October 12th, 2011 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on 10 Reasons to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods
Kimi Harris with Mother Nature Network does a nice job outlining 10 reasons to avoid genetically modified foods. These are well worth reading and can provide you with some nice talking points as you chat with your customers about GMO’s. It’s a pretty hot topic these days, and there is a good bit of misinformation floating around on the subject, so it’s important that we, in the organic and natural foods industry only contribute factual information and intelligent observations to the conversation. These 10 points will get you off to a great start. Keep the conversation going.
1. Superweeds are weeds that can’t be killed by common herbicides. In our attempts to eliminate the common weed, we have produced new, harder-to-kill weeds. Superweeds are directly related to the high amount of herbicides used with GM crops.
2. Because of superweeds, Monsanto is formulating new herbicides (poisons). Once herbicides create superweeds, new poisons are “needed” to fight them, and then the cycle continues.
3. A new paper studying GMOs in animal studies found that they had adverse effects on organs, especially the liver and kidneys.
4. A Russian study found that GMOs cause sterility in animals after three generations.
5. They also caused infant mortality in animal studies.
6. GM crops cross-contaminate, and even organic crops can become infected by cross-pollination. Once we allow GM crops to be grown, they cannot be contained and will spread. If there are risks to GMOs, then those risks will be difficult to contain.
7. GM crops have an adverse effect on our environment. The high amount of pesticides and herbicides used on GM crop can have a devastating effect on nearby ecology systems.
8. Because GM seeds are patented, Monsanto does not allow farmers to save seeds but forces them to continue to buy new seeds from them year after year. By supporting GM crops (and buying products that use them), you are helping support a company that is more concerned about profit than using technology to help the worldwide community.
9. Along those same lines, GM crops can have devastating effects in developing countries. Unlike what you’ve heard, GM crops are not the answer to starvation and world hunger. The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) reported that GM crops do not offer better nutrition or reduce poverty and starvation.
10. GM foods were first put on the market in the early 1990s. That means that many among us are the first generation raised on GMO foods which have hardly proven to be safe yet. We have the right to protect ourselves and our families from being the “test subjects” for GMOs.