”If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t. ” -Michael Pollan
There’s nothing fun about GMO’s. I’m seriously worried about this insanity. Prop 37 is only about food labeling (and I still can’t believe that we have to fight so hard just for the right to know what we’re eating.)
This is the stuff that could end us as a species. Genetically Modified Food…WTF?!!! It’s outlawed throughout most of the world. Doesn’t that ding any bells for anyone?
I’m not going to try to write an article here, but I’ll blather and freak out for a moment and then give you links to really smart people in case you want to read more.
Here’s a good “definition” that I found at a great site, Responsible Technology:“A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMOs are also known as “transgenic” organisms.”
As if that’s not scary enough…
-There’s no way to contain them!! There is no way not to end up with cross contamination of crops so that eventually they will be everywhere. All it takes is a bird or a wind moving seeds from one place to another. It will be irreversible by the time we start seeing proof that it’s causing serious health and genetic problems. End of Us.
-With GMO’s, they’ve tried to make plants more insect resistant (to survive the increased amounts of toxic weed killer they want to use.) As a result they are using more and more toxic pesticides which then transfer to us. Oh, and there’s more and more…
- These new mutant proteins can act as endocrine disruptors inside of us and they don’t go away. We don’t know if this is reversible, because there are no long term studies!!
Personally, I don’t want GMO’s to exist at all. I resent that they were created and thrust into our ecosystem without our knowledge or approval. The only hope we have now is that we educate enough people that we stop giving them our money and buying their products.
And lastly… take a good look at every single company who is against Prop 37 (and don’t forget all the smaller labels/companies they own!) Those are the ones who don’t even want us to get to know what’s in our “food” (and I use that term loosely now.) Why on earth would it be important that we don’t know what we’re eating? Only one reason I can think of…BECAUSE IT’S NOT GOOD FOR US!! Because we wouldn’t want to buy it if we knew. Why else? Don’t you resent that?
Also… I believe that they’re afraid we’ll see how far and wide it has spread. They have to be pretty afraid of something.
I keep thinking of Charlton Heston at the end of Soylent Green, screaming with rage at the horror of the government cover-up of the fact that the over-populated and starving world was being fed what turned out to be other humans recycled into food. Well… Soylent Green was healthier and downright Organic compared to GMO’s!! Think about it. Watch the movie and substitute GMO’s for Soylent Green. How did we go from this being horrific and an impossible betrayal to just allowing it and even continuing to eat it? You may say, “but GMO’s aren’t actually whole humans”, and I get that. It isn’t cannibalism, exactly, but it’s not far enough away for me. Plus, it’s possible it will End Us!!
I just don’t feel calm about this.
And now, as promised, some links…
Seeds of Deception book.
California Right to Know Facebook page with lots of information and links.
A New York Times article by the brilliant Michael Pollan
Article about how GMO’s hurt Liver and Kidney’s here.