I’ve written about GMOs (genetically modified organisms) before, but usually in an information-sharing format that doesn’t push you to take one side or another. Well, that’s about to change.
I am against genetically modified foods for many reasons, all of which relate to GM crops being bad for humans, farmers, animals, and the earth. To keep this post brief, I’ll share with you the 3 biggest reasons GMOs make me mad.
Big Reasons to be Anti-GMO
1. GMO crops are usually treated with MORE pesticides and herbicides than conventional crops. These toxic substances then end up on your plate and in your children’s growing bodies.
2. Some GMO crops are bred to have toxic substances INSIDE their DNA. Bt Corn and Agent Orange Soy are just two examples of crops that release their own toxic substances
3. Big chemical companies, like Monsanto and Dow Chemical, have already put forth $25 million to combat Prop 37, which calls for the labeling of genetically modified foods. They claim GM foods are harmless (they’re not) and that having to label them will cost them huge sums of money (it won’t). So, why then are they spending millions of dollars to make sure you don’t know what’s in your food? Simple. Because if you know what’s in your food, you might start buying organic or non-GMO foods, which means these companies will make less profit or be forced to change.
If you haven’t had strong feelings on GMOs in the past, I hope you do now. And if you live in California, make sure you vote YES on Prop 37 in November, so that consumers here have a right to know what’s in their food.
For more info on GMOs, check out California Right to Know or the Institute for Responsible Technology.