Commentary: GMO Inside unfair fighters against GMO foods

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Those who lost the California referendum vote to require all food that might contain genetically modified ingredients be labeled as such have been inspired to continue fighting but on a more national scale.

As noted in previous discussions about the California referendum, many of those working for required labeling weren’t thinking anything other than outlawing the use of biotechnology to develop GMO crops. The referendum itself could have been labeled the “No GMOs” campaign.

Using Thanksgiving as a kick-off for a new effort to punish any food producer, processor who might include GMO crops in their food, a new coalition of anti-GMO organizations has been formed. It is the “GMO Inside” organization.

The idea is that consumers should check as many sources as possible to see if GMO ingredients are included in foods that might end up on the Thanksgiving feast table. They want all Americans to “celebrate a non-GMO Thanksgiving.”

The organization, using a website, slams specific companies and products as being “suspect for GMOs” and provides its supposedly known non-GMO alternative. Additionally, GMO Inside has a campaign similar to “don’t let a friend drive drunk” by telling the public to warn their friends and families of GMO ingredient products—don’t let friends eat GMOs. The suggestion is to use social media to post product pictures of those thought to have GMO ingredients.

To punish food producers/processors, the recommendation is to use any guarantee of satisfaction on a package to ask for money back from a manufacturer.

GMO Inside refuses to accept that GMO crops and food ingredients are safe for human or animal consumption and basically calls anyone associated with production or sale of GMO products unethical.

In the announcement of GMO Inside being formed, the coalition had harsh words for mainstream agriculture that does produce GMO products. “Genetically engineered foods have not been adequately tested for human consumption. It is unethical to put an experimental technology into the food Americans feed their families without providing information on the label that allows Americans to choose whether or not their food contains GMOs. Americans deserve to know if there are GMOs inside.”

There are several organizations involved in steering GMOs Inside, and it would seem good to steer clear of these organizations. The coalition’s steering committee comes from the following groups: Food Democracy Now, Green America, Institute for Responsible Technology, Nature’s Path Organic Foods and Nutiva.

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UK  |  November, 17, 2012 at 10:38 AM

You say that Americans deserve to know whether there are GMOs inside the food, but what about the African people? Gm food is what keeps them alive, as the vast majority do not have money to buy the organic foods. In addition, food labeling is also starting to become of increased importance, but because of the nutritional properties. What is your view on the matter? Your comments would be much appreciated: vs-profit-driven/

USA  |  November, 19, 2012 at 02:02 PM

GMOs keep Africans alive?? You are very much wrong there!!! GMOS are being pushed onto Africans by the Multinational Corporations by bribery. How do you think a rural African farmer can cultivate large plots of land with GMOs with only a cow? How does a rural African farmer afford to buy GMO seed every year because he or she can't save seed by contract when using GMOs? Where does the rural African farmer get the capital to buy the herbicide and pesticide needed when planting GMOs? Do these rural African farmers use GMOs?? Of course not...these rural farmers utilize seed stock that they can produce and save themselves. THe vast majority of farmers in Africa dont have the infrastructure of capital to own and operate the expensive machinery that are required to use GMOs. It is a complete fantasy to think that only rich people eat organic foods. Only the industrialized nations have organic labeling, while most developing nations eat foods that are not heavily sprayed with chemicals like the USA. Here in the USA, citizens have improper ingredient information to know if they are consuming food products that can be a health hazard like GMOs. Dousing produce with chemicals is NEVER a good thing and the non-sense being promoted that GMOs have reduced chemicals in agriculture is only believed by those who are fools!!

November, 25, 2012 at 07:24 AM

Here is a statement signed by 24 delegates from 18 African countries to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, in 1998: “We strongly object that the image of the poor and hungry from our countries is being used by giant multinational corporations to push a technology that is neither safe, environmentally friendly nor economically beneficial to us. We do not believe that such companies or gene technologies will help our farmers to produce the food that is needed in the 21st century. On the contrary, we think it will destroy the diversity, the local knowledge and the sustainable agricultural systems that our farmers have developed for millennia, and that it will thus undermine our capacity to feed ourselves.” – Statement signed by 24 delegates from 18 African countries to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, 1998 “If anyone tells you that GM is going to feed the world, tell them that it is not… To feed the world takes political and financial will.” – Steve Smith, head of GM company Novartis Seeds UK (now Syngenta), public meeting on proposed local GM farm scale trial, Tittleshall, Norfolk, UK, 29 March 2000

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