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GM-O-No!

May 6, 2013

By Mike Gioscia

A GMO is not the vintage muscle car your uncle has stashed in his garage, or cyber shorthand kids use while texting. No, GMO’s are ‘Genetically Modified Organism’s’, and they’re in 70% of our food. So, why do you care? Well, you are what you eat, and a GMO is (announcer voice) ‘an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques’.

What kind of material? They’re not telling. What type of engineering? Dunno. What type of techniques? No answer. The kicker is, they don’t need to tell us! There’s no protocol for big corporations to inform us that what we’re eating is actually food, or some type of science experiment. And therein lies the problem. Eat what you like, but you should at least know what you’re eating; food, or Frankenfood.

Over 60 countries mandate GMO labeling. Not the USA! Most European countries have outright BANS on GMOs. No such restrictions in US and Canada! On March 31st President Obama recently signed the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ into law (aka ‘The Agricultural Appropriations Bill’), protecting U.S. biotech companies (like Monsanto) from litigation if their GMO seeds turn out to be dangerous.

So, we can’t KNOW what food products contain GMO’s, and if one happens to make your child ill, or kill you, tough luck! It’s time to take these matters into our own hands.

ABC news reports ‘Nearly everyone, moreover — 93 percent — says the federal government should require labels on food saying whether it’s been genetically modified, or “bio-engineered” (this poll used both phrases). Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare.”

If the government isn’t listening to the 93%, then the 93% need to speak up! You have the opportunity to VOTE three times a day. Vote with your fork! Eat more organically! If you don’t have time to read every label at the grocery store, just reach for the organic items, and know you’re eating better AND making a stand against GMO’s!

While the FDA has just proclaimed more study of ‘caffeinated foods’, and their possible health risks, they continue to totally ignore GMO’s.  BTW, The FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods, Michael Taylor, is the former Monsanto Vice President for Public Policy. Hmmm, I’m no detective, but ….

What can you do?

Learn: Pam Denholm of South Shore Organics will discuss organic, local, and sustainably raised produce vs GMO produce at the South Shore Locavores meeting; May 16th, 7pm, Beal House 222 Main Street Kingston MA 02364

Eat:  More Organic food.

Act: The Worldwide ‘March Against Monsanto’ will be held Saturday May 25th, 2pm, City Hall Plaza, Boston.

Mike Gioscia, aka ‘The Green Dad’, blogs for http://www.gogreenwebdirectory.com/ and http://truefoodmovement.com/author/mike and is a writer for Edible South Shore Magazine. He also produces the feature ‘Sustainable Thinking’ for http://www.houndstoothradio.com/ in Los Angeles, CA.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 6, 2013 7:32 pm

    Hey Paula,

    This is great!! Ok if I re-blog?

    I meet with Pam on Saturday to talk about the SSL gathering. We are trying to drum up folks to attend the March in New Bedford on May 25th though as it is in our South Shore area. Are you planning on going to Boston? Can I convince you to come to New Bedford? It’s at Buttonwood Park (kids welcome, very cool park indeed).

    Who else can we get on board to re-blog some of the posts and information? I wonder if we could get Gatehouse media or PACTV (more) involved?

    Laurie

    • May 7, 2013 8:53 pm

      Hey Laurie – Of course you can re-blog. I’m at the North River Arts Society event on the 25th but we’ll help to spread the word about the march in New Bedford . I am planning on going to the SSL meeting on the 16th.
      Paula

  2. May 13, 2013 5:51 am

    Reblogged this on edible South Shore Blog.

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