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I wanted to write a post about GMOs—Genetically Modified Organisms—because I don’t understand the issue against labeling for those of us who would rather not risk the possible, or even probable, side effects.  GMOs are engineered seeds for faster growth, resistance to pathogens and fabrication of extra nutrients.  That’s according to those who support GMOs, who would tell you it’s only beneficial and poses no larger threat than regular food.  On the other hand, corn is specifically made to grow a deadly insecticide in each kernel that kills bugs.  Protesters would say it’s not safe to eat.  They would also state that GMOs affect ecological, economical and safety issues.  They argue that the rats that were used to test the genetically modified food developed liver and kidney damage and massive tumors.  Fifty percent of the males and seventy percent of the females died.  Additionally, protesters would point to the insecticides which contaminates fields and the economic hardship to farmers and US exports.  Unless I’m mistaken, all the protesters are fighting for is labeling on the packaging.  Monsanto, who owns most of the companies that are using GMOs wants to keep them hidden and legal, so you won’t know what you’re eating.  Many countries have either placed restrictions on the GMOs or have banned them outright.  Africa, in Asia—China, Japan, Philippines, In Europe—Norway, Austria, Germany, UK, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Luxembourg and Portugal, as well as Brazil and Paraguay in South America, have placed GMO restrictions.  Sri Lanka, Thailand,  Ireland and Saudia Arabia have entirely banned GMO growing and GM foods.  The simple fix?  GMO labeling, so consumers can decide for themselves.  Until then, buy only USDA certified organics to ensure they are GMO free.  IMHO, it’s the best bet, but that’s just my opinion.  I can’t tell you for a fact that they’re bad, but I can tell you that many people want to know what’s in their food and there shouldn’t be anything wrong with that.  It’s the least to ask.

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