Face it. We don’t want GMOs (genetically modified organisms). I don’t want ‘em, and you don’t want ‘em, or you wouldn’t be reading this blog. But most of us get discouraged because the onslaught is overwhelming, and we feel that there is little we can do personally to stop it.
Well, I’m here to tell you that there is something we can do. And it is very effective, and has the ability to rid us of the GMO scourge.
Each of us has to make the decision that we will do at least one thing… eliminate one GMO thing from our lives. That’s it. Just do it. Pick something. Like corn, for instance…
“A year ago, corn sold for around $8.30 a bushel. Last Friday it closed at $4.65 a bushel and is trading down about 5% this morning at around $4.63 a bushel.”
This is all about using the system against itself to get rid of GMOs by driving down demand through our individual purchasing actions. Yes, it seems that we can use the stock market to rid ourselves of the majority of GMOs currently being produced and sold, but it will take personal action from each and every one of us.
Here’s an example:
Price of corn goes down due to lack of demand for ethanol because people simply stopped driving as much:
“Ethanol production, which takes about 40% of the U.S. corn crop, has hit a plateau where U.S. fuel consumption is falling as people drive less, pushing down demand for ethanol, and ultimately corn.”
If farmers cannot make any money selling GMO corn, which is mainly used for ethanol, due to lack of demand, then they will stop growing it.
And that is just one use. If we simply stop using the stuff and stop spending our money on it, demand plummets, causing the market to eject the product and farmers to stop growing GMOs.
There is hope, and it lies within us. It lies in our everyday decisions, and one small decision made consistently, can make a difference. We just have to stand our ground and not get sucked in by those who would benefit by keeping us ignorant of the power that exists in those decisions. The most feared thing in a power broker’s world is the freedom of the individual to make an informed choice. Our choices can and do change the world. Make yours count.
©2013 Barbara H. Peterson