October Is Non-GMO Month! How Will You Celebrate?
This October marks the second ever Non-GMO Month. The Non-GMO Project created Non-GMO Month last year as a platform for raising awareness about the GMO issue and the risks GMOs (genetically modified organisms) pose to our health and the environment.
A GMO, or genetically modified organism, is any a plant, animal or microorganism that has has its genetic material altered using genetic engineering techniques. Click here to learn more about GMOs and why they are cause for concern.
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization working to protect consumers’ right to make informed choices about whether or not to consume GMOs. They offer the only third-party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products in the U.S.
According to their Non-GMO Month website, “Non-GMO Month is an opportunity to coordinate our voices and our actions, so that we can stand up loudly and clearly for our right to know what’s in our food, and to choose non-GMO.” They offer a few suggestions for celebrating Non-GMO Month such as attending or hosting a film screening or other event in your community, participating in the historic Right2Know March (happening right now) and pledging to choose Non-GMO Project Verified foods for the month of October.
So far this year, we’ve written quite a lot on the GMO issue. Back in January, I wrote an article titled, 5 Things I’d Like to See Happen This Year, which included my wish for the government “to lay some guidelines for the GMOs that have begun to enter our food supply.” Unfortunately, as the year progressed, we saw exactly the opposite happen, with the USDA seemingly on course to completely deregulate all new GMO crops.
For example, in February, we saw the USDA give farmers the go-ahead to plant Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready alfalfa. Just a few days later, they greenlighted RoundUp Ready sugar beets, citing an impending nationwide sugar shortage:
Then, it was GMO corn for biofuel:
And perhaps most disconcerting of all, came a shady backdoor effort late in the day on the Friday before a holiday weekend in which the USDA exempted a genetically engineered grass from regulation. This decision, some experts said, may have opened the floodgates for the deregulation of all GMO crops:
And just last month, it came to light that a new USDA initiative supposedly designed to compensate organic farmers whose crops become contaminated with GMOs, could actually be a ruse designed to protect Monsanto:
There’s a lot of debate out there about the safety of GMOs. Proponents of GMO technology argue that there are no credible studies showing that GMOs are harmful to humans. However, those who oppose GMOs (such as myself), believe that studies are beginning to emerge that do illustrate harmful health effects associated with their consumption. We also believe that since GMOs have only been in the food supply for less than a generation, the long-term effects of their consumption are not yet known. Here are a few articles on the dangers posed by GMOs in our food supply:
We also touched on Monsanto’s “greenwashing” and “healthwashing” marketing campaigns aimed at making us think that their GMO seeds are, in fact, the answer to all the world’s problems:
Naturally, the question of why the biotech industry and the USDA are so opposed to the labeling of GMO-containing foods came up repeatedly in our articles. If GMOs are as harmless as they claim they are, then this shouldn’t really be an issue at all. Here are a few posts that cover the GMO labeling issue:
I’d also like to include some of the positive things we learned about that people are doing to raise awareness of the GMO issue:
And finally, here are some tips on how to avoid consuming GMOs:
How will you celebrate Non-GMO Month? What are your thoughts on GMOs? Please leave a comment below!
Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.