Curiously Crunchy

Asking crunchy questions for my family and yours.

GMOs: Just Label It!

on June 22, 2015

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The National Institute of Health did a study in 2009 saying that we just don’t know enough about GMOs to determine if they are harmful. According to JustLabelIt.org almost 90% of Americans simply want to know what’s in their food. This study shows that labeling GMOs will have little to no effect on food prices. So why is big business so determined to keep the knowledge of what we’re eating away from us? The answer is simple: greed.

It isn’t the genetically modified food in and of itself that is the problem for me. It is the reason why we created them in the first place that causes me concern: so we can spray them with mass amount of pesticides, and they will survive but the weeds will die. This spraying of chemicals should cause EVERYONE concern.

Monsanto, the country’s most notorious GMO proponent, owns RoundUp (active ingredient: glyphosate). GMOs were created to withstand large amounts of glyphosate, thus killing the weeds and leaving the crop to grow. While there is no data about GMOs themselves, there is data on glyphosate.

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While household RoundUp has 1% glyphosate, commercial grade RoundUp contains 41% glyphosate! [NIH, 2004] Then there’s this juicy nugget: “Roundup may be…considered as a potential endocrine disruptor. Moreover, at higher doses still below the classical agricultural dilutions, its toxicity on placental cells could induce some reproduction problems.” [NIH, 2005] So basically, at doses lower than what’s used on crops this chemical disrupts our endocrine system (the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things) and has the potential for reproductive issues. Not to mention the “farmers exposed to non‐arsenic pesticides were found to be at increased risk of lymphoma”. [NIH, 2006]

In this 2012 NIH study on rats being fed GMO corn sprayed with glyphosate, they found “In females, all treated groups died 2-3 times more than controls, and more rapidly… Females developed large mammary tumors almost always more often than and before controls, the pituitary was the second most disabled organ; the sex hormonal balance was modified by GMO and Roundup treatments. In treated males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5-5.5 times higher… Marked and severe kidney nephropathies were also generally 1.3-2.3 greater. Males presented 4 times more large palpable tumors than controls which occurred up to 600 days earlier.” So these rats suffered cancer, died earlier and faster, had sex hormone disruption, and liver and kidney issues, all from RoundUp and GMO corn. The World Health Organization calls glyphosate a “probable carcinogen”. Based on all that evidence, I would have to agree.

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Guys, they are spraying this on our food. We are eating it! (And let’s be real, it’s running off into our water and we’re drinking it, too…) And it gets better…

Glyphosate isn’t working anymore. We have created glyphosate resistant weeds. Because of this, we have upgraded to a chemical called 2,4-D. It is a component of Agent Orange. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want ANY component of such a chemical anywhere near my food.

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The time is now to stand up and STOP letting agribusiness think that this is ok. We need labels so consumers can vote with their dollars and let the industry know we don’t want these horribly detrimental chemicals sprayed anymore.

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One of my favorite resources for finding Non-GMO foods is the Non-GMO Project. They are a non-profit organization that verifies products throughout the US and Canada by testing the ingredients in the products being produced by these companies. They have pretty strict standards (all listed on their website at http://www.nongmoproject.org) and in addition to their little logo on the packaging of verified products, the website also provides a list of every product they have verified.

Do you watch for Non-GMO verified products when you go grocery shopping?

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