Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I want genetically modified organisms labeled, in my face on the front of the package.
I was most of the way through the best oranges I’d ever tasted when I noted they never molded, decayed, tasted less delicious or formed seed over three months. I kept one for months longer. The skin thinned but the interior was alluringly fresh.
None of these foods have to be publicized when they hit the market or has to be held to American regulations of independent testing. Those against Initiative 522 are using the tactics of the tobacco industry, scaring us about the high cost of policing no smoking areas and boldly touting the safety of their product.
I want to stop thinking other countries are just backward and superstitious about GMO dangers. I want to see more testing and hope labeling will bring GMOs out of secrecy since 1992.
I want testing that doesn’t involve shortening the testing to 90 days, calling it safe for humans if cancer results at 120 days.
I want to know if findings in other countries of severe gastrointestinal inflammation mean something about why I’ve come to be precancerous for esophageal, stomach and intestinal cancer.
I want farmers to stop telling people GMOs, genetically modified Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) and Roundup have tested safe for soil, animals, crops and consumption because Monsanto told them so. Monsanto has been sued for false advertising regarding Roundup not staying resident in the soil. Other countries find GM Bt in soil organisms, gut flora and tissue.
If GMO seed is identical to real grain, how do they trespass on farmers’ land and find DNA “drift” onto clean crops?
I want laws in some states against criticizing GMOs to be lifted. Items starting with GMO ingredients can’t finish without a trace of GM DNA.
GM DNA can be traced through every creature eating it or those creatures. Labeling will show farmers we want food that heals and nourishes, not something pretending to be food.
Real food cost is less than toxic replacement when medical bills and over- the-counter pain/allergy medications are included. I want us to get labeling on the packages and GMOs out of the darkness so we can see them. I want American testing.
What about mixing Roundup with blood pressure medications or GMOs with diabetes? I want labels for help to find more food I can eat. Refine the labels later, if desired, but please, give them to us now.
Linda Sue Buehler