Creating Waves of Awareness
GMO Labeling — No Go Spin To Appease Consumers With No Scientific Evidence
Who writes this spin? You may exchange "spin" for another four-letter word that begins with "S." Some huge organizations must have gotten together to write an article or paid a professional copy editor to find every way to twist and turn the truth in such a way that people would be blinded by the darkness. Instead, let's keep turning up the light! Let's demand the TRUTH, FACTS, and FREEDOM of INFORMATION. Isn't that what a true democracy and our constitution provides?
62 World Countries Require GMO Labeling
Why are these organizations trying so damn hard to cover up and hide any labeling information in America? They have an ulterior motive, which they have actually come out into the open to say that consumers would begin to question the foods they select to put on their plates. Well, its about time! Finally, we are a sick nation and there is a reason for that. Our bodies do not like anything artificial, non-foods and anything they cannot identify. Living organisms evolved over millennia with their environment and suddenly making genetic changes cannot be adapted to well without functional disruption. We can all be independent investigative reporters and delve into the meat of the matter.
State-by-state, consumers demand to know their food source, the manufacturing, packaging, transportation and delivery practices. This is part and parcel of the safety and quality of the food. When a truck carries oil, grain, milk, juice or other product, we should know. All kosher products state whether it is parve, milk or meat; or whether the plant processed peanuts, legumes, wheat, or other grains that may cause sensitivities to individuals.
Give The People The Benefit Of The Doubt. Treat Us Like Adults Who Can Make Personal Life Decisions
Thus, we have a right to know if a food is a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) or Genetically Engineered (GE) or Organic, or some other method of production. Let each and every person determine for them self whether they feel this information is "useful" or "not useful." Why should some other authority take away this right or dominate our ability to use our own intelligence? What the heck! Can you imagine a reverse warning label telling consumers that the NON-GMO label is not useful?! is this the same as a cigarette warning label telling people that nicotine and other noxious substances are harmful to health? What, in truth, rests behind the devious labeling proposal?
Uncalled For Name Calling Practices As Typical Practice To Sway Reader
What exactly does it mean to "pander" or "accommodate" or "yield" the needs of consumers, especially those sensitive to particular substances? Why are such contrary "labels" given to people who want the truth in labeling?
Patronizing name calling, such as "technophobic" tries to spin these concerned consumers into outsiders or crazy nerds. Whereas, the government has no problem to determine other warnings and labels when it affects minority groups. They attempt to say that people do not have legitimate concerns about their food.
In addition, they label and "group" people by crossing over from learning about what foods they want to put into their mouths, with the very, very small numbers of people who have concerns about vaccinating their tiny defenseless children with tons of vaccines that have not been thoroughly tested, or rushed to market, or compared the health to groups of non-vaccinated children. In fact, they tell us outright that the groups most concerned are the educated "intelligent" parents who have done their homework and research into these matters. What makes the most sense to you as a literate person? Without any actual science, a blanket statement that there is a resurgence of disease, does not tell the entire story about ineffectual vaccines, multiple vaccines, and the development of disease resistance.
True Science Involves Observation and Investigation Of All Data
People have been doing their own investigation into food manufacturing. Why can't we shine a light in these areas that need supervision and observation? Why work so hard to turn our heads in a different direction or cover our eyes so we can't see the truth? What is the actual "distraction?" The distraction from looking decisively at the science, the outcomes from laboratory results, the cancers and other adverse effects. Who's to determine what facts really matter? As a matter of fact, every food has information about sugar content and all types of fats, calorie content, cholesterol, added preservatives and added vitamins, etc.
It has not been conclusively determined the health effects of GMO in the short and long term. However, many scientific anecdotal observations indicate that GMO traits, as BT toxin, herbicide resistance, and the increase of ecological effects and human morbidity. (purdue) Lies and more lies.
“History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics. Vested interests have never been known to have willingly divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them.” B. R. Ambedkar quotes
We must be vigilant to understand organizational, governmental and industrial ties. Some quotes may easily be taken out of context to support a position. Monsanto is one of the greatest financial contributors to the AAAS. Can you see any conflict of interest? On pure ethical grounds, we must question the conclusions stated by this author.
Who are the real fear mongers? Who is deliberately attempting to use deception against a vast population? When individuals learn about the scientific data and question the results of the research; and read the news reports about the devastation of honey bees and monarch butterflies, etc, who are those deliberately trying to twist the truth?
Humans may have been using paint brushes to hybridize new fruits and vegetables in ways that nature might herself produce when given the chance. Manipulating genomes through the implantation of cross species is against the will of the creator and against nature. This could not possibly happen outside of a laboratory. The use of these GMO developed monocultures crops has lead to the demise of soil organisms and the hierarchy of the animal kingdom as we know it. Always remember, we live in a "complex adaptive system" where so many factors interrelate we do not even have all the knowledge to base our actions on solid ground. One tweak of a gene, may cause devastation and death in many species without our knowledge. However, already, we have seen this happen in both the plant and animal kingdoms.
The Asian countries and people have all rejected the use of "yellow rice" exactly because it does not look nor taste like the authentic ancient strains used for millennia. It's obviously not "the same."
Most unfortunately, our FDA has failed us. They rush products to market and the chairman of the FDA was the former president and CEO of Monsanto, the largest purveyor of GMO crops. Do we see another conflict of interest? Why does the public not get to "see" all the reports and data from these extensive trials? They have protection under PATENT LAWS and hide under the guise of PROPRIETARY PROPERTY. Even the Union of Concerned Scientist has put forth a document indicating the troubled state of the FDA and demanding independent science and testing to drive decision making.
Again, unfortunately, the ubiquitous nature that has scammed the American people and those purchasing GMO foods from the USA have opened Pandora's Box to untold adverse effects.
The latest controversy. As of this writing GMO Wheat is illegal in the USA. However, farmers are finding roundup resistant wheat strains in their fields. How did it get there? Pollen from experimental trials which can travel hundreds of miles have contaminated native wheat strains and now are ramifying themselves in the food chain. "Monsanto has been in the news simultaneously for its unapproved glyphosate tolerant GM wheat that has turned up in a farmer’s field in Oregon; and Japan and then South Korea suspended their wheat imports for fear of GM contamination, leading to a 4% drop in Monsanto’s shares . The shipments were eventually cancelled, which could cost US farmers billions." http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Ban_GMOs_Now.php#contents
When we cannot even tell one item from another, is this a good thing or a bad thing? Just because a laboratory observation cannot tell the difference between a natural product and a synthetic artificial product does not mean that the innate living organism cannot tell a difference. Chemically these foods may appear the same, but on a deeper genetic level, they are absolutely manifestly not the same. How many people who take a brand name drug have a problem when taking a generic drug that is the same exact chemical composition. Let's ask this question. Have you heard of fool's gold?
By definition if you are using BT corn to make corn flakes it is different in its genetic and chemical composition, as compared to natural strains of corn. And the same for soybeans and sugar beets.
The author failed to report that every single cell in the GMO corn plant contains BT toxin. Everything you are eating! Do we understand the long term effects of humans and other species eating bacterial toxins daily in their food supply? In fact, David Suzuki tells us that the plant cannot turn this substance or genetic factor on and off, as it would normally in nature change its chemical expressions toward insects. Scientists have absolutely NO IDEA what the long term effect of these genetic modifications would do to the human digestive tract or any other organ or tissue.
More lies about the reduction in harmful pesticide use when developing GMO crops circulate in industrial literature. The consumers are asking for all information about food production, including insecticide, pesticide and fungicide and herbicide usage. Families have been recording adverse events like allergies and auto-immune disorders after eating these GMO foods.
It has been a drawn out battle for the truth in labeling, with the heavy weights like Monsanto and Dupont pouring millions into the marketing campaign to prevent consumers from reading the facts on the label and making personal decisions. How many decades have these companies been developing, testing, growing and serving these GMO foods without the public's knowledge and consent? Now is the time. The cat is out of the bag. She's scouting around and sniffing out the mice. Now, consumers must be wary of any kind of "disclaimers" or deceptive package labeling to appease the uninformed. If we read GMO-free or Non-GMO does this also mean organic or pesticide, herbicide, or insecticide free?
Ancient rabbinic laws have been changed in societies and cultures when the majority of people have rallied and asked for leniency in certain matters. However, in other areas the structure of universal truth cannot be bent. In this case, the people are simply asking for information. That's it. Nothing more. They do not want to be deceived or feel that the government does not have their best interest in mind. We live in an era when our systems have failed to protect our rights and health. We live in a times when drug recalls, medical and scientific conclusions change almost on a daily basis, and when dietary recommendations have suddenly shifted our thinking. In order to preserve some trust in our government there is absolute no way the laws can take away our right to know.
The author of the daily news article did not even mention that virtually every western nation in the world requires GMO Labeling including Canada, Australia, the European Union and Eastern European countries. And, these countries are burning GMO crops and turning them off their shores. Indeed, the nation with the largest population, China, and second highest population, India, bans all GMO crops and foods products. We lag far behind if we can't even label the products to differentiate them from natural or organic foods. What's taking us so long? We should have taken care of truth in labeling issues and banning GMO many years ago.
Very good written material. Thank you Debby!
Excellent material, Debby : CONGRATS ! Please keep on sharing... Thank YOU!!!