Sunday, January 12, 2014

It was only a matter of time ...

before I posted about genetically modified food! For those of you who are friends of mine on Facebook, this post will come as no surprise to you. What is the deal with Monsanto and genetically engineered products anyway?!

I know people differ in their opinion of GE (genetically engineered) food. Some think they will save the world and others think it will destroy everything we know to be real food. I am not here to debate anyone's opinion because I respect your opinion to be yours.

Just label it and we'll be happier

My biggest issue with it is why the secrecy and deception around labeling their products. Let the consumer make their own choice but let the consumer have a choice. Why spend millions trying to defeat labeling laws instead of standing strong behind their products and labeling them with pride? 

Is there maybe nothing to be proud off? Why is it that Europe has successfully imposed labeling laws. Why is it that Kellogg's corn flakes is GMO free in Europe but not in the United States? Do Americans not care? Do we not deserve better food? 

The amount of chemicals used in growing genetically engineered foods is of the biggest issues I have with the whole process. In addition to the fact that it is not food, in my opinion, if it started it's life in a laboratory.

Currently, the only way to guarantee that you are not getting GE products in your food is to buy organic. Even if you buy all natural products, that is not a guarantee. If you buy all natural chicken then chances are that chicken has eaten genetically modified corn or some other GE product. Let it be my choice if I am OK with that for myself and my family. 
Seven Generation Sustainability as printed on Wikipedia

Seven generation sustainability is an ecological concept that urges the current generation of humans to live sustainably and work for the benefit of the seventh generation into the future. It originated with the Iroquois - Great Law of the Iroquois - which holds appropriate to think seven generations ahead (about 140 years into the future) and decide whether the decisions they make today would benefit their children seven generations into the future.

"In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation... even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine." This is an often repeated saying, and most who use it claim that it comes from “The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations: The Great Binding Law.”

Are we practicing Seven Generation Sustainability?

We all have an obligation towards the generations to come. Are we all doing our part? Are we recycling, consuming less, keeping our waters clean, minimizing our impact on the environment and so on? After all, the likelihood that we will be living in the future generations back on Earth are extremely high! 

A very information documentary on Monsanto and GE foods can be found on YouTube called "The World According to Monsanto GMO documentary." It was definitely eye opening for me. 

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