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Just Say NO to GMO

Nancys avatarThere aren’t too many foods that appeal to me.  My menu is very limited because of the taste, the ingredients, the smell or sometimes, the name.  Yes, people who really know me think I am fussy and picky when it comes to food.  I agree with them, totally.

I like the “standard” foods I grew up with, although my dietary restrictions have shrunk that list recently, and rarely move out of my comfort zone.

Corn was always considered a staple in most homes.  From corn on the cob to popcorn and everything in between, this food was probably “the most popular” vegetable on my table.  Then big business introduced Genetically Modified Organism products, GMO as it is commonly referred, to our foods in 1996.  These organisms are not found in nature, but created by scientists, supposedly for the good of man, by increasing levels of vitamins and adding vaccines against diseases.  We all know that “the good of man” translates to “more money in their pocket.”

They conveniently didn’t let us know that eating GMO corn has caused rats to develop horrifying tumors, widespread organ damage, and premature death. That’s the conclusion of a shocking new study that looked at the long-term effects of consuming Monsanto’s genetically modified corn. The study was published in The Food & Chemical Toxicology Journal, and was just presented at a news conference in London.  (I would post the pictures of these rats, but they would gross you out!)

As a result of the risks, many people worldwide are demanding non-genetically modified (non-GMO) foods. Nearly 50 countries around the world, including all EU member states, have either banned GMOs completely, or require that food containing them be clearly labeled. However, the U.S. does not have mandatory GMO labeling, and the FDA does not require safety assessments of GMO foods or even review all GMO products hitting the market.

If you are a follower of my Soapbox column, you know that I usually rant with comedy.  I cannot for the life of me find anything funny about GMO’s, although I would like to see these big businesses go bankrupt and leave our food alone.  What comes around, goes around.  Now, THAT would be funny.
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