Why Does the U.S. Refuse to Label GMOs?
In what area of policy does the United States differ from every nation in Europe, as well as Australia, Japan, Russia, India and China? Well, each of these countries requires the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), while the U.S. has refused to budge on this issue.
In fact, the U.S. is becoming more and more isolated among industrialized nations in its stubborn insistence that GMOs are perfectly safe for human consumption. Would it surprise you that the companies that create GMOs are primarily U.S. corporations? It’s seemingly another case of special interests winning, and average citizens losing out.
As I recently reported, new research published in a well-respected scientific journal showed that genetically modified corn can cause massive tumors, organ damage, and even early death in rats. In light of this, I think a strong argument can be made that Americans citizens have a right to demand that GMOs be banned until further research concludes they are safe. So, it’s seemingly a no brainer, that at the very least, we should be able to read a food label and be told if GMOs are present.
There may be hope on the horizon. In November, Californians will vote on Proposition 37, which will require GMO labeling. The hope is that if this proposition is approved, it will create a domino effect that will ultimately lead to nationwide guidelines. Thus, it’s important to all Americans that Proposition 37 is passed. I encourage you to sign this petition to show your support.
In this video, Alexis Baden-Mayer, political director of the Organic Consumers Association, explains why the results of this study, even though it was conducted on rats, are indicative of the human health hazards presented by GMOs and the herbicide glyphosphate (otherwise known as Round-Up). She also provides some insight into the fight to get Proposition 37 passed and how you can get involved.
In the meantime, avoiding GMO foods takes discipline, but it can be done. The first step is knowing which foods are likely to contain GMOs. I found this webpage, which provides a great summary of where GMOs are present. Also, NaturalNews recently posted an article listing the top 10 breakfast cereals most likely to contain Monsanto’s GMO corn. I think this is a great list to become familiar with, especially since many on the list are cereals marketed to children, and it’s our children who likely have the most to lose by consuming GMOs.
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.