Activists in general are very threatened by the idea of being wrong, or being half-wrong. This is a serious problem because it means that they often don’t engage directly with things that exist and matter, because those things seem to threaten or conflict with the neat, clear-cut-ness of their theories. You see it with feminists and false rape accusations. You see it with animal rights activists and their downplaying of GMO issues and the health problems people can develop from eating meat substitutes. You see it all over the place, with things that don’t actually invalidate good ideologies, because activists are afraid that if they don’t make their message simple and catchy enough, they will be ignored. And because they aren’t attacking the root causes of problems: they’re trying to keep as much of an oppressive structure intact as possible and just convince people to make a small change. The world doesn’t need small changes. It needs large ones. And to address that, you have to face head on the things that might mean your current way of looking at it is wrong. Because those wrinkles are important.
It annoys me when people don’t support GMO labeling simply because they believe GMOs have no harm on you. Like it doesn’t fucking matter. Vitamin A has no harm on you and that’s on the label. Organic is on the label. Artificial is on the label. I have the right to know what I am consuming!! Like congrats you’re okay with eating altered food. Not everyone is?? Even if it ends up not harming us in the long run I still want to know. And if it has no harm why is everyone so afraid to label it?? Produce should even be label with exactly what pesticide it was sprayed with. I have a right to know exactly what I’m getting whether YOU think those things are detrimental or not.
Renowned activist and author Michael Pollan illustrates how McDonald’s insists on using Russet Burbank Potatoes, a potato in America that is unusually long and difficult to grow. They further insist that their potatoes have no blemishes at all, which is hard because these potatoes commonly suffer from what is referred to as Net Necrosis, which causes unwanted spots and lines on the potatoes. If they have this, McDonald’s won’t buy them and the only way to eliminate this is through the use of a pesticide called methamidophos (Monitor) “that is so toxic that the farmers who grow these potatoes in Idaho won’t venture outside and into their fields for five days after they spray.”
When McDonald’s is ready to harvest their potatoes, they have to put them in giant atmospheric controlled sheds the size of football stadiums because they are not edible for six weeks. “They have to off gas all the chemicals in them.”
I SO WISH the public conversation on GMOs was “how ethical is it to copyright a plant? is Monsanto exploiting farmers? the answer is yes, what do we do about it while keeping the benefits of genetic modification?”
but no, we live in a world full of black-and-white thinking capitalists who only care about whether this shit’s good for THEM, so we get the same shit we’ve been getting for decades about whether GMOs affect personal health instead of nuanced conversation about the actually-important shit
Why were GMOs very quietly but deliberately unleashed onto America’s grocery shelves in the mid 1990’s without OUR knowledge and consent?
I have yet to find a legitimate answer to this question, no matter how much I get trolled by Monsanto’s minions on social media.
It is no coincidence that big biotech, major food corporations, and government agencies like the FDA, USDA and EPA are no longer trusted by a majority of Americans. Would you rely on people that have intentionally poisoned you for decades? Why would anyone blindly put their trust in corporations and governments who have proven beyond all reasonable doubt that they are paid liars like the media that sells those lies to you every second of every day?
Where are the most basic questions about GMO health and environmental safety that any rational individual can ask? I can tell you that the answers are NOT found in any 90 day, short-term rat health study that big biotech like Monsanto passes off to the FDA for rubberstamp approval! Why were these GMOs so quickly approved by a government agency that is supposed to protect us?
What about our Congress? The DARK Act was passed by both the senate and house. Then, the backstabbing of consumers (that’s all of us) was given a final jab at the hearts of all Americans when our Traitor-in-Chief signed the DARK Act that our elected leaders passed, despite the fact that about 90% of Americans wanted and still want transparent GMO labeling. You will hear the same old, tired excuses from food companies that it costs too much to change a label, but they do it whenever they ship their GMO, poison-laden food products overseas. They have to; otherwise, their GMO junk will never make it further than a Boston tea party.
Why don’t the corporations that ship food and beverages to foreign countries every day at least label these genetically modified products that are made in the U.S.A.? Doesn’t it seem a bit suspicious to you that these same major corporations, like Coca Cola and Kraft, funneled millions of dollars to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, or GMA, to defeat GMO labeling laws in Colorado, Washington State, Oregon and California (twice)? In the meantime, biotech brat Monsanto stole Vermont’s GMO labeling law, and turned it into a weak federal labeling law (the DARK Act) that has the same eight, glaring loopholes in it that Vermont’s state GMO labeling bill had before our elected leaders and president deserted us, again, by signing this sinister act of American betrayal.
I am sure you are wondering at this point how much of what I stated is true. Where are the facts? They have been in front of you the entire time. I repeatedly point them out in my articles and social media posts. Other basic human rights activists have been doing the same for years. For big biotech, big Ag and big food, this is all just a money game. The losers in the end are the confused consumers who willingly keep shoving “glyphotoxic” (glyphosate and genotoxic) crap down their throats and also into the mouths of their children and grandchildren.
So, ask yourself all of the questions that I asked again, starting with the first one. Can you come up with any simple answers?
Or, maybe you already have that bitter taste of betrayal that consumes America’s barely beating heart.
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.
Today the World Health Organization called Zika virus a “public health emergency of international concern.”
Zika, like many other illnesses, is spread by mosquitoes. And a new genetic technology called the CRISPR gene drive, could potentially keep mosquitoes from transmitting a disease, or eradicate a population of mosquitoes altogether.
Fast-casual food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced it has removed all ingredients made with genetically modified organisms from its menu, making good on a two-year-old promise. It’s the latest example of the food industry stripping away ingredients, some more questionable than others, as consumers demand a say in what’s in their dinner.
There is no scientific evidence that GMOs pose a risk to health, as Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells readily acknowledges. “I don’t think this is about GMOs being harmful or not being harmful to your health,” Ells tells The Salt. “It’s a bigger picture. It’s really part of our food with integrity journey.”
Monsanto — the company that has often been at the center of controversies regarding genetically modified organisms, pesticides, and industrial chemicals — has agreed to be acquired by Bayer, a German agrochemicals firm known best for making drugs like Alka-Seltzer and Aspirin. This merger could have a huge effect on food prices.