Monsanto Alert! – Call Your Congressperson!

On my FB page today, there is a warning that Monsanto is trying to attach a rider to the Agriculture Appropriation Bill that will be pushed through on the lame duck session, that will allow Monsanto to be untouchable by federal law.  Once attached and passed, there is nothing any court can do to go after Monsanto.  Monsanto is hoping that the public will be distracted by the holidays so it can push through this legislation.  I am including the link where you can sign a petition to send to your congressman to not support this.

Most countries—even the poor ones are not allowing GMOs.  Peru has joined the ranks now.  Why are we—one of the supposed enlightened countries in this world—still allowing food manufacturers to use GMOs in food products.  Here are seven reasons not to eat foods with GMOs in them:

  1. GMOs have never undergone standard testing or regulation for human safety.
  2. But we know that GMOs have proven harmful in animal studies.*
  3. And the most widely used GMOs are paired with an herbicide linked to serious health risks. GM crops — Roundup Ready soy and corn(Monsanto)– are treated with the herbicide glyphosate, which in exposed humans has been associated with DNA damage. In the lab, it’s proven toxic to human liver cells.
  4. The consequences of GMO technology are inherently unpredictable.
  5. GMO makers intimidate and silence farmers and scientists. GMO corporations use patents and intellectual property rights to sue farmers, block research, and threaten investigators. (Monsanto)
  6. GMOs undermine our food security. Within the biotechnology market, Monsanto alone controls 90 percent of GE crops worldwide. And Monsanto is one of three GMO companies including DuPont and Syngenta that control 70 percent of the global seed market, reinforcing monopoly power over our food. GMO seeds are costly and must be purchased every year, so they worsen farmers’ indebtedness, dependency, and vulnerability to hunger.
  7. GMOs aren’t needed in the first place, so why would we take on these risks and harms? Studies show that safe, sustainable farming practices applied worldwide could increase our food supply as much as 50 percent.

*GET UPDATES FROM Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé, foodmyths.org, http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/, http://www.facebook.com/Foodinc?ref=stream

To sign a email to your congressman, please go to this link: http://www.organicconsumers.org/bytes/ob357.htm

Please also boycott the companies that joined the fight against labeling GMOs in California.  A lot of them are “organic” companies.  The above website can give you a list of who to avoid.

Thank you to you who do read this and have allowed me to step up on my soapbox.

Marilyn

About Marilyn

I am a "retired senior" (I've been a school librarian and library tech for a government research facility) who is now pursuing a dream of a home business sewing bags of all sorts, crafting and being the creative person I have always wanted to be. I grew up in the center of Illinois and dreamed of actually living back in the state of Colorado where I was born and lived till the age of 7. That dream came true when I met my husband of 43 years while working together in Estes Park. I am interested in alternative medicine, continuing the good health I've always had, while returning to the pre-processed food era of: eating well, losing weight, and using products that do not harm the environment, me, my family and friends. I am for labeling GMO’s, using sustainable products, organics and finding solutions to everyday problems, like colds and sore muscles, using natural remedies. I have a positive attitude that has helped through a very hard year and will bring forth a life that will be full and happy. My family is wonderful and I am a happy lady, wife, mother, and grandma.

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