The elections are over, and while Proposition 37 - the initiative to require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) - was narrowly defeated, the fight to label GMOs goes on as 15 states across the country are attempting to pass laws demanding labeling.
The important victory for the health of the people of the planet accomplished by the Prop 37 initiative was INFORMATION. Millions of people in California alone who were not aware of the deadly dangers of GMOs learned about them and are now receptive to the idea of labeling. Millions more across the country also learned about this menace to their lives and the lives of their families.
And now, America's number one health care provider - Kaiser Permanente - has come out against foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In this month's Partners In Health Newsletter - the quarterly bulletin published by KP.ORG ( http://www.willamettelive.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/KP-scan0831.jpg ) - Kaiser featured an article titled "What You Need To Know About GMOs " ( http://www.willamettelive.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/KP-scan10833.jpg ).
In their article Kaiser Permanente states :
"GMOs have been added to our food supply since 1994, but most people don't know about it because the United States [unlike over 70 other countries around the globe-SOV] does not require labeling of GMOs.
Nearly 80 percent of processed food and most fast food contain GMOs.
Despite what the biotech industry might say, there is little research on the long term effects of GMOs on human health.
Independent research has found that several varieties of GMO corn cause organ damage [and multiple giant tumors-SOV] in rats.
Other studies have found that GMOs lead to an inability in animals to reproduce.
The article also discusses ways to limit exposure to GMOs, such as :
- Buying organic.
- Avoiding non-organic corn, soy products, canola and cottonseed oil.
- Looking for the "Non-GMO-Project Verified" seal.
- Asking your grocer which products are GMO free.
In addition, the article offers a free download "ShopNoGMO" guide and a couple of good links to non-GMO websites.
Meanwhile, the biotech and food industries continue to insist that GMO foods are harmless and safe, and to spend millions of dollars in political contributions to defeat GMO labeling in America.
We need to wake up and smell the prozak.
It's our health…it's our lives.