Genetically Modified Organisms: "Frankenfood"

Updated May 30, 2013

"GMOs (or "genetically modified organisms") are organisms that have been created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This relatively new science typically merges DNA from different species, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. Virtually all commercial GMOs are bred to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. None of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other customer benefit. Studies, meanwhile, increasingly show a correlation between comsumption of GMOs and an array of health risks." ~

On Saturday, May 25, 2013, nearly two million (2,000,000) people participated in a global protest of Monsanto. Marches held in over 400 U.S. cities and 50 countries helped to raise awareness of the possible dangers of genetically modified foods. Many countries require that foods that contain GMOs be labeled, but in the U.S. our government consistently refuses to do so.

It should be noted that Michael Taylor, current head of the FDA, is a former policy advisor at Monsanto. When lawsuits by farmers against Monsanto reach the Supreme Court, one judge who consistently sides with the corporation over the farmer is Clarence Thomas--former attorney for Monsanto.

Information about the risks of GMOs rarely make mainstream media news, but if you search on the internet, you will find literally hundreds of articles on this topic. Please research and please learn. While the goal is to get genetically modified foods out of this country, as a first step we need to make more people aware of GMOs so that there can be better leverage for labeling.

Learn why over 200,000 farmers in India have killed themselves after signing contracts to buy seeds from corporations like Monsanto. Learn why Hungary burned over 1000 acres of GMO maize. Think about the food that you feed your children or grandchildren. Is it safe? Is it nutritious? Will they develop health problems? Will you?

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