Time after time we hear about another genetically modified organism (GMO) being approved for our food supply, yet still see the same labels at the supermarket and think that nothing has changed. The reality is, things have changed, and changed drastically.
Approximately 85% of our processed food contains GMOs, and no labeling is required. Congress, the Supreme Court, and the USDA are going to do absolutely nothing about turning this around and have no intentions of forcing companies to truthfully label products containing GMOs. In fact, the opposite is true. These entities have done their very best to make sure that GMOs are being grown and consumed by as many people as possible. To expect them to act differently and somehow do a complete turn-around and support the public’s right to know what they are eating is merely a pipe dream, and colossal waste of precious time and energy.
The following is a letter from Concerned Citizen. He has reached the same conclusion that I have – one on one is the way to go. While we run in circles trying to get someone in Congress to listen, we could be going straight to the source and giving people the information they need to understand that GMOs are unhealthy, have been put in our food without our consent or knowledge, and the only way to stop the GMO takeover is to get informed, get mad, and stop buying them.
Remember! Food activism starts at home – eliminate the GMOs from your kitchen, and spread the word to others at the supermarket, soccer game, bake sale, and/or any other place that people congregate to shop and eat. Don’t be afraid to speak up and educate. Most people that you run into will not even want to hear about the pesticides and genetically modified poisons in our food, but some will, so don’t give up.
From Concerned Citizen:
I imagine anyone reading this will know by now that Monsanto’s former vice president, Michael Taylor, is our nation’s food safety authority as Deputy Commissioner for Food at the FDA. And to think he is only one of many other former private sector biotech and pharmaceutical employees who have risen to the bureaucrat arena is a very serious matter.
It should be apparent enough to see that petition efforts are likely to be worthless unless they could somehow get air time – which will likely never happen. Nearly equal in futility are the small demonstrations we have organized and attended. Politicians are largely out to lunch and have no interest in taking a stand despite the unnumbered phone calls, emails and faxes voicing our concerns.
We need to take a serious lesson from the California ballot initiative campaign for GMO labeling which recently achieved its signatures goal for a referendum in the upcoming elections. The fantastic organization and untiring work of those great individuals is deeply inspiring and we all need to imitate their determination, but in my opinion, in a different way. While this work is highly commendable it can be shot down by the judicial system, regardless of the will of the people.
My suggestion and urging is to no longer solely depend upon social networking and all the other activities of the past, but to roll up our sleeves and do the hard work of door to door literature drop campaigns to educate our neighbors about what we know and they don’t.
I am fully in agreement with Jeffery Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology (www.responsibletechnology.org) that getting enough Americans to say no to GMOs in the supermarket is the surest way to usher out the GMO era. Everything else will or can fall short, even successful referendums for labeling.
Please consider challenging your members to sacrifice their time and dollar to obtain success over the stealth in the marketplace.
To understand just how the labeling process can be subverted, all we have to do is look at the European Union’s labeling directive. We must do the legwork to get these abominations off our shelves, label or not, by educating our neighbors and friends, and refusing to buy them. Get educated, get mad, then get moving. It is truly up to us – no one will do it for us. No one.
©2012 Barbara H. Peterson