by: Tara Green
(NaturalNews) 2012 could be the beginning of the end for Frankenfoods in the US as GMO’s could lose their ability to operate by stealth in at least in one state. Californians may vote later this year on whether to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food and food ingredients.
New initiative would be first-ever US restriction of GMO’s
A grassroots coalition of health, environmental and consumer organizations filed papers last fall with the California Attorney General’s office to place a citizen’s initiative on the ballot late in 2012. If the measure is successful, California would be the first state to adopt mandatory GMO labeling laws.
Success in the Golden State may inspire food activists elsewhere in the US. Consumers have no choice but to boycott GMO’s, and the labeling requirements will have a serious impact on the bottom line of companies who have invested heavily in creating these pseudo-foods, such as Monsanto. Predictably, these multinational corporations are spending some of the mega-millions they make on sales to uninformed consumers to defeat the California ballot initiative.
GMOs viewed with suspicious in other countries
The US has been slower than some other nations to restrict GMO’s, largely because of the FDA’s willingness to accept Monsanto’s assurances that their laboratory concoctions are safe to eat. Ireland banned the growing of GMO crops in 2009 and uses a GMO-free label for animal products including meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, fish and crustaceans, which are raised with feed free of GMOs. Japan also does not grow any GMO food and limits the import of such foods from nations, including the US, Australia and Canada, which grow them. France requires that products containing more than 0.9 percent genetically modified ingredients indicate GM content on their labels. Worldwide, fifty countries have some form of restriction on GMO’s, but so far, the US has been wide open to this dangerous form of food experimentation.
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