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GMOs aren’t scary — pesticides are

  • Americans who care about food and health have wrung their hands worrying about genetically modified organisms in recent years.
  • GMO labeling dominated conversations in 2016, when Obama signed a GMO label law that will allow companies to use a QR code to disclose products with GMOs.
  • But worrying about GMOs, which most scientists deem to be safe for consumption, shouldn’t be keeping you up at night in 2017.
  • The scarier threat to public health? Pesticides.
  • Farmers use chemicals to kill organisms that feast on their crops, but these chemicals stay in soil and groundwater for decades — potentially endangering us and generations to come. Read more

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This generation

I am part of the future of this world. I am going to be left to pick up the pieces and fix things but as of now, I’m stuck watching this world fall to ruins. And I’m not just saying CHANGE EVERYTHING YOU LAZY PEOPLE JUST DO IT NO QUESTIONS. I’m 15, I don’t know everything but I think I have some pretty good ideas. In this long post I include Energy crisis, GMOs, world hunger, poverty and homelessness, and public education.


Instead of going to Mars or making life sustainable on Mars, why don’t we save Earth??? Yeah there’s a POSSIBILITY we might be able to live on Mars but not for a long time we live on EARTH now and we can for a long time.
Instead of putting all of your resources in hunting down fossil fuels that will run out very soon-and destroying the water source we need to live while you’re at it-try investing in technology to use the Suns or the wind or the waters energy. You build the technology to make it useful and you still make money so don’t tell me it’s bad for business. You’d be surprised at how many people would rather use natural resources than deal with global warming or oil spills.


When you go to the grocery store and get apples, do you want the really red, not bruised ones or the small, duller ones they’ve hidden the marks with stickers? You probably want the shined red one. Same with bananas you choose based on color and size. Most of the food you pick you base it on its appearance. Guess what! Those prettier ones are more than likely genetically modified. Gaps! Yeah and they have no harmful reactions of anything they cause better reactions when you eat them. So why are we so against modifying rice so that it produces enough food to save thousands more people?


I’m all for helping the hungry in Africa or ending child labor in China BUT I live in America and In January 2013, 610,042 people were homeless on a given night. 65 percent were living in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs and 35 percent were living in unsheltered locations. 23 percent or 138,149 of all homeless people were children, under the age of 18. If we can help those 610,042 people think of how many more people they can help us save in other places. We start at home and get all these people to help support the cause and soon enough we can save everyone. Think of how much more could get done if we also have this other half a million people.

And public school systems. My generation is the future of this world and we are going to be one of the least successful because we didn’t get the same foundation when we were young. All these teacher cuts and changes in the core. In 2005, the year I was in kindergarten, there was an average of about 11 kids in any given classroom. That number is now 38. Think of how much one-on-one time is lost how little the teachers can connect and fit their skills to best suit their students now. The teachers aren’t given nearly as much money to spend on supplies, they aren’t given nearly as much salary, the people who will be ruling this nation, this WORLD in just a few years won’t know what to do because we weren’t given what we need. All the money is going away but the taxes haven’t changed. Where’s that money going? Let’s put some of it back where it was for a few years. See if you notice a change.p>


I want to have a chance of fixing these problems. But all too soon these problems will be beyond repair. I’ll be fine with picking up the pieces but you have to leave me some pieces to pick up.

But don’t listen to me. I’m just another kid who doesn’t know what she’s talking about.
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There are finally answers to your questions about genetically modified organism foods

President Barack Obama signed a bill Friday requiring labeling of genetically modified organism foods. The bill requires companies to be transparent about GMOs through one of two ways. They can present the information on the product label, or share GMO disclosures behind QR codes — but this is not quite what Americans want.

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In order to hide the fact that the seeds that they genetically modify & pesticides have been shown to cause cancer, and liver and kidney damage, Monsanto has spent $7,100,500 to date on fighting California’s proposition 37, which would require the companies who use the food or food byproducts grown using their seed and pesticides to label their products and inform customers what they are eating and drinking.

This is the first of such initiatives in the United States, and this is the amount they have spent in just one state, so if you want to know how much money they are willing and prepared to spend to keep companies who sell products that use GMO foods and food byproducts, such as high fructose corn syrup(80% of all corn products in the United States are GMO), multiply this by at least 50, but it will probably be more than that, as they will start fighting more aggressively, the more states that start adding initiatives like this to their ballots.

Ask yourself, if they stand behind their products, and feel that they are so safe, then why would they spend so much money to keep companies from having to label their food and drink products to state that GMO’s are being used in their production?!?

Fuck you, Luddite.

The second and third panels may have a point; I’m no supporter of the influence Monsanto et al wield over Congress (or Washington as a whole) through their lobbying, but Fitzsimmons starts off on the wrong foot with the classic ‘Frankenfood’ fearmongering bullshit and that ruins it for me.

What's a GMO?

The organic food industry throws around a lot of terms that are difficult to understand, especially for someone new to the lifestyle.

Browsing through articles and doing research on organic food, I have come across the term “GMO” countless times. 

A GMO is a genetically modified organism. Essentially this means that you take the gene of one organism and insert it into another. 

Many are concerned with GMOs because of their unpredictability when it comes to peoples reactions with allergens. Groups argue that the public should know when their food contains GMO’s and fight that they should be labeled so. 

I do not care to be eating anything that has been modified. When I chow down on a strawberry, I want it to be entirely strawberry and not enhanced with chemicals and extra genes.

The food we consume should come from the ground and not a lab.

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Unnatural Selection

This explosive exposé reveals what the biotech industry doesn’t want you to know - how industry manipulation and political collusion, not sound science, allow dangerous genetically engineered food into your daily diet.

GMO OMG (2014)

Watching GMO OMG (2014) for my Political Ecology class is not something that I would expect to move me to tears. That being said, I would highly recommend watching it. If you have the 1.5 hours to spend, it is an incredibly worthwhile investment of your time. I’m feeling particularly passionate, so read on if you have any interest, and please respond!

“For Haiti, accepting Monsanto’s gift would mean losing their own seeds, their food sovereignty, an essential part of their culture and way of being. And they were fighting for something that we had lost without even knowing we were giving it up. They believed that the seed of life had a common inheritance of all humanity, as numerous and diverse as the stars above, owned by none, and shared by all.”

80% of all processed food includes Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). If the meat you are eating is not organic, it is most likely fed genetically modified feed. GMOs have infiltrated our industrialized mode of agriculture, the stores we frequent (Starbucks, Target), the mouths of our loved ones. What does this mean for our population? Do we have a choice in “opting out”? What right does a seed manufacturer in a capitalist economy (looking at you, Monsanto) have to tell us what is right for our bodies and environment, when they have no concern past their profitability?

It is times like these that make me even more thankful for the opportunity to live on a farm, where we have the ability to produce our own food. My mother expressed these concerns to me before I had even enrolled at JMU, and before I had realized the implications of these processes, which inspired herself and my father to care for my family in the best way they knew: producing our own subsistence. When I am home, I know where my food comes from, what my meat has been fed, and that there are no chemicals or DNA alterations present in my produce.

But should we all have to grow our own food in order to be “safe”? What about when I am at JMU, and I am forced to utilize a meal plan? This is not right. At the very least, GMO labeling should be intrinsic to our basic rights as human beings, as it threatens our health and our environment, and therefore our right to a full, productive life. It is difficult enough to care for our families and those that we love, without having to worry that our food supply is eternally tainted in ways that are quite possibly detrimental to our society…

And corporate lobbying by the biotech industry has made it damn near impossible for the population to avoid them if they so choose to opt-out of this very potentially harmful experiment… we are literally eating plants that produce their own pesticides. There are insect populations that have built their life cycles around consuming the GMO pesticide gene in “Roundup Ready” plants. This is already creating a bunch of interesting (terrifying) side-effects.

And Monsanto was able to prove their product “generally safe” by performing an internal experiment over a three-month period on rats, which is clearly not sufficient evidence. When a similar study was done over the lifespan of these rats, by a French researcher called Seralini, the health affects were outrageous. These signs were shown around the 4th and 5th months, which could not be achieved by Monsanto’s 3 month studies. Of course, this was immediately countered after it was released in a top French research journal - because the biotech industry wants everyone to believe this is not “sufficient evidence”. If so, why doesn’t Monsanto reproduce these experiments? Why do we not consider these findings, even if they are not “perfect”? Corporate lobbying…

There have been revolutions all around the globe that burn and reject GMO seeds, yet in the United States the population seems almost platonic. We seem to recognize that they are not good for us (even if we do not know what they are), and we would reject them if they were labeled (as they generally are in the EU), but in reality the biotech industry in the USA is really running us on this one. They are becoming “too big to fail”, as they are tied into our infrastructure on a disturbingly complex level.

I guess my question is, what are we sacrificing in the name of “progress”? The fact of the matter is, the biotech industry would love for us all to believe that there is not enough food produced to feed us. That is simply untrue. There are vast surpluses produced the world over, there are far more issues in waste management and distribution than there are in the constant “need” to increase yields of these crops. That we, in turn, feed to our livestock - mutating and crippling them and degrading the quality of their meat - nevermind the potential effects of “GMOs amplified” -makes me think of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring & DDT! 

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Why California’s Proposition 37 Should Matter to Anyone Who Cares About Food

Monsanto and DuPont, the two leading merchants of genetically modified seed, have invested more than $12 million to defeat Prop 37. They’ve been joined in this effort by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, whose president declared at a meeting last July that defeating Prop 37 would be the group’s top priority for 2012. Answering the call, many of America’s biggest food and beverage makers — including PepsiCo, Nestlé, Coca-Cola and General Mills — have together ponied up tens of millions of dollars to, in effect, fight transparency about their products.

By Michael Pollan via NYTimes.com

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