Monday, October 15, 2012

GMO Foods: Harmful or Helpful?

"French scientists said ... that rats fed on Monsanto's genetically modified corn or exposed to its top-selling weedkiller suffered tumors and multiple organ damage. The researchers said 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, compared with only 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group. GMOs are deeply unpopular in Europe and many other countries, but dominate key crops in the United States." 
  -- MSNBC/Reuters article on a two-year study of rats fed genetically modified foods, 9/19/2012

Are genetically modified foods helpful or harmful? Monsanto and the food industry have poured $35 million into a campaign in California against Proposition 37, which would require the labeling of foods which contain genetically modified (GM) contents. Though over 60 countries require GM food labeling, no state in the U.S. has this requirement. Yet as the major media articles below have shown, over 90% of polled U.S. residents would rather have the right to know.
The huge industry campaign against GM labeling in California has clearly had an effect. Poll results show that in late September 67% of respondents favored Proposition 37, yet by Oct. 10th that number had dropped below 50%, largely as a result of incessant advertising sponsored by Monsanto and other major food corporations. Sadly, proponents of labeling have less than $5 million to present information on the many studies showing how harmful genetically modified foods can be.
Ar link below are highly revealing news articles reported in the major media which reveal the many risks and dangers of GM foods, as well as the intense and deceptive campaign by big industry to promote these foods as healthy and avoid labeling. Links are provided to many reliable sources showing the harmful effects of these foods. Please read below, spread the word, and see our "What you can do" section below the article summaries. Thanks for caring and for making a difference in our world.
With very best wishes for a brighter future,
Fred Burks for PEERS and
Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton

1 comment:

  1. genetically modified foods (GM foods) have made a big splash in the news lately. European environmental organizations and public interest groups have been actively protesting against genetically modified foods or GM foods for months, and recent controversial studies about the effects of genetically modified foods like corn pollen on monarch butterfly caterpillars.