by Christina Sarich
Monsanto, Dow, Cargill, and many dozen food manufacturers are trying to fight the imminent passage of labeling bills in both Colorado and Oregon, claiming that GMOs’ are ‘safe,’ and that labeling will only lead to food hysteria. But the fact is, much of the modern world requires labeling of GMO foods, or downright bans them. What about the United States? No labeling here!
Companies like Safeway, Target, and Starbucks don’t want to tell you what is in your food, and neither do Kraft, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and more, but its time to stop these corporate monsters in their tracks. The U.S. is the land of plenty – or used to be, but corporations given personhood and the biotech industry have taken over. Why does the U.S. even have to fight this fight when 64 other countries already label or completely ban GMOs?
The fact is that Americans eat lots of processed food – food that is full of GMO corn, soy, rice, and sugar beets – four of the biggest GMO money-making crops on the planet.
In the book “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us,” Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Michael Moss exposes how the unregulated food industry has developed unhealthy ways to get consumers hooked on their brands. They know many of us are hooked on ‘fake-foods’ like drug addicts on crack, but that is all about to change.
We don’t need to eat their RoundUp-drenched crap anymore, but we also need to require labeling so that even ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ foods are safe from biotech meddling. (Though many argue that GMO labeling isn’t enough, that even with labeling, organic crops will be contaminated with GM crops and biotech giants will continue to plant GM crops.)
The following 64 countries require GMO labeling of some kind:
(Courtesy of The Center for Food Safety):
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- El Salvador
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- United Kingdom