Growing Concerns Over Genetic Alteration of Food
Carson is on the steering committee of the “Right 2 Know” March, in which hikers are raising awareness of GMOs by hiking from Brooklyn, New York, to Washington D-C in time for a World Food Day rally on October 16th. It's part of Non-GMO Month, geared toward encouraging you to push for labeling of genetically-modified foods.
One leading GMO producer, Syngenta, says on its web site that we need to bioengineer plants to make them resistant to the herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides used to protect the crops. This will help produce more food for an ever-growing world population.
And Monsanto Corporation, which makes some of those chemicals used on crops, like Round-up, says the genetically-altered plants are no different from those grown naturally and are safe. Protestors claim that's not so, that the altered plants cause organ damage, sterility, diabetes, and obesity in animals. They say the benefit it mostly to Monsanto, because the altered plants become resistant to the chemicals used to treat them, requiring new and stronger products. Bronner calls it a chemical treadmill.
The US has blatantly pressured other countries to accept GMOs.
The Non-GMO Project encourages people to contact their legislators and demand that these products be properly labeled. New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt agrees that we have not kept pace with science – plants that have been genetically modified are already pollinating other non-treated plants and animals that we eat are getting this altered DNA in their systems...before we know what the end result might be.
You can find more and more products now labeled “Non-GMO.” Other advice: at least buy organic, buy locally grown food, or plant your own garden at home.
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