Fight for your food rights

By KATHRYN OWCZARZAK

Foods that are processed with genetically modified organisms should be labeled.

As surgeon and TV personality Mehmet Cengiz Oz put it, “Right now, we have no way of knowing which foods have been genetically modified. I believe you should have that right.”

The first study to ever examine the long-term effects of GMOs was published in 2009 by Gilles-Eric Seralini at the University of Caen. The study found that GMOs caused rats “to develop tumors the size of ping-pong balls, liver damage and digestive problems.”

Agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto is infamous for introducing GMOs into our world’s food supply, and has long lobbied to keep the public unaware of its actions.

When Monsanto’s Michael Taylor designed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, The Activist Post reported that the law appointed him as “Food Czar” to the FDA.

Taylor gave Monsanto unlimited power over all U.S. seed, food supplements, food and farming, according to the Senate Health Committee.

So, even though polls from The New York Times and Consumers Union show that Americans don’t want GMOs in our food supply, Monsanto has power over our government.

According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, 80 percent of all processed foods in the United States contain GMOs.

Why should we be concerned?

Although we know the risks, many people ignore labels and still choose to eat fatty foods and drink caffeine. But, we only have the freedom to make those choices when we are accurately informed.

If my food has been processed with GMOs, but is not labeled with a GMO hazard warning, then I do not have the freedom to choose to avoid it.

Thomas Jefferson said, “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live in tyranny.”

We must demand adequate labeling of GMO-processed foods before it’s too late. I don’t want my body to be packed full of tumors like a poor lab rat.

Owczarzak is an actress, artist, screenwriter and student. She aspires to produce and direct films that inspire, educate and entertain.

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