June 29th, 2013
I’d love to hear the “international view” of this topic. It’s about “GMO” food, and it’s a topic that I’ve been quite interested in lately. (GMO) stands for “Genetically Modified Organisms”. “Organisms” mean “living things”. ”Genetically modified” means that the genes (genetics) have been changed (modified). In this case, it’s essentially talking about fruits and vegetables that have been changed by scientists.
This is big business: HUGE business. There are several large multi-national corporations that are trying to change and control the food we eat. They hire scientists to play around with the natural genes in plants and some animals. They want to make fruit and vegetables that are bigger, more colourful, more difficult for insects to eat, better at growing in hot/cold weather…
That sounds great if that’s the whole story. Unfortunately, it’s not even close!
The reason I started looking into this topic was because I was doing some research on the types of foods that will make me healthiest. I want to change my diet to eat only the stuff that will make me look and feel the best, live the longest, and give me the most energy.
When I was researching this stuff, I saw a lot of information about how “big business” is controlling our food. I sort of knew they were doing it, but I recently found out that it’s MUCH worse that I thought before.
There are many problems with GM food. One of them is that the companies don’t test them for long enough before allowing the people to eat them. They don’t really know if these foods are healthy or not for us in the long term. They just “hope for the best” and only care about whether or not they are making money. It’s much easier to grow and sell GM foods, and big business is ONLY about making money.
To be honest, I don’t really care if some companies are playing “mind games” with us and trying to get us to buy an iPhone instead of a Samsung; it’s just a phone. What makes me sick, however, is the idea that they do this with everything, even the food we eat and the water we drink.
Another problem with GM food is that it’s horrible for local farmers. These companies own the legal rights to their seeds and they force farmers to grow and sell these foods. The farmers have no choice, because if they are growing a big field of rice or corn, they won’t have control if one little patented GM seed blows in the wind and onto their field. If this happens (which ALWAYS happens) the big company can take the little farmer to court and say that the farmer is cheating by stealing their seeds. This is even true if the farmer only has 0.01% GM food by accident. It’s sick!
Many people are starting to “wake up” to the problem with GM foods, but these companies are so strong and tricky. Just a couple weeks ago there was a big court battle about this topic. Of course, the rich companies won….. What happened was this: One state in the USA wanted to force people who grew GM products to put a GM label (a sticker) on the food. This was to let the people know what they were buying. That seems totally reasonable right? People should absolutely know if the food they are buying has been played around with by scientists or not. But the court said that the GM companies DO NOT have to put labels on the food. This is crazy, and this means that we don’t know if the food is GM food or not when we are shopping.
I watched a couple AWESOME documentaries about this topic. They explain about the whole modern farming industry and what is going on by these insane companies. They show what happens when mice eat these GM foods (It’s really scary and I hope this won’t happen to us later. Many mice get sick or get cancers from the GM food). They show how difficult life is for the farmers from all over the world. They interview one Canadian farmer who took the company to the biggest court in Canada. The company, Monsanto, tried to scare this farmer and this company does it to farmers all over the world. I’ve shown my friends and family these documentaries and they all thought they were awesome. I put BOTH full length documentaries here in the special VIP community for you guys to watch and discuss.
I’d love to know what you think or know about the topic of GM food. What is the news saying about this in your country? Do you believe it? What do you think we can do to fight for healthy food? Do your farmers have to grow this stuff? Be careful. I hope these large companies lose and they don’t control the world’s food. ”Google this” and do some research on GM food in your country and please share with us.