I don't necessarily think GMOs are bad, but I sure do believe we are entitled to know what is in the food that we eat. If a food product contains GMOs, there should be a sticker, label or ID on the package that is plainly visible, letting shoppers know before they purchase the product!
This week, 23andMe, the Google-backed DTC genetic test company, stunned many observers by agreeing to stop sales of its $99 genetic test kit online, saying it will now release only ancestry information and raw data without interpretation.
Human intervention in growing food crops is really part of our history. For hundreds, perhaps even thousands of years, we have modified and improved crop varieties to meet our ever-evolving tastes and needs.
Over the past year in Hawaii, County Council bills were drafted in response to community concerns about the planting of GM crops. In response, the agrochemical industry brought a number of 'hired guns' from out-of-state to paint a rosier picture of the GMO industry.
A new paradigm of sustainable agroecosystems is required, to meet community food security needs, and to satisfy the growing consumer demand for locally-grown, wholesome, toxic-free, and nutritious fruits and vegetables.
There are large social and ethical considerations that mitochondrial replacement forces us to confront. Most importantly, this technology raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?
The out-of-control biotechnology industry is on the defensive, and it's up to us to keep the momentum going. The next major battlefield in the campaign against genetically engineered foods is the fight to label them, so the public is able to avoid these products at the market.
You may have seen the study, with 'smoking gun' headlines, showing a correlation between severe stomach inflammation and GM feed in pigs. Take a closer look and you will see it is indeed a stinging indictment, but not of GM feed.
Proponents of recent legislation to label GMOs are facing a bruising food fight, given that the biotech and food industries have spent massive amounts of money to combat earlier GMO-labeling proposals.
The march to stop Monsanto is one of the most pressing issues of our time. The problem is not just their corrosive lobbying practices, but the fact that the products they produce, GMO foods and chemical weed killers, are in more than 70% of the processed foods we eat and feed our families.
The biotechnology industry's drive for GMOs has been incredibly undemocratic and the process is quite likely unhealthy. Labeling is a minimum -- so people can at least know what food is genetically modified and choose what's still GMO-free.
These miraculous discoveries present us with countless dilemmas and are far outpacing our abilities to grasp and address their ethical, legal and social implications. We need more public and professional education and attention to how it is affecting our lives and how it should affect our lives.
Last time I checked, Earth is the only place we have to live, and what kind of future am I providing for my daughter if I am not cognizant of how my life, and the decisions of my government, effect our environment?
How do we overcome the money and influence of the chemical companies controlling our federal government's approach to GE foods and labeling? We need millions of Americans to tell our federal government officials that we want transparency, honesty and labeling in our food system.