In November 2013, GMO labeling bills were defeated in many states. While the majority of Americans support the labeling of genetically modified foods, many of our food manufactures and producers lobbied and funded its demise. We do not know of the long term health risks associated with eating such foods and though scientists states that there are no health risks with eating genetically modified foods, it’s a rather big pill to swallow with so many illness plaguing our population.
Supporters of the anti-labeling bill outweigh supporters for the labeling bill by 3 to 1 in spending power. Companies such as Kraft Foods, BASF, Monsanto, DuPont, Grocery Manufactures (contributors of Grocery Manufactures are: PepsiCo, Nestle, Coca-Cola, General Mills, ConAgra, Land O’Lakes, etc.), Bayer CropScience, and Dow Agrisciences all support the non-labeling of GM foods. These companies make billions in revenue from consumers yet, they are against letting us know what they are putting in your food. Monsanto spent millions to fight mandatory labeling requirements in fear consumer will not buy GM foods. If there is nothing to hide, then why defeat the labeling? If anything these companies should laud the labeling bill.
More than 88% of corn and soy planted in the USA are genetically engineered which goes to feed our animals or livestock or canola oil or ethanol or corn syrup. It’s almost impossible to escape GM food regardless of how hard you try. The next time you pick up a box of cereal or a can of soda or a bunch of broccoli, ask yourself how was it grown, what’s in it…? The irony is that most people will still buy genetically modified foods even if they are labeled because it’s cheaper, convenient and it’s in over 80% of our foods – there aren’t many cheaper alternatives available. Oreo anyone?