GMO Labeling on the Horizon?
California is poised to be the first state with mandatory Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) labeling. California’s Your Right to Know is Proposition 37 requiring labeling of GMO foods.
Thirty countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the European Union, have significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs. Yet, in the U.S. we don’t even require GMOs to be listed on the nutrition label.
GMOs are “plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.”
Monsanto holds all the FDA approved commercial production of GMOs in the U.S. Monsanto is fighting tooth and nail to defeat Proposition 37. They have spent 4.2 million to defeat the proposition. But Monsanto’s not alone. Dupont ($1.27 million) and Dow Agro ($1.18 million) are contributing millions to fight our right to know what’s in the food we eat. (Click Here for Mercola’s article on the ballot initiative.)
Human Health Risks of GMOs
Allergy, cancer, antibiotic resistance and sterility are some of the risks with GMO food. Because we are a giant experiment, long-term consumption of GMO is unknown. A recent European study found that Monstanto’s GMO corn and soybeans caused tumors and liver and kidney damage in rats.
2011 Percentage of GMO Crops in the U.S.
If you are eating a product (or produce that is NOT organic) containing corn, soy, Canola oil or sugar beets you are most likely consuming a GMO. Even though GMO labeling is not required, companies who use GMO-FREE ingredients, many times will say so on the front of the package.
Canola (Rapeseed) 90%
Sugar Beets 95%
Kids Eat More GMO Products
In kids’ fast-growing bodies more of the food they eat is used to build organs and tissues. Safety tests ignore the effects on children.
Children are three to four times more prone to allergies than adults. Babies under two-years-old have the highest incidence of reactions, especially to new allergens encountered in the diet. Even tiny amounts of allergens can sometimes cause reactions.
Kids react to much smaller doses of toxins than adults. Exposure to hormones or endocrine disruptors may also severely affect normal development. And children who are prone to infections may be severely impacted if antibiotics lose their effectiveness due to antibiotic-resistant genes in GM food and the overuse of antibiotics in Growth Hormone-treated cows. Children drink milk from cows treated with the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone. Infants are sometimes nursed on soy formula.
Among the potential side effects are changes in soy’s natural estrogen mimickers, which may influence sexual development. The milk rBGH contains increased amounts of hormones and antibiotics and an altered nutritional content.
New study on GMOs find females die early Click Here.
For a synopsis of Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater, Click Here.