back our food.
Monsanto manufactures the seed technology for 90% of all the genetically-engineered crops on the planet, and thus arguably poses a greater environmental threat to mankind than any other single company. The World According to Monsanto investigates the company's checkered history and recounts its long string of alleged health scandals and environmental abuses.
Deborah Koons Garcia, director of "The Future of Food", outlines the problems with GMO crops, and the imbalances in our industrial food system. She describes how "little has changed" since her film was originally released in 2004.
Biologist Ignacio Chapela: "Serious Problems" with GMO Science In this interview with host Mark Hertsgaard, University of California at Berkeley biologist Ignacio Chapela discusses the dangers of genetically modified foods - not only the questionable science behind it, but also how these new plants have been distributed worldwide.
FDA Barring Food Makers from Advertising Products as GMO-Free September 10, 2010 The FDA meanwhile appears to be enforcing a policy of barring food producers from trumpeting that their products don’t contain genetically modified ingredients. According to the Washington Post, the FDA has sent a "flurry of enforcement letters" to companies that have advertised GMO-free products on their labels. The warnings come on top of existing policy not to require food makers to disclose if their products do contain GMOs. Congress member Dennis Kucinich said, "This, to me, raises questions about whose interest the FDA is protecting. They are clearly protecting industry, and not the public."
GMO crops threaten livelihood of organic farmers CBS News - May 28, 2011 The USDA approved the unregulated release of genetically modified alfalfa, which poses a threat of contamination from one farmer's land to another's. And, as Seth Doane reports, the release has organic farmers concerned for their livelihood.
Although The Future of Food is five years old, this excellent film is more relevant now than ever. If you haven't watched it, please set aside some time to see it. It's required viewing for anyone who wants to understand what they're putting into their belly. If it's been awhile since you saw it, you may want to refresh your memory.
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