First, let us explain what GMOs are and why we are against them.
GMOs are created in a laboratory via gene-splicing techniques and allows DNA from one species to be combined with another, creating organisms not normally occurring in nature (yuck!). (visit www.nongmoproject.org/consumer/about-gmos/ for more info)
GMOs have many negative effects on the environment and no conclusive evidence exists to suggest they are safe for human consumption, yet an estimated 93% of soy crops and 86% of corn crops in the U.S. are genetically modified; approximately 80% of processed foods in our supermarkets contain GMOs (according to the USDA in 2009).
Our FDA is even considering releasing a GE salmon!
(read "FDA Decision Will Lead to First Ever Genetically-Modified Animal for Consumption.")
In other large, developed countries, GMO foods are regulated and even banned. "The European Union, Japan, Russia, Australia, Brazil, and China all require labeling of genetically modified food." (source: "Genetically modified foods should be labeled, group tells FDA.")
So why does our FDA think that manipulating God's intended natural process is acceptable and that releasing man-made particles into our crops and ultimately into our bodies is safe for our population and the environment, particularly when evidence suggests the opposite?
If we can't convince the FDA to regulate the use of GMOs, at least we can urge them to require labeling of GMO foods so that as consumers we know what we are putting into our bodies and what practices we are supporting by our purchases.
Here are three important steps you can take:
1. Purchase organic foods whenever possible, as by law organic foods cannot contain GMOs.
2. Tell the FDA that you want genetically engineered food to be labeled by submitting this online petition.
3. Share your knowledge and concerns with others: the more people that are educated and are willing to stand up for the current and future health of our population and our environment, the better the chances are for creating change in this country. (simple suggestion: share our article with your friends on facebook)
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE read the links on this post to learn more about GMOs and their negative consequences, as well as the recent turmoil between concerned consumers and the FDA.