The Right2Know March to demand the labelling of genetically modified foods started on Saturday 1 October 2011 in New York City. The march will end on 16 October – World Food Day – in  front of the White House in Washington.

The aim is to achieve a legal basis for labelling genetically modified food so that consumers all over the world have freedom of choice. “We have a Right 2 Know – Label GMO” is the motto of the march: all people have a right to know what they are eating.

This march is about giving consumers choices.  There are many that believe GM is the only way to feed our growing population and have no difficulty eating GM food.   That is their choice but for those of us that would rather not, we have the right to know if GM ingredients have been used in our food – and that is why global labelling of GM ingredients needs to be made mandatory.

A good argument in favour of a GMO-free world is the risk these foods pose to our health.  The Organic Federation of Australia prepared an excellent presentation outlining in very simple terms what GM is,  how they work and five possible causes for health problems related to GM foods.

For example, the first GM crop  looked at by the FDA was the FlavrSavr tomato, engineered to have a longer shelf-life. Calgene, its producers, were the only company to give the FDA raw feeding study data. They did a study with rats but … the rats refused to eat the tomato!  So they force fed rats the FlavrSavr tomato for 28 days.  7 of 20 rats developed stomach lesions. Another 7 of 40 died within 2 weeks. In the documents made public, scientists said that the study doesn’t show “a reasonable certainty of no harm.” The FDA did not block the introduction of the tomato.

The presentation is fascinating and factual – I encourage you to take a look.

 

World Food Day is celebrated on  16 October and endorsed by the UN General Assembly in consideration of the fact that food is a requisite for human survival and well-being and a fundamental human necessity (resolution 35/70 of 5 December)  I could not think of a better day to discuss the need for GM Food Labelling

Buying Real certified organic food and skincare products is your guarantee of GMO free.  Please support your local organic producers to ensure you continue to have  a GMO Free choice.

 

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