Caution: Eat At Your Own Risk

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* Disclaimer- This is an opinionated rant sprinkled with a bit of knowledge and information. This is emotionally driven based on my understanding of GMO and Monsanto. I encourage everyone to research on their own and form their own opinion. I also hope that my emotions stir up yours and we can become the change that our children and our Earth so desperately need.

March 26, 2013 something very terrible happened…. Something so frightening that it will forever leave scars in my faith and our soil. On that tragic day, the spending bill H.R.R 933 was signed quietly into law. Some, if not most, of you may have heard this dubbed as the “Monsanto Protection Act”. Since I was accused in my last GMO post of not having all my facts straight, I will share with you the exact verbiage from section 735 of H.R. 933:

Sec. 735. In the event that a determination of non-regulated status made pursuant to section 411 of the Plant Protection Act is or has been invalidated or vacated, the Secretary of Agriculture shall, notwithstanding any other provision of law, upon request by a farmer, grower, farm operator, or producer, immediately grant temporary permit(s) or temporary deregulation in part, subject to necessary and appropriate conditions consistent with section 411(a) or 412(c) of the Plant Protection Act, which interim conditions shall authorize the movement, introduction, continued cultivation, commercialization and other specifically enumerated activities and requirements, including measures designed to mitigate or minimize potential adverse environmental effects, if any, relevant to the Secretary’s evaluation of the petition for non-regulated status, while ensuring that growers or other users are able to move, plant, cultivate, introduce into commerce and carry out other authorized activities in a timely manner: Provided, That all such conditions shall be applicable only for the interim period necessary for the Secretary to complete any required analyses or consultations related to the petition for non-regulated status: Provided further, That nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting the Secretary’s authority under section 411, 412 and 414 of the Plant Protection Act.

Since I am not a politician, lawyer, or Monsanto employee I did a lot of reading to figure out what that all means in laymen’s terms. It has basically given Monsanto free reign to plant and produce as much GM crop as their dirty little hearts desire for the next 6 months… with full government amnesty. Since as of right now there is no “proof” that GMO’s are dangerous (more on that in a moment), if and WHEN there is, then no one can come after them. (Goodie.) The even better part is they really don’t NEED to tell us what the hell is GMO at all because that seems to be all apart of this BS bill as well. No rules, no labels, no accountability.

Back to the burden of proof thing- Genetically Modified Organisms hit the market for food consumption in 1994. Since then there has been a huge increase in many diseases… cancer, digestive tract issues, autism, allergies, etc. It could be unrelated. It also could be. If we, as consumers, were being really honest with ourselves we would truly wonder why that is. There is many different things that could cause the overall health shift of our society. Pollution. Medicines. FOOD. When I truly look deep down I think to myself that when someone is trying to hide something from me, than that probably means it is because they don’t want me to know. That includes our government. Monsanto and the US government have been BFF for quite a while. So much so, that the head of the FDA (the agency created to help make sure our food is safe) was at one time the head of Monsanto. Monsanto also brought us the lovely Agent Orange. Google that shit and prepare for your head to spin. They are also such great buddies that it is rumored that the clause was actually written WITH Monsanto by Senator Roy Blunt. Terrified yet? It gets better. If these crops pose no real threat to our health then why the hell has every other country banned them? Why are Haitian farmers burning tons and tons of “Emergency Aid” GMO seed? Why in the world are huge corportations spending millions to stop labeling? More importantly… why in the f*ck did this bill pass through the House and Senate with many members not even knowing the act even existed!? Let’s be real here… if the tests on the effects on our health were done (which they probably never will be) do you honestly think that they would be truthfully disclosed? Tests have been done in other countries and those results have been excused away and swept under the proverbial rug. Even if it was made more public knowledge that GMO is poisoning us they now have full-freaking-protection. Six months is a long enough time to cause some pretty severe damage. Plus, it just sent a message to large corporations that if they get in bed with the government, they can get whatever they want.

Cross pollination happens. That is something outside of any human being’s control. It happens with the help of bees, birds, the wind… all forces of natural that us humans cannot override. When that happens Monsanto can (and does) go onto your local farmer’s land and sue them for using patented seeds. That means the local farmer doing his damnedest to give you organic options will probably lose their farm. One less organic farmer and more land to plant poison on. Monsanto is slowly but surely taking over the world right before our very eyes. And we are letting this happen.

Now I have liked every single GMO free group available on Facebook, I read labels, my ears perk up when GMO talk comes up. I am making the changes I demand of our society. I am not just a believer, I am slowly turning into an activist. I am passionate. I am angry. I am arming myself daily with knowledge. I am scared shitless. I don’t want my children growing up eating things that are harming them. I don’t want to stand idly by while our Earth is taken over. I certainly don’t want my right of choice to be taken from me.

Here is the deal… This last week an equally as important and ridiculous fight has been happening in our capital over same-sex marriage. Was this a cover to sneak H.R. 933 in? Who knows? To me they are the same issue, different topic. Our rights to choose are on the line. Everyone should have the ability to have free reign to live their lives how they see fit. That means I should be able to go grocery shopping and buy something without reading 8 million labels to make sure I am not eating pesticides. That also means my best friend has every right to marry his boyfriend. To me (remember this is just my opinion) this all bullshit! This is becoming about control. We need to wake up. Before anyone gets all Nobama Mama on me, let me just say this… It passed through the House and the Senate before landing in the POTUS’ desk. It made it through every step from a bill to a law with very little commotion. I don’t know what these politicians motivations were. Sure I can assume it probably has something to do with money, fear, ignorance but none of us really know. Am I disappointed? Hell yes I am. I’m actually more disappointed in we, the people. As a whole, Americans have been far too complacent for far too long. We need to dig deep and find out what we want our legacy to be. Put the doritos down and put in the effort. It is clear that no one else will do it for us. We have gotten lazy and we are paying a heavy, heavy price. Look into your child’s eyes and decide what world you want to leave them with. Is it one full of frankenfish, bigotry and blind faith? I highly doubt it. I don’t think that any one of us make any single decision based out of anything but love. We could be the generation that changes it all. We could take our decision power back. We can cause a movement so momentous that our children and our children’s children will forever be grateful. Or we can’t. That choice, my friends, is all up to you.

 

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10 Comments

  1. kelly v -  April 1, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    I also heard about this and I am still rather outraged. I don’t think it is any coincidence that it was the exact same time as the gay marriage talks. I will be checking more labels and not buying any more gmo products.

  2. jennifer k -  April 1, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    I am feeling the same as you Risa. It is getting to the point that I am AFRAID of shopping at a grocery store for food. The government controls everything how do I know I can trust a label that says it’s non-GMO and Certified Organic.

    I am certain that GMOs is a huge cause of cancer and other diseases increase over the last 19 years. I have suffered from health issues my whole life and am now 36. Since I became vegan and started eating whole foods and only buying products that I am sure is safe, I don’t have half the health issues. I have also made changes to a greener lifestyle in my home and my kids and i are alot healthier

  3. Christina -  April 1, 2013 - 4:19 pm

    I agree we are getting so picky about what we buy all organic and/or non GMO certified. Its scary and now that we are Prego again I’m being so picky and when people ask if they can give my son (7 months) some pre packaged crap food I almost yell no at them. And no I don’t want my child to be dosed with GMO sugar and milk from cows that are fed GMO grain. No thanks. And then when they tell me nothing is wrong with GMO I want to never eat with them again.

  4. Amanda M S -  April 1, 2013 - 7:48 pm

    I am so freaking upset when I think about this topic my face literately gets red. It is SICK and disgusting that this is happening. How can that even be legal?! We do our best to eat organic and have for many years but I wasn’t as aware of how harmful GMO foods were until recently. I had to do a project in college about GMO salmon and I remember how disturbing that was too. What really pisses me off is the cost of purchasing organic non-GMO food. We do a mix of both organic/non GMO and store bought food. I did A little experiment and went to our local healthfood store and bought $40 worth of non GMO food. It was one 1/2 full paper bag. I then went to Walmart to get some other grocery, spent $40 and got 7 bags of food.

    Eating non GMO food is really a lifestyle change. For one, you spent hours of your life checking labels for non GMO. Two, its freaking expensive! We would have to cut down on other “luxury” items a month to afford food that won’t poison my family. All I want to say is F$&K YOU MONSANTO!

    • Risa -  April 2, 2013 - 11:03 pm

      I know Amanda! It is so so so so frustrating and overwhelming and disheartening. I am trying so hard to learn budget tricks but it is a swing and a miss. Do you have a Kroger owned grocery store near you? They have a really good (reasonably priced) organic brand that I have been trying out for some of my processed needs. Other than that we eat a lot of salad lol! Our meals are a lot more basic that is for sure.

  5. Jessica -  April 1, 2013 - 7:52 pm

    I’ve done a lot of research on GMOs myself because I don’t just jump on the “protest” bandwagon just because of word of mouth. I’ve researched actual scientific facts to find out what exactly a gmo is, and what I’ve found is that GMOs aren’t really the problem. Certain organizations are creating wide-spread panic over something that has actually kept millions of people in third world countries from starving to death. And people have actually been genetically modifying crops for centuries, but now there is technology to do it faster and that’s where the concern is coming from. But the seeds aren’t being pumped with some kind of scary synthetic chemicals, they are adding genes from other living plants, animals, and bacteria. All things that we already consume anyways. That being said, Monsanto IS a big issue because it is totally unfair the way they are trying to monopolize the farming industry and put small farming companies out of business. It’s disgusting. I agree that everyone should do their own research, preferably from unbiased sources and not just “anti-gmo” groups, but actual scientific evidence, and come to your own conclusions

    • Risa -  April 2, 2013 - 11:01 pm

      I would love links to that research. I have really tried to find it but just haven’t been able to find much that leads me to believe it is “safe”. Except for maybe Monsanto’s site and well… I really don’t trust that. Also, GM corn… Bt corn… is a pesticide. That is not really what “I” would call safe to digest let alone healthy. If it is so safe that they would not need a protection order written into law, wouldn’t you agree? Monsanto is doing more then just monopolizing the farming community they are seizing it and destroying it.

  6. Nikki -  April 24, 2013 - 7:40 am

    I saw this photo linked on FB today. The caption was “even the squirrels know the difference” Food for thought for me. I had never considered this perspective on my food and honestly thought your post was a bit over dramatic. But now that I’ve heard of GMO it seems a lot of people around me are talking about it. Living, learning and growing are such an on going process. Thank you for helping me to look at different perspectives.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151601154671163&set=a.446196711162.238598.155935376162&type=1&theater

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