To Label or Not to Label?
This comic is so good, I’m not sure whether I should laugh or cry. We’re not big fans of Monsanto here, and this little masterpiece perfectly illustrates the reason why. For one thing, they’re dominating the American food system with untested and potentially very dangerous genetically modified (GMO) foods. Stuff that’s been banned in many other countries because of serious health risks. But what really gets us riled up is the fact that Monsanto doesn’t want anybody to know about it. By working closely with the FDA, they’ve managed to keep GMO foods from being labeled as such. As a result, there’s no transparency and most of us are consuming the altered corn and soy products every day without even knowing it.
If you look at the bottom of the comic strip, you’ll see that it was drawn in 1999. You’d think that in the last 11 years, in the rise of the information age, we would have become a bit more conscious of Monsanto and their monopoly. Unfortunately we still ask very little of our food producers in terms of what we get for our dollars. But there is hope. Word is getting out about the health risks of bovine growth hormone (rBGH) and it’s all but pushed out of the milk supply. Now they’re terrified of the same thing happening to GMOs. They’ll do just about anything to keep the public quiet about it.
Imagine if the foods you purchased had a label on it, similar to a tobacco warning, that told you if what you’re about to eat contains GMOs. Maybe you’re okay with that, but at least you’d know. And by having that label there, you would want to learn the difference between GMO and non-GMO. As we like to say, you would become an empowered consumer. You would have a new voice, and the market would respond accordingly.
Until we have GMO labeling on our food, there are a couple things we can do. The easiest way to avoid GMOs is by looking for certified organic products. You can also use the Non-GMO Shopping Guide and download their free iPhone app to help make more informed choices.
To learn more about the risks of genetically modified food, you can also visit the Non GMO Project at www.nongmoproject.org