Californians have the opportunity to make history and standup for our right to know what we are eating. Since the introduction of GMOs, Americans have allowed unelected officials in the USDA and FDA to decide that we don’t need to know what we are really eating. As a result, nearly 90% of the food in grocery stores today contains unlabeled food that has been genetically altered. The way polls are currently looking, Californians may lead the way in setting a precedent that changes all that.
90 to 95 percent of Americans state they would not eat GMOs if given a choice. So the USDA and FDA decided to not give us that choice. The companies claim that the food is not fundamentally different, so it should not be labelled. However, they simultaneously argue that the organism is so different that it deserves to be patented. Even taking this standpoint as far as prosecuting farmers whose fields have been contaminated by their patented genes.
It is not by chance that the FDA Deputy Commissioner of Foods is Monsanto’s former Vice President of Public Policy. Wikileaks cables have even exposed that U.S. Government conspired to retaliate against European countries who refused to accept GMO crops. The GMO issue stands as one of the most glaring examples of how corporations have hijacked our country.
Come November of 2012, we could see a huge turning point in the GMO tide that is sweeping our country and the world. Do we want to know if pig and rat genes are inserted into our vegetables? It’s up to us to decide.
Do you care about GMO labeling and want to show your support? Sunday, October 16th is World Food Day and rallies are happening all over the country. Click here to find one near you.