So, I recently sent a letter to my senator letting her know that I would like to see genetically modified foods labeled as such. I want truth in labeling because I feel that most people do not realize what they are eating.
My biggest problems with genetically modified food encompass two main areas: environmental hazards and human health risks.
- A laboratory studythat was published in Nature showed that pollen from B.t. corn caused high mortality rates in monarch butterfly caterpillars.
- Using genetically engineered crops means chemicals will be sprayed! And in abundance. This is not cool with me.
- Genetic altering crosses over into non-GMO species. (The craziest part about that, is then companies like Monsanto turn around and sue the farmers who’s crops the contaminated on grounds of patent infringement because these farmers were using their patented seeds!!!)
Human Health Risks
- The only explanation I have so far as to why my daughter was still born, is that her father was exposed to an herbicide that is sprayed on GE crops. The toxins in these herbicides are known to cause miscarriages and other serious health problems.
- Chemicals that are used are causing women to have difficulty breastfeeding.
- The recent surge is food allergies to foods such as soy is strongly believed to be caused from genetically altering the plant.
- We simply don’t know what other problems genetically modified food may be causing because they haven’t been adequately tested… WE ARE THE TEST SUBJECTS.
And yet most American’s just think that their food is safe. They think if they are eating a vegetable, they’re doing good. They really have no idea that it is a mutant vegetable that has chemicals often built into the plant at a genetic level. They barely realize that other chemicals are also sprayed onto and soaked up by the very food they think is healthy.
So I wrote to my senator asking her to support legislation to have GMO foods labeled as GMO foods. And this is what I got back:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the labeling of genetically modified food. I understand your concerns.
In the past, legislation called the Genetically Engineered Right to Know Act was introduced in the House of Representatives. If this or similar legislation is introduced in the Senate, I will be sure to keep your concerns in mind.
As the Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am mindful that we have almost seven billion mouths to feed around the globe and that we need American leadership, and innovation to feed the world. To foster that innovation, we need a regulatory system that is science-based and efficient. I will continue to monitor issues surrounding the regulation of genetically modified foods, and ensure that they are based on sound science.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed about issues of concern to you and your family.
United States Senator
What the crap was that?! I wrote to her asking that she simply support GMO labeling legislation. Shouldn’t she have let me know how she felt about the labels? I didn’t write to her to discuss genetically engineered foods. I wrote to her to discuss labeling them.
Fifty countries, including the entire European Union and China, currently label GE foods. The U.S. and Canada are two of the few major countries that still refrain from labeling and yet, I can barely even get my senator to make a firm comment on the matter.