GMO labeling is up for vote here in Colorado this week, as well as in Oregon —
This is a critical time for our food supply, therefore our health.
Do we have a right to know what’s in our food? — OF COURSE WE DO!
But, the forces in opposition to labeling, with so much to lose, have done a masterful job in convincing much of the population that is not what they want.
I won’t get into the effects on our health and that of all future generations here, but it is estimated today that 75% of processed food in the US contains genetically engineered ingredients, often well hidden, or with names changed to confuse the consumer. The next time you go to the typical grocery store, look around into other carts and they will most likely contain a high percentage of processed foods, therefore, GMO ingredients. Since genetic engineering was introduced into our food in 1996, the five main commodity crops (corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar beets, and canola) have been engineered to kill insects in the field and/or survive the repeated application of the weed killer, Roundup.
Certain genetically engineered corn has been engineered to produce pesticides in its own cellular tissue. In fact, GMO corn is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency as an insecticide, but sold unlabeled in grocery stores in the US.
64 countries around the world do require labeling, and US food producers are already using labels to export to these counties. Some of these countries are top exporters of Colorado crops and foods. Labeling as the standard in Colorado would only help our farmers in the international, as well as US, market. The history of these 64 countries is an indicator of the impact of labeling genetically engineered products – It did NOT result in price spikes, as the opponents claim it will. These suppliers are already making the appropriate labels, but only send them to countries where the citizens have already claimed the right to know what’s in their food. People in 2 states have an opportunity to claim that right on voting day.
— I hope that fellow citizens have not been too brain washed by Monsanto ($5mill.), Dupont, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Nestle, General Mills, Bayer, Dow, ConAgra, Campbell, Hershey, Kellogg Co., and all of the other “all-American ” companies who have contributed to the propaganda campaign to stop citizens from claiming their right to know.
Note: According to the USDA, between 93 and 95% of corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar beets, and canola in the Us is genetically engineered. also, varieties of GE papayas, zucchini, yellow-crook squash, and alfalfa have been approved in the US. Also, GMO apples, bananas, and GMO salmon areawaiting approval. Dow Cemical has developed GE corn and soybeans, known as ENLIST, solely to withstand high, repeated doses of 2,4-D (1/2 of the ingredients of Agent Orange, which was used in Vietnam). The EPA approved these crops on October 15, continuing to favor the interests of the biotech industry, rather than health and the environment.
To my fellow Coloradoans: Please get out, vote YES on proposition 105 & Claim YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW!
and in Oregon: YES on 92