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GMO Labeling Threatens Corporate Profits

The California initiative on the ballot this November, Proposition 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Act, is a direct threat to corporate greed.

The players are Monsanto, who leads the world in production of GMO crops.  Followed closely are Monsanto’s partners in crime:  Dow, Syngenta and other biotech giants.  The food industry, namely the Grocery Marketer’s Association, is up in arms over this!  Food manufacturers like Con-Agra, PepsiCo, General Mills, Kellogg’s and other food giants are fighting against it.  Count in others like good ole Wal-Mart, who just agreed to sell GMO corn products.  Then there are the restaurants of the fast food industry who rely on massive amounts of cheap ingredients like this GMO and herbicide-poisoned corn to make their unhealthy food. 

They don’t like this because it threatens their control of our food.  It also will bite deeply into their profits due to packaging changes. Undoubtedly these costs  will be passed on to the consumer.  

In this nation 85% of corn, 91% of soy, 88% of cotton (as in cottonseed oil)  ,  and 95% of sugar beets are grown are GMO. Other crops include canola (oil) zucchini and yellow squash.  Roughly 70% of the food sold in the store is genetically modified. (Yes, you’re eating GMO food right now!)  

These same manufacturers, of course,  will want to cash in on the GMO-free side of the food business, but it would be more expensive for them.  They’ll just shift the non-GMO production to their subsidiaries:  many of which you know as “natural” and “organic”  food companies. See  who owns your organic & natural foods company.

Bottom line here is that GMO labeling, if accepted in California, will likely spread to the rest of the country.  This would be a tremendous blow to the food industry.  According to polls, about 90% of respondents favor labeling of GMO ingredients. 

Why shouldn’t we have GMO labeling?  Monsanto and the GMO proponents don’t want us finding out what’s in our food.  They want to keep the secrets of potential harm due to eating GMO food from consumers; they want to keep hidden the true numbers and horrific environmental and health damage that Round-Up and 2-4-D have caused. 

Already the evidence has gotten too big to contain.  At first it was easy:  silence the naysayers with gag orders, threaten them, falsify and hide crucial data.  Now, however, more independent scientists are speaking out and the internet has become a valuable research tool.  Jeffrey Smith, who heads The Institute of Responsible Technology, has some of the best info on all facets of GMO food. It’s worth a look.

The American people are speaking out!  They want to know what’s in their food!  Why are we being denied the information?

Greed, profits, corporate control – that’s why.

 

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Author: B T Hylle

Humanitarian, environmental and food activist, blogging on current societal issues. My blogs cover what's in our food and how it affects our health; the effects of our seemingly small actions regarding chemical and pesticide use in and around our homes and its impact on our Earth.

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