Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We Have a Right to Know! #CARighttoKnow


Just a forewarning: This post is not meant to cause a stir, make people angry and or upset. I'm backing something that I firmly believe in and these are my personal opinions and information from the research that I have done. 

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The title of this post is so simple and straightforward, or so one would think. When dealing with GM (Genetically Modified) and GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), it get's complicated very fast!

Don't we, as consumers and United States citizens have a right to know what we are buying with our hard earned money, putting into our bodies and putting into the bodies of our families? According to the FDA, it's really not that important that we know anything in regards to our foods and what can potentially be harming us with each bite we take.

You wouldn't believe how many people I've come across who have no idea what GMOs are, so before I go any further, I wanted to give a short definition of what being GMO constitutes:

Genetically modified foods are, in this particular case, foods that are derived from genetically modified organisms; this means a particular organism had to have their DNA structure altered in a laboratory setting in order to create a hybrid. Some of these hybrids produce bigger, more ripe looking foods that are more appealing to the eye. Some make it possible to withstand disease and heavy duty pesticides and herbicides. Others try to play God in regards to what, when and how a plant is grown; more yield, maturation date, size, etc.

The two most common altered foods in the United States are soybeans and corn. Data from the USDA back in 2010 showed that 93% of soybeans grown in the US were genetically modified soybeans, as well as 86% of that year's corn crop.

I don't know about you, but MY definition of food doesn't involve being genetically altered in a laboratory setting. Natural foods have been around for millions of years and were made that way for a reason! Rich in natural vitamins, minerals and other health benefits, foods that have not been altered just make sense.

That being said, we have a right to know if our foods are genetically modified or not and we have the right to CHOOSE whether we eat those foods or not. Unfortunately as of right now, we don't have that right but we are fighting tooth and nail for it with California leading the way!

This long-winded post is my way of introducing CArighttoknow.org and their strives in the battle to label our food. I've joined up with them to spread the word about GMO and get people involved; just call me Kayla, an Evangelist for the cause ^.^

I know I'm not located in California (far from it actually) so why do I care? The domino effect my friends; once California passes The Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, then other states will follow in their footsteps and before you know it, we'll ALL gain our sense of independence and knowledge back!

Care to help the cause? Become a Right to Know Evangelist by signing up HERE! If you want to know a little more about GMOs, the California initiative, or what being an Evangelist entails, just head over to CArighttoknow.org!











Resources:

Healthy Eating Politics. "Genetically Modified Crops" 7-16-12. (http://www.healthy-eating-politics.com/genetically-modified-crops.html)




7 comments:

Dee said...

great post...I knew I stayed away from soy for a reason...thanks for sharing! HOpe all is well with you.

Lo Christine said...

Great post. It always amazes me how people spend extra money, extra time, extra effort to go out of their way to find the right items to put ON their bodies but won't make that same effort about what goes IN their bodies.

BethElderton said...

Great post! I completely agree! I want to know what is in my food.

Jennifer S. said...

I totally agree!!! We definitely have a right to know! Well said. :)

Crocheted Little Things said...

Thank you so much for your always super informative posts Kayla!
I want to point out that this problem is so far only isolated to the USA as in Europe, GM and GMOs are banned as well as dyes and preservatives that are known to be the cause of disorders as ADD and ADHD. Wake up America please!!!

jen said...

You just earned at least 20 cool-points in my book. :)

Nepenthe said...

Surely the only difference between a GMO and the original is that the GMO has been improved in some way.

You claim that 'natural' foods are superior - yet they are (or should be) exactly the same, just with an improvment, like a natural resistance to frost.

I say natural, because the way GMOs are improved is one vetted by nature herself, as the genes that they use for gene therapy already exist in other organisms.

Wouldn't a much more pressing concern be the widespread use of food additives?

I don't see how people can complain about a single gene being added here and there to crops, when they willingly ingest artificial colours, flavours and countless other toxins on a daily basis.