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The GMO battle is only beginning

Raspberries The GMO battle is only beginningGMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. It is being done to our food now and without our knowledge because of lobbyists from the chemical industry surreptitiously putting big money up to get legislation passed in strategic farm states to not have to give GMO food a GMO label. The following came to me in an email from Ocean Robbins and The Food Revolution Network. . It is this week’s Weekly Healthline article.

The GMO battle is heating up, big time.

A majority of Americans say they would choose not to purchase a genetically modified product if given the choice, and yet more than 70% of the foods in US supermarkets and restaurants contain genetically modified ingredients.

FDA scientists warned that GM foods could create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. Yet despite their recommendations there have never been any long-term studies conducted on humans.

Meanwhile, Monsanto-patented GM seeds are now planted on more than 90% of the US corn, soy, canola and sugar beet cropland. The company is making billions.

Approximately 90% of the American public supports mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. And yet last week, when two states, Vermont and Connecticut, attempted to pass legislation to require extremely popular GMO labeling, it was legal threats from Monsanto that ultimately killed the legislation.

Knowing full-well that a GM label would have a profound impact on consumer choice and therefore on Monsanto’s profits, the company is threatening to hold states liable for any resultant loss in business.

Some of us, however, think that we should have a right to know what’s in our food. We want the opportunity to make informed choices about whether or not we consume GMOs.

A ballot initiative to require labeling in California, which is the world’s 8th largest economy, would effect packaging and ingredient decisions nationwide and even internationally.

The biotech industry is expected to spend $60 to $100 million trying to defeat the California initiative. They’ll say that it would raise prices, be bad for farmers, and subvert efforts to end world hunger. None of which is true.

But with 80% of Californians currently supporting the labeling initiative, Monsanto and its allies may have a tough time convincing a majority of the state’s voters that they should stay in the dark about what they’re eating.

California’s voters will go to the polls in November for what might be a watershed moment in the struggle. To stay informed, or to contribute time, talent, or treasure to the cause, visit labelgmos.org.

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LouAnn Savage is publisher and editor of The Weekly Healthline, an online health and lifestyle publication. Subscribe free at: http://www.HealthFitforLife.com. Follow her on twitter @louannsavage and join her at http://Facebook.com/louannsavage. She is an Asea distributor.

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