July 16, 2017
GMOs have been a discussion point in the news a lot lately, particularly here in California recently due to a ballot initiative to require GMO labeling on food packaging. But, the questions remain – are they safe to consume? What do they do to the environment? What is Monsanto trying to hide, if anything?
GMO OMG is a documentary that seeks to answer these and many other questions about GMOs. It is a bit heavy-handed with the music and underlying sentimentality with the potrayals of the children of the narrator, but the overall messaging is excellent. Although I have become decently well-versed in health news, including GMOs, I did learn quite a bit:
Monsanto is really devious: GMO seeds are patented by the mega-industry known as Monsanto. Farmers are not permitted to use the “patented” seeds year after year. So, they must be purchased directly from Monsanto. The scary frankin-seeds are bred and scientifaclly engineered to be “Roundup Ready.” That means that they are engineered to live through pesticides created by Monsanto – the crops live and everything around them dies. Consumers then eat these crops that are covered in pesticides and of cross-bred-DNA.
Pests become resistant to the pesticides. As we destroy the soil, new crazy-weird weeds grow and they are not resistant to Roundup. As a matter of fact, they literally feed off of it.
We do not need GMOs to “feed the world.” That’s the party-line that big farming corporations use to justify using GMO seeds and it’s a lie. Scientists and farmers have proven that crop output is just as big in organic farming, and it’s actually bigger over time. All we are doing is exporting our frankin-foods to the third world, and our health problems right along with them.
GMOs are fighting labeling of their products all over the world. If they are so proud of their products, why not label them? What exactly are they trying to hide?
Negative health effects have been proven in GMO use in rats. Monsanto would like to poo-poo the study, but a huge project was recently completed in France, which definitively showed tumor growth from consuming GMO corn. Seeing those rats and hearing from the lead scientist of the study was absolutely terrifying.
There is a really big seed vault in Norway that preserves non-GMO seeds for the future. It’s really cool to realize that someone is paying attention. Somebody out there is looking out for future generations and realizes that these frankin-foods are not sustainable.
The overall message is clear – avoid GMOs by avoiding processed food. And, that’s clearly healthy at any rate. We are in luck – people are starting to pay attention. You absolutely can find pre-made products that are clearly labeled “non-GMO.” Some of my personal favorites are Luna Bars, Kind Bars, and Raw-Rev Glo Bars. They are all vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free. The more we demand these kinds of products, the more the market will respond by generating them.
If you would like additional information on how you can take action to demand labeling in your state, see here: http://www.gmofilm.com/take-action.aspx. The louder we are, the greater our chances of change.
Eat real food. Insist on foods that come from organic farming. Write letters to your representatives. Refuse Monsanto products.
Psalm 1:3 (NRSV): They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.
Serve all with love.
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