Say No to Genetically Modified Foods — and Make Your Voice Heard

Earlier this month, when I wrote a piece on the genetically modified salmon that’s up for approval in the US, my inbox was flooded. The sentiment was generally the same as mine — outrage. People are angry that something potentially harmful is being pushed through for the sole interest of lining the pockets of those in the BioTech industry. As their grip tightens over the food chain, people are starting to wake up to just how bad things are getting.

Undeniably, the most frequently asked question I got was “What can I do about this?” No one likes to feel helpless, yet with the Food and Drug Administration set to approve the Frankenfish and stating outright that it will not be labeled, and thus indistinguishable from natural salmon, it’s hard to feel like your voice can be heard.

The health impact of genetically modified foods is riddled with troubling findings. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) reported that “several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM has asked doctors to advise their patients to avoid GM foods.

Even the FDA’s own scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They have repeatedly urged long-term safety studies, but have been ignored. If even scientists aren’t getting their voice heard, what hope do we possibly have?

Well today I’ve found something that you can do.

The BioTech companies and the FDA rely on one thing to get their agenda pushed through to have mutant veg and animals show up on your dinner plate: public ignorance. As long as the public is asleep on the issue, there’s nothing stopping these things from getting pushed onto the market. So in order to fight them, we need to spread the word.

And while telling all your family and friends about it is a good place to start, certain institutions have been set up that can reach a lot more people in a lot less time. One of those institutions is the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT). Founded by Jeffrey Smith, author of the anti-GMO must-reads ‘Seeds of Deception’ and ‘Genetic Roulette,’ IRT is all about educating policy makers and the public worldwide about genetically modified foods.

The IRT has started a Campaign for Healthier Eating in America to bring together citizens, health care professionals, businesses and the media in an attempt to reach a tipping point in consumer awareness resulting in mass rejection of genetically modified foods. Maybe we can even get this done before the Frankenfish hits the market.

Yes, I know it’s American, but this is where the battle is being fought. You can bet that if the GM salmon gets approval in the US it’ll only be so long before Canada agrees to it too. We haven’t exactly shown any restraint in accepting genetically modified crops.

The good news is that, Mike Adams from Natural News will match your donation, dollar for dollar. Throw in $5 and he’ll throw in $5. Throw in $100 and he’ll match it. It’s a good way to get some mileage out of those dollars. He’s committed to contribute up to $10,000 in matched donations, so altogether the IRT could be looking at a good $20,000 chunk. I’m thinking that could really help spread the word.

Now, anyone who knows me is aware that I’m a total cheapskate when it comes to giving out cash. But I donated to this cause — it’s simply that important. So please, skip the Starbucks fancy coffee that’s sending you ever closer to Type 2 Diabetes for one day and put that money towards supporting the future of our food chain.

The Healthy Foodie is Doug DiPasquale, Holistic Nutritionist and trained chef, living in Toronto.