It’s GMO awareness week, and the push is on: thousands of activists are working to educate consumers, label GMO food, boycott, or outright ban it. Recently the prestigious IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) of the World Health Organization has declared glyphosate a “probable carcinogen” and many, citing the growing research that rolls in weekly, are pushing for the more serious categorization of “known carcinogen.”
Just posted on Dr. Mercola’s website, we read: “With mounting scientific evidence underlining the human health and environmental toxicity of GE foods, and growing alarm over the toxic pesticides such as Monsanto’s Roundup that invariably accompany genetically modified organisms (GMOs), currently 64 nations require mandatory labeling of GMOs. Numerous states and regions in the European Union, and several dozen entire nations, including Switzerland, Australia, Austria, China, India, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, and Russia, have banned GMO crops altogether.”
On a local level, you can mark GMO Awareness Week by spreading the word about the dangers of genetically modified organisms, sharing GMO articles, and choosing to eat healthfully. On the statewide or national level you may choose to participate in one of the many statewide initiatives to ban GMOs or fight for GMO labeling. While such state initiatives were defeated in California and Oregon, they were successful in Vermont and some counties.