Calling Five Percent of US Residents to Action on GMOs

Pinky, who is fast becoming my favourite cat, has conducted the following excellent interview with Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology and author of Seeds of Deception.

The 43 minute interview covers a lot of ground, including the latest incarnation of life patenting — the patenting of human genes. Did you know that many of the genes in your body are owned by corporations? Absurd, but true. This has worrying implications.

As well as all the depressing reasons why genetic tinkering is not a good thing, Smith concludes the interview with a message of hope — that you as a consumer have the power to topple the multi-billion dollar industry that’s threatening our health and our planet. Using the historical example of how consumer demands in Europe incentivised supermarkets to stop stocking GM products, Jeffrey Smith believes if only five percent of the U.S. population were to determine not to purchase GM products, supermarkets would be motivated to source GM-free stock for their shelves, and we would see a domino effect that could bring an end to this industry.

The Institute for Responsible Technology and Seeds of Deception websites have some great practical information on what you can do. Essentially, stop buying products containing GM ingredients. Although GM labelling is conspicuous by its absence in the U.S., there are ways to know what products are likely to contain GM ingredients and what are not. Head here to get ideas on how to avoid GM foods when shopping and eating out.

Around 70 percent of foods purchased in the U.S. contain GM ingredients — this is largely due to the prevalence of government subsidised high fructose corn syrup and soy by-products in almost everything. This makes it sound almost impossible to avoid GM foods, but it’s not so. Take ketchup for example — read the ingredients. If you see high fructose corn syrup and soy oil on the label, put it back, and look for one that uses olive oil instead. Keep in mind, if something isn’t done soon, the percentage of GM products in the food chain will only increase, and the global spread of GMO crops will continue. We need to take action now.

If you need more motivating, and if you didn’t catch it already, be sure to watch the recently released documentary — The World According to Monsanto.

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