With news of Proposition 37 (labeling of GMO foods) failing in California in this year’s election, many are watching to see what happens next on this front. It is likely that this measure was struck down by the multiple millions of dollars spent by those opposing it (over $44M) and the deceptive information that they used to dissuade consumers from passing this. While this may have been a setback for consumers and supporters of truth in labeling, and a victory for huge multinational biotech corporations such as Monsanto & Dupont and processed foods giants such as Kraft, General Mills, Pepsico, etc., this isn’t over by a long shot! This ballot measure brought a lot of attention to the fact that there are GMO’s in our foods and awareness is the first step to effectively initiate change
From the website, PureZing, here is a list of countries which have placed restrictions (importing, distribution, sale, utilization, field trials and commercial planting) on GMO’s:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt
Asia: Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Japan, Phillipines
Europe: The European Union, Norway, Austria, Germany United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Luxembourg, Portugal
Latin America: Brazil, Paraguay
Middle East: Saudi Arabia
North America: Maryland has banned GE (genetically engineered) fish and North Dakota and Montana have filed bans on GE wheat. The Municipalities of Burlington, Vermont (declared a moratorium on GE food), Boulder, Colorado (bans on GE crops) and the City and County of San Francisco (urged the federal government to ban GE food) are the only towns or states to take some sort of stand against plants, animals, foods, crops and body products that are, or contain Genetically Modified Organisms.
Pacific: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Australia, New Zealand
According to Whole Foods Market, 93% of soy, 86% of corn, and 93% of canola seed planted in the US are GMO. Other crops cited as being GMO in the U.S. are cotton (76%), Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%), zucchini and yellow squash (a small %), and Quest brand tobacco (100%).
GMOs, or Genetically Modified Organisms, are created by way of a lab process where genes are taken from one species (plant, animal, etc.), and inserted into another to obtain a desired trait or characteristic. Click here to read more about experiments in genetic mutation.
Corn, canola, soybeans, sugar beets and cottonseed oil – ingredients found in an estimated 80 percent of the packaged foods on the supermarkets shelves throughout the United States – likely contain GMOs. Many people have turned to soy as a way to avoid dairy, but are unable to consume soy health products any longer (such as soy protein, tofu, etc.) because of digestive upset. This may likely be caused only by GMO soy.
Keep in mind that each individual needs to choose for themselves what they will put in their body. By having an awareness of what is in our food, and what the possible harmful effects of consuming it could be, we become empowered to make informed decisions.
Food labeling is not about rescuing other people. As with any other area of life, each person must choose freedom or oppression, clarity or manipulation, health or diseases like hypertension diabetes and obesity. They must choose between a high energy, active lifestyle or sedentary depressed lifestyle. Calm confidence or fear and anxiety. By choosing to avoid all GMO’s, we could all be much closer to our ideal health and state of being.
How to avoid GMO’s? A) CHOOSE to move to one of the countries who have managed to successfully ban GMO’s; or B) READ labels and/or avoid most foods in the US that have labels. You will be amazed at how many health foods contain high fructose corn syrup or other GMO additives. The Non-GMO Project has now given their seal of approval on over 6,000 products in the U.S. You can visit their site to see which companies and foods have passed their verification program.
Photo Credit: NonGMOProject.org