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Why take action against GMOs

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food products, also known as genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered (GE) foods, are everywhere!

·         The dangers of eating genetically modified foods, such as corn or soy, have been published in scientific studies around the world.

·         You are unknowingly eating GMOs. Food products are not labeled to tell you that the ingredients have been genetically modified.

·         Long-term safety testing has not been done to show that altering the DNA of a plant with DNA from humans, insects or viruses (among other sources) is safe.

·         Many government officials that claim that GMOs are safe for us to eat are former employees and/or are invested in those corporations that supply the world with genetically modified seeds and the chemicals that treat those crops (i.e. Monsanto).

·         Our children are the first generation to grow up eating genetically modified foods.

·         Nearly 50 countries have already stood up to demand labeling of GM foods and have succeeded.

·         Decide if you are willing to be a guinea pig in an uncontrolled GMO food experiment that is today’s food industry.

To be or not to be a guinea pig

There are certainly some people that don’t feel that the evidence linking GMOs to disease and death in animals in scientific research is significant. Those people can continue eating GMOs if they would like to.

But if we don’t want to be guinea pigs in this uncontrolled GMO experiment, then as consumers, we need to take action. The good news is there are a few simple steps we can take to make change happen. 

Sign this petition from justlabelit.org national campaign in the United States to require genetically modified ingredients in food to be labeled as such. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

As consumers, we have the right to know what we are eating. As individuals, we have the right to make choices. Labeling genetically modified products would let everyone take their vote on the issue: those that feel comfortable eating GMOs, and those that don’t.

It’s estimated that if 5% of U.S. consumers decide to buy non-GMO foods, it would be enough to tip the scales and show the food industry that non-GMO products are in real demand. Use your purchasing power and vote with your dollars, buy non-GMO and organic brands.

Find out how to choose non-GMO foods.

Use resources and form letters to write and send letters to suppliers, grocery stores and restaurants you use.

Join Tipping Point Network, part of the Institute for Responsible Technology. They provide resources and training that will help you get involved in your community. New information is published daily on GMO research and initiatives around the world to label GM foods.

Join as a non-GMO shopper, a financial contributor or as an advocate.

Keep yourself updated on genetically modified food issues by signing up for newsletters. Three great sources are Justlabelit.org, GMWatch, and Natural Health News.

GMWatch is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1998. They seek to counter the enormous corporate political powers and propaganda of the biotech industry.

As time goes on, more U.S. States are beginning their own gmo labeling initiatives. Some are currently gathering signatures (anyone can sign) and others are looking for endorsements and volunteers. Check out the Right to Know GMO movements for California, Vermont, Connecticut and Oregon.

Stop Feeding Our Babies Genetically Engineered Infant Formula and Baby Food – The Petition Site
Our children are being exposed to possibly dangerous side effects of genetically modified organisms.

Millions Against Monsanto Campaign – Take Action
Sign the organic consumers association’s petition for Truth-in-Labeling.

Visit Change.org and search GMO to find a whole host of current GMO petitions that need signing. Even start your own.

Make a difference sign a petition!

Share this article with everyone you know. Like it, Tweet it or forward it by email. Each person can make a difference and the more people know, the better chance we have at change.

If every consumer took a few simple steps to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food products, we would be supporting companies and products that use quality ingredients and support quality agriculture. Consumer power would also send a strong message to businesses that insist on selling sub-quality food products. The dangers of eating GMOs are being discovered, the depths of which are yet to be understood.

While using our powers as consumers we can also make our voices heard with letters and petitions. Each of us can help make a change.

Take Action Now!

GMOs IN CANADA

Canada is the third largest producer of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the world. As the cultivation of GMO crops intensifies and expands, ecological risks are emerging, such as superweeds, pest resistance, and adverse effects on non-target organisms. GMO animals such as fish are also being developed, raising additional concerns about potential environmental risks.

No GM Fish

November 25, 2013: Environment Canada has approved the commercial production of GM Atlantic salmon eggs Prince Edward Island (PEI). The U.S. company AquaBounty has asked for approval of the GM Atlantic salmon for human consumption in the U.S., based on a plan to produce the GM fish eggs in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada and ship them to Panama for grow-out and processing. The company claims the salmon grow to market-size twice as fast as other farmed salmon. The salmon are engineered with a growth hormone gene from Chinook salmon and genetic material from ocean pout (an eel-like creature). If approved, it would be the first GE food animal in the world.

Take Action: You can email the Minister of the Environment today!

Get GM Sweet Corn Out!

October, 2013: The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) tested sweet corn samples from across Canada and found unlabelled genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) fresh sweet corn in grocery stores, roadside stands and farmers markets. CBAN testing clearly shows that consumers across Canada could be unknowingly buying GM sweet corn.

1. Sign the petition to grocery chains today at Grocery Chains

2. Write to the head office of your grocery store today! Check here for more info.

Stop the GM Apple

November 2013: The small BC company called Okanagan Specialty Fruits has asked the Canadian and U.S. governments to approve a genetically modified (GM)

Genetically Modified Organisms

Canada is the third largest producer of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the world. As the cultivation of GMO crops intensifies and expands, ecological risks are emerging, such as superweeds, pest resistance, and adverse effects on non-target organisms. GMO animals such as fish are also being developed, raising additional concerns about potential environmental risks. As yet, there is little information available on the potential adverse effects of GMOs on aquatic ecosystems.

Environmental scientists do not yet know what long-term impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem function could result from dispersing GMOs and related products such as herbicides and bt toxins (Bacillus thuringiensis toxins) in the environment, what effects they could have on indigenous microorganisms and invertebrates in streams and soils, and what threats they might pose to water quality.

Water S&T Research

To detect and monitor the spread and persistence of GMOs in aquatic ecosystems, Environment Canada researchers are studying the survival of free transgene DNA in water samples from different sources and potential horizontal gene transfer, and the possible presence of GMO related products such as Bt toxins in wetlands and ponds, occurring as a result of leaching and runoff. They have also conducted studies to examine the survival of model microbial GMOs in laboratory microcosms and make pre-release predictions about their environmental fate.

Scientists are building a molecular database on biodiversity and functional gene abundance in aquatic ecosystems. This information serves as baseline data of pre-GMO release conditions to compare with post-release conditions to enable researchers to detect and monitor trends and adverse changes in biodiversity and ecosystem functions.

Experts:

Tom EdgeFrançois GagnéJohn Lawrence

Learn more, visit these websites:

Environment Canada: Threats to Sources of Drinking Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Health in Canada – Ecosystem Effects of Genetically Modified Organisms

ARCHIVED - Action Plan of the Government of Canada