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GMO Foods: What Can I Do?

Everyone that I had read this GMO section reacted the same, from hopelessness to anger with a little panic tossed in. I had the same reaction. It makes me mad that we are ten years down the road and this has been a real kept secret. Ok, yes I have heard some things about it but I had no idea it was this widespread or had as much potential for a catastrophe. So what do we do now?

There are a lot of people pretty upset about this. Another example of big business shoving or sneaking "toxins" into our environment and the FDA/USDA being on the wrong side of the discussion. More people need to be upset about GMO foods. More people need to be informed about how widespread GMO food is in our supply. This is going to have to be a grass roots effort. The people at the top are not going to buck these large companies until it becomes politically correct to do so. Right now it isn't. Did you know much about GMO foods before you came to this page? Your friends and neighbors don't know either. Let them in on this secret.

I am a supporter of progress. I didn't put this information up there to stop it. However, when I see something like GMO and realize this is way too premature to be run wild in the environment, I want this process to slow or stop. I want us to keep it in the labs until we know more about what it means or the damage it could do. Companies like Monsanto are not concerned about what happens to me and you, they have an obligation to their stockholders ONLY. They have proven it time and time again.

So what can you do:

bulletTell everyone you know. Bring them to this web page. Get them informed. Tell them not to panic, we can slow this process down. But we HAVE TO ACT RIGHT NOW! Discuss it with them and anyone else that will listen. Ignoring this will not stop this. It will encourage it to continue. Lack of decision is a decision. Lack of action is an action.
bulletStop eating GMO foods. Do not feed this to your children. Learn who is putting GMO foods into their products. STOP BUYING GMO FOODS. Vote with your pocketbook. I guarantee you if a large number of people stopped buying these products, those companies would stop selling GMO foods!!! Buy non-GMO organic foods. We should be doing that anyway. It is better for everyone but the big companies if we bought our food locally. The change in the climate could put a stop to the fruit and vegetable farms in California. You will have to do it eventually anyway. BUY LOCALLY. SUPPORT local fruit and vegetable farmers. Tell your grocer you want to buy NON-GMO foods. Complain. Get your neighbors to do the same.
bulletWrite you Congressman. Even if some of them are in the pocket of these GMO companies they do like to get re-elected. Help large numbers of people write their Congressman. Make phone calls. Tell them what you think. They must hear that. Elect Congressman locally, state level and nationally that support slowing the GMO plague down. Ask them their opinions. Make them state their stand on GMO foods publicly. This is an important topic that concerns the future of your children and grandchildren.
bulletContact the local media. Find someone that has the guts to put this information in print or on TV. Be aware that these outlets are mostly controlled by a few large companies who control what you see and hear, so you need to find someone that is not afraid. Most of the media people do not know how serious this issue is. Educate them!
bulletTeach your children about GMO foods. Tell them to discuss it with their school mates so they take it home. Children should not be eating GMO foods. We don't know what it will do to them long term. No one is watching to see. No one knows.
bulletSupport organizations fighting the big fight. There are links below to some of these. They are fighting your fight. They are fighting our fight. Let them know you support them. Contribute what you can to their fight.
bulletPhone call-in talk shows. Bring the topic up. Be informed and prepared when you call. Know your points or questions. Write them out before you make the call. Force the topic to be discussed where ever you can.
bulletGo to your children's school(s) and demand NON-GMO food be served. Most of these people don't even know they are serving it. Talk to other parents and inform them as to the GMO concerns. Organize efforts to get this message through to the school. Don't take 'No' as answer. This is about your children's health and future. Bring it up at Parent Teacher meetings.
 
bulletDownload some of the articles on the other pages. I have made PDF's of them so that you can do that. Print them off and hand them out. Email them to your friends and family. Send to the media. Get the word out. Let's reveal this secret. That is why this web page is here. Here are some of my favorites:
bulletMichael Meacher
bullet Ask the Canadians
bullet Why I Think it Matters
bullet Why Monsanto Changed It's Mind - Good overall view
bullet Dr. Mae-Wan Ho told the People's Health Assembly - GMO's and Human Health This is the one I would use. Read this article if you haven't.

What we should demand:

bulletGMO foods must be labeled as such. This is the least we can demand. This will go a long way to making people aware of how widespread this is. If people knew what foods are GMO because the label said it this issue would quickly come to a head. Why was the proposal to require GMO foods to be labeled as such stopped? NON-GMO foods are being labeled by the manufacturer. Read the labels. If it doesn't say NON-GMO it is very likely a GMO product.
bulletGMO foods must be slowed down or stopped until more is known about the long term implications. This could be a path of a worse case scenario. No one knows. Let's be sure. We don't need to find out when it is too late. The scientists admit they don't have enough information at this point to be doing genetic manipulation and know what the overall implications are. Our race doesn't have the maturity, the knowledge or track record to be playing GOD. This is not an issue about profits, it is an issue about your children and grandchildren. It could be an issue about life on earth as we know it. (1)

A Monsanto official told the New York Times, October 25, 1998, that the corporation should not have to take responsibility for the safety of its food products.

"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food," said Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job."

What does the FDA think about this?

Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety.” — FDA,  “Statement  of  Policy: Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties” (GMO Policy), Federal Register, Vol. 57, No. 104 (1992), p. 22991

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Links to other places you can find out what you can do:

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The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) was founded in 2003 by Jeffrey Smith, a leading spokesperson on the risks of genetically modified (GM) foods, to promote the responsible use of technology and stop GM foods and crops through both grassroots and national strategies.
This is a web page you want to visit.
bulletKeep Nature Natural -http://www.keepnatural.org/
bulletThe Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods - http://www.thecampaign.org
bulletGenetically Engineered Food Alert - http://www.gefoodalert.org
bulletFriends of the Earth - http://www.foe.org/
bulletOrganic Consumers Association - http://www.purefood.org/
bulletGreenpeace - http://www.greenpeace.org

 

Footnotes:

bullet(1) Genetically Modified Foods are Inherently Unsafe - The Institute for Responsible Technology
 
 

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