The grocery store has become a political battleground. It’s not the kind of political battle where Republicans and Democrats duke it out. It’s a battle ground where scientists in white lab coats and giant food companies steal the rights from moms, dads, grandparents, doctors & nurses, chefs & school cafeterias, and the rest of the community. It’s a battleground of food and whether or not you have the right to know if a certain technology is used in the preparation of your food.
That technology is genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
What is a GMO?
Genetically modified organisms or GMOs, are plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered. They have been genetically engineered with the DNA of another bacteria, virus, plant or animal and thus changing the fundamental makeup of that species. It’s only possible in a laboratory with scientists in lab coats with gene guns. It’s not possible in your backyard and it wasn’t possible thousands of years ago. GMOs are a very new technology that haven’t had any independent long term testing to determine their safety. In fact, it’s barely been in the food supply for 20 years, but it’s in about 80% or more of the items in your grocery store. So regardless if you’re interested in the science or not, it affects your family at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Why Biotechnology Companies & Food Companies Want to Keep You in the Dark
Over the past two years, biotechnology and big food companies, such as Monsanto, have spent millions and millions and millions of dollars to keep you in the dark about GMOs in their foods. That’s because it’s estimated that over 80% of grocery store items are contaminated with GMO ingredients. They are afraid of what YOU would do if you found out. Would you make better decisions? Possibly. They just don’t want to find out and thus they want to keep you from knowing.
Never in our history has our food been so fundamentally changed without our consent or acknowledgement. And state by state, parents are fighting for their right to know whether their food is genetically modified or not. And because as parents we have a family to feed, this isn’t a laughing matter. Men in white lab coats have taken basic parental rights away from us—the ability to control what our families eat.
Why Russians & Chinese Have More Rights Than Americans
There are 65 countries around the world that either ban OR label GMOs for potential health reasons, but the United States is NOT one of them. In fact, countries like Russia & China give their citizens the right to know, but ironically in the free world, we do not. It seems pretty hypocritical when you think of how important freedom is to us. Freedom is important UNLESS you are talking about food and then that’s different. We don’t really have the right to know. But do we?
People don’t like to be kept in the dark. And my grandma used to say “when people try to hide something from you, it’s usually not about your best interests, it’s about theirs.” And because The Right to Know Movement has sprung up and demanded state by state for the right to know, big food and biotech can’t rely on you being ignorant about your food anymore. In a sense, the Right to Know campaign has been pulling the veil back and exposing this technology for what it is—young, independently untested, banned in other countries for health concerns, and potentially dangerous. More and more people are noticing as it becomes a mainstream issue.
Labeling GMOs is Not a Partisan Issue
About 93% of the country, both Republicans and Democrats, believes GMOs should be labeled. In fact, 89% of Republicans, 90% of Independents and 93% of Democrats are in favor of GMO labeling.
Almost every state in the nation today has a Right to Know chapter pushing their local state governments to pass labeling legislation. And today, we have our first REAL break though–Vermont is anticipated to become the very first state to pass labeling laws next week as their governor signs the bill. Maine and Connecticut have already passed labeling laws but they contain clauses mandating surrounding states to do the same thing before their law is actionable. Colorado and Oregon have state initiatives that will be voted upon in November. Things are happening. And quickly.
Actions you can Take
Right now, we are at a very unprecedented time. There are two states that need our help: Colorado & Oregon. Both states are revving up for initiatives for citizens to vote on in November. Every state that passes GMO labeling gets us closer to having nationwide labeling. Please consider volunteering or donating.
If you don’t live in either state, you can get involved just about anywhere in the United States by looking up your Right to Know chapter in this map here.
Change is coming. Will you be part of it?