NJ Jaeger

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Do you think genetically modified foods remain unlabeled due to politicial influence?

Consumer Activists Unite to Demand Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods
Visit: www.facebook.com/rallyfortherighttoknow2011 for more information

Washington D.C. – A growing number of consumer activists are staging demonstrations all over the US, with the largest so far at the White House on March 26, 2011.

They demand labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and they’re urging activists around the country to “Rally for the Right to Know” locally. The idea has spread like wildfire with other grassroots rallies already being planned in Colorado, Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee, Florida and Oregon to coincide with the rally in Washington DC.

Their demands are simple:
1.We have the right to know and want genetically modified foods labeled.
2.We want factory farmed animal and genetically modified animal products labeled.
3.We want independent, transparent, long-term studies done on the safety of GMO’s for animals, plants and humans.
4.We want the organic industry protected from cross-contamination and law suits to organic farmers.

The FDA currently considers GM foods “substantially equivalent” and therefore doesn’t require labeling.

There is a growing body of scientific evidence that shows:
• Health risks and environmental dangers,
• Corporate control of world food and seed supplies,
• Monopolization through patents,
• Government lobbying and corporate interest over human interest in all levels of government.

Monsanto is the leader in GM patents with their biotech seeds and/or trait technology accounting for 88% of the total GM crop area worldwide.

“We will not stop in our efforts to accomplish our goals. If the FDA won’t tell people, we will."

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    Mar 20 2011: I had not really thought much about genetically modified foods until recently when I read that Wikileaks had released a cable that indicated that Bush's administration was prepared to wage a trade war to further the Monsanto company's genetically modified product in Europe where the population has clearly led their governments to ward off these types of foods. I had not understood that the US government was so involved with forwarding the marketing agendas of preferred companies in other sovereign jurisdictions. Europeans appear to feel strongly that these sorts of products are not safe enough to consume and yet North Americans had not even been given the opportunity for real dialogue before the ingredients were in our food already without our knowledge.
    I do think that genetically modified foods have the potential for greater yields to feed more people but they come at a price and often with proprietary claws.
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    Mar 23 2011: You're going to love Root Wolfe's recently posted talk that asks about this issue and ethics.
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    Mar 23 2011: I don't see how there can be any doubt that GM foods remain unlabeled as a direct result of influence, political or otherwise. We have the right to know and everyone should demand to know by choosing to buy only those things that have fully disclosed ingredients, substantially equivalent or not. We all make a choice when we buy.
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    Mar 20 2011: Greater yields from GM technology as a whole is untrue and has been categorically disproven by an exhaustive study from the Union of Concerned Scientists in their "Failure to Yield' report. Additionally, the new UN Report: Agroecology and the right to food - says loud and clear- GM technology is not the answer. (Report at www.srfood.org by United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Olivier De Schutter - published this month.) In a nutshell, there are documented health risks to humans and animals, as well as cross-contamination lawsuits bankrupting our farmers. No independent safety testing has been done on the GM food you eat - which remains unlabeled despite President Obama's campaign promise to do so...