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Anti GMO DemonstrationsThose hoping for a ban on GMO crops know that the issue will only be resolved through a series of incremental steps. Labeling GMO food products would go a long way towards that goal. By giving consumers the knowledge of which foods they purchase contain GMO they will have a choice. And if given a choice, we can guess which side consumers would come down on.

The labeling movement took a big step this month in California when supporters turned in nearly a million signatures to put the labeling issue on the ballot (550,000 signatures were needed). The United States lags behind other countries in the banning, let alone labeling, of GMOs. While we wait for the count to be certified in California, here’s a citizen-written editorial that makes common sense of the GMO issue. The takeaway:

It was just announced that, following in the footsteps of Germany, Hungary, Greece, Luxembourg, Austria and Bulgaria, food-friendly France became the latest member of the European nations to prohibit the planting of Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds. Huh? And it seems that Russia, Brazil, China, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand all require labels identifying genetically modified foods. And Japan, Ireland and Egypt have even decided to ban all genetically modified foods.

Should the United States join the international momentum?

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2 Responses to “GMOtion”

  1. Jan on June 26th, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    This has been an eye-opener for me on how the FDA functions. I wrote in early on, and was basically told I was too late, and the only comments being taken were on labeling. So, I signed all the petitions I could and wrote a letter urging labels. No labels? Sounds like this decision was made early on and what people care about it does not matter in the least. Isn’t it incredible that GMOs are imposed on us? We should have a right NOT to eat them if we choose. Apparently 75% of the food on our shelves contain GMOs. I feel as you do about the salmon. Not enough testing has been done. Thanks for writing this post and alerting the public.

  2. Natalia on August 16th, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    You are right about GMO’s. Its sad to say that I didn’t know. I only knew they weren’t good and I appreciate the review since I had just a small idea of what GMO’s were.