WellWise.org has always passionately campaigned for full disclosure about GMO in our foods. When consumers have an option to choose between Genetically Modified foods and non-GMO foods, our majority will go for the GMO free products.
It's been said that close to 90% of all food products in the American supermarket contain a GMO ingredient. The main culprits are corn and soybeans, and their derivative products such as corn oil, corn starch and vitamin E extracted from corn.
It's virtually impossible to get fish oil without vitamin E from GMO corn.
It's virtually impossible to get French fries without corn oil.
It's virtually impossible to get chicken not fed on GMO corn.
The list goes on and on.
Powerful commercial and political forces are against full disclosure to consumers, and they have successfully blocked a labeling mandate so far. But that's about to change. The right to know whether a food contains GMO is on the ballot in the state of California for the November 2012 elections, and the measure has a very good chance of passing. When that happens, the rest of the United States must follow, because it's an open market and manufacturers can not label specifically for Californian consumers; They will have to have one label that applies to all 50 states.
Let's repeat the reasons why GMO is a bad idea:
1. GMO foods have not been tested for safety.
2. GMO foods contaminate their DNA via pollen drift to non-GMO crops, such as organic corn. This will result in a mono-culture with significant risks for our worldwide food production.
3. GMO foods are designed to tolerate large quantities of pesticides and herbicides, or are engineered to make these chemicals themselves, and thus keep pests away. Again, this is untested territory, and the impact on other plants, weed and pest resistance, soil chemistry and soil bacteria are unknown.
4. Weeds and pests are programmed to adapt, and will outsmart the GMO engineers. Superweeds are already a problem in the Midwest.
5. GMO foods are a "big corporate" play. The seeds are patented, and the business model is to squeeze if possible all profit out of the farmer into the pocket of the Monsantos and Duponts of this world. The farmers and the consumers are the ones to pay for this, either monetarily or with ill health or environmental risks and hazards.