Prop 37 on the Calif. ballot (2012) would require agricultural companies to label whether their products have been genetically modified. Seems like a no brainer – right? Why wouldn’t you want to know if you were eating robot food? Especially when the estimated fiscal impact is only $1 million (for regulative purposes). That’s a period mark in the state budget.
Dozens of countries in Europe require labeling of food containing over .9% Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)s. Here in the U.S., 93% of soy, 86% of corn and 93% of canola seeds are GMOs.
GMOs were originally intended to create crops that could withstand strong pesticides and herbicides used to kill off vectors that were jeopardizing the plant’s growth. They work by way of spliced DNA which is reconfigured to withstand certain external elements. Current practice proves large corporations are spraying heavy quantities of these well-known carcinogenic liquids on crops and the food is withstanding it. But can we?
My uncle, the scientist, informed me that GMOs have been around for hundreds of years. Seedless grapes are GMOs. And watermelons. And I haven’t heard anyone complaining. But there are some larger picture pieces to this puzzle:
Where does the government intervene in private industries manufacturing processes? And when do we start to look at this as less of an economic issue and more of a human health issue?
Are GMOs necessary for today’s demands on farm production? Is there no better way to get food to the masses? Those in support seem to say yes, it is necessary to “keep up with the demand”. Which leads me to wonder, are we really at a shortfall of food production? How could this be, when nearly 6 billion pounds of fresh produce are wasted every year in the U.S. before they even make it to a grocery store. That doesn’t even include meat scraps, dairy, poultry, etc. So are GMOs really just a way for agricultural companies to profit? Or do we need it to survive?
So, GMO = UFO? You decide.
Watch this trailer to undetstand the economic, environmental, and public health problems attributed to GMO’s: