(NaturalHealth365) Consumer reaction to a familiar warning of skull and crossbones found on a label is fairly universal: avoid the product, which is likely to be poisonous.
Leading organic farmer Will Allen is betting that legislation requiring genetically engineered foods to be labeled as GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, will have a similar impact on consumer reaction.
Major food producers have fears about their ‘bottom line’
In a recent interview with an investigative reporter for the Vermont edition of Watchdog.org, Allen said a GMO labeling law that could go into effect as early as 2016 will have consumers avoiding GMO products in favor of more natural alternatives. Naturally, this new law will force companies, that produce GE foods, to establish new ways to improve food crops that don’t involve GMOs, such as accelerated selective plant breeding.
Vermont represents a battleground for food safety and consumer rights
Known as both professor and activist, as well as organic farmer, Allen is well-known in sustainable circles as the founder of the California Certified Organic Farmers Organization and the Sustainable Cotton Project. He has also served as policy adviser to the Organic Consumer Association.
Currently, he is tracking with the state of Vermont’s multimillion-dollar GMO lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association and could very well become a litigant in the case.
Allen says he will continue to educate consumers, including children visiting his farm, on the harmful impacts of GMOs, but he says if reaction to GMO labeling in other countries around the world is any indication, labeling laws may be the most efficient way for people to make informed decisions about what goes on the dinner table.
Doctors and nurses warn the public about GMOs
In addition to the organic food community, organizations like the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), the American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association have advised against various genetically altered foods since GMOs were first introduced in 1996.
Their concern is two-fold, One, they can point to an increase in numerous health disorders since GMOs were introduced in 1996. Two, there are animal studies that raise numerous red flags about the safety of genetically modified foods.
GMOs connected to increase in chronic illness
GMOs first entered the grocery shelves nearly 20 years ago, and while pro-GMO activists say there’s ‘not enough evidence’ to say conclusively that an increase in GMOs have contributed to a deterioration of human health, the number of Americans suffering from three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7 to 13 percent across just 9 years. That’s nearly double the sickness rate!
Among the health issues on the rise are autism, digestive problems, food allergies and infertility issues. Medical groups such as AAEM are cautioning parents to avoid GMOs, particularly when feeding young children, who are especially vulnerable to the effects.
Among issues seen in studies where animals were exposed to GMOs, are:
- Organ damage
- Immune system disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders (i.e. gluten disorders)
- Premature aging
One of the concerns stemming from results of studies with humans is that GMO food products may leave material behind in the human body, which could lead to long-term problems and chronic illness.
Genetically engineered foods are poisoning our children (and the unborn)
Genes inserted into a GMO crop have the potential of transferring into the DNA of bacteria inside living human beings. In fact, a Canadian study published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology found highly toxic insecticide used in the genetic engineering of GM corn was detectable in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn children.
According to the Centre for Research on Globalization, which makes note of several studies worldwide that bring into question the safety of GMOs, the research used as evidence of GMO safety may very well be lacking in testing methodology.
Bottom line, when pro-GMO activists safe that GE foods are ‘safe’ – they’re lying to you. The ‘GMO food deception’ is over. We, as consumers, have a right to know what’s in our food. Our safety concerns about GMOs are justified and these foods should be labeled – now.