When Organic Housewives started back in 2011 we started providing tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle through the foods we eat and education. One of the ways we make healthy living simple is by personally vetting ALL of the products we offer to you to make sure that what you are buying for your families are truly clean and of the highest quality. Part of the process in finding “clean” products is making sure that the it is free of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Although we have touched on the topic in the past and why you should avoid them we feel we need to expound on the topic as we are at a critical moment in our Nation’s future on this subject.
In the last five years the proliferation of GMOs in our food system has risen sharply. Although awareness has increased, we still need to share the message and continue to say “No to GMOs” at our stores and markets. Voting with our dollars seems to be the only thing that affects the food manufacturers and providers to make these important changes.
Business is responding with positive steps forward. The global organic food and beverages market which was estimated at $57.2 billion in 2010 is expected to reach $104.50 billion this year. In the last six months, several food and restaurant businesses have announced plans to reformulate their offerings to eliminate artificial ingredients, including GMOs.
We are a very critical point in the health of our Country on many levels. Currently there is a bill before Congress that aims to keep us in dark as consumers. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 (H.R. 4432) will remove any requirements for manufacturers to label foods containing GMOs.
We all have a right to know what’s in our food.
Did you know?
Currently, 64 countries around the world require labeling of foods containing GMOs. Most other developed countries—including 28 nations in the European Union, as well as Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and China—require labeling.
However here in the United States, various food companies joined together to sue the state of Vermont, the first state to pass legislation requiring labeling of GMO food.
Think about it…
If GMOs are good for you and provide so much benefit, it should be a food manufacturer and marketer’s dream to be able to say “This product contains GMOs” or “This product is made with GMOs” but that’s simply not the case.
They not only go out of the way to not label it but have spent millions of dollars in fighting against having GMOs labeled! It’s really quite simple. Genetically engineered food should be labeled, so you can decide whether you want to risk ingesting them.
So why doesn’t the United States require labeling?
That seems like common sense to us—so why do the large corporations fight against labeling the actual product they have created?
Argument #1: The cost of new labels will be great and passed along to the consumer.
An independent food labeling study has shown this is unlikely as manufacturers routinely update labels for marketing reasons.
Argument #2: We need GMO crops to “feed the world”.
Recent studies show that GMO yields are hardly keeping pace with non-GMO crops. Farmers growing GMO crops have had to rely on ramping up their use of toxic weed killers and struggle with the evolution of herbicide-resistant “superweeds.”
Although not everyone may be able to buy organic over 90% of Americans have stated over and over again that they want GMOs labeled. We should be informed and make our own choices about what we feed our families and ourselves.
As business owner’s and parent’s who are promoting healthy living, it would be irresponsible of us not to push hard on this topic that will shape our ability to keep our planet and future generations healthy. Don’t just take our word for it. We encourage you to visit sites such as JustLabelIt.org and The Institute for For Responsible Technology to learn more about how to protect your right to know and what is being fed to your families.
So again the question, are GMOs safe?
Technically the verdict is still out. Although over 2,000 studies have been done, many showing that GM feed is safe and nutritionally equivalent to non-GMO feed in cattle, the long-term effects are still unknown. There are also studies that show the opposite with organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Just like cigarettes, lead paint and DDT were thought to be safe and short-term studies showed them not to have effects on living organisms we have learned the long and hard way that this simply isn’t true. Personally, we don’t think GMOs are a risk worth taking for our families and do everything we can to avoid them. Given what we know about GMOs and the Given the proliferation of GMOs in our current food supply they are almost impossible to avoid (in this Country) unless you are diligent in reading labels.
Yours in health,
Donna and Daniela