A Label isn’t Libel
What are GMO’s? Some of you already know, and if that’s the case, I recommend skipping to the next part. If you still want some info, stick around! This next paragraph is for you!
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. In one corner, we have the GMO supporters. This faction believes that by genetically altering plants, the plants will become more drought-resistant, insect-resistant, heat resistant, etc. Perhaps GMO would be the cure for famine! Right? That’s where the Non-GMO supporters have an issue. If it should eradicate famine, then why hasn’t it? The bad news for GMO is that the seeds themselves have a poor germination rate (65% instead of the natural standard of 90%)! Also, the danger of creating “super weeds” that are resistant to herbicide is real and present. That is small potatoes (ahem) next to the other problems of GMO. The GMO plants have been connected to the alarming amount of bee deaths (and we all know that without bees, we can’t sustain life on this planet). Secondly, there are a lot of health issues being traced back to GMO produce such as an increase in allergies and an intolerance to basic foods. It’s been banned in over 60 countries; why are we still eating it in America? The same companies and laboratories that created the Franken-produce are the ones who are testing it for safety of consumption. That’s just not right.
That is why we say “No,” to GMO and a resounding, “Yes!” to GMO labels.
At Kickshaws, we believe in freedom to choose what you eat. It seem so basic, doesn’t it? However, there are a lot of companies that don’t give you a choice (except, “Would you like the shiny, impossible-to-get-into packaging, or would you like the non-biodegradable, extra-attractive, SUPER-shiny packaging?”). Wouldn’t you rather choose a product based on the nutrients rather than the marketing?
The reason some companies don’t want to add the GMO label on their packaging (according to the companies) is that the “GMO-thing” is a fad and they don’t want to have to rebrand in order to accommodate their consumers. Ultimately, they don’t think the consumer really cares and will buy their products regardless of it’s components.
The reality is this: GMO’s are not good for you. The companies know this, they know that you know this, and they don’t want you to see behind the curtain. They are going to keep touting the benefits of GMO while viciously fighting the label.
If GMO is suitable for consumption, why would they have a problem with their products being labeled as such?
Check out the Non-GMO Project to find what products are and are not certified GMO-free.
At the end of the day, the food industry is just that–a business. Remember that when you are headed to your local grocery store and try to make the choice to head to your local farms for some things. Connect with your local farmers! They can’t wait to tell you how they do what they do.
Until next time, reader, eat well and be well!