Never before in history has it been more critical for each of us to learn the facts about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
As Monsanto and other “ag-bio” corporations continue to push countries to accept their genetically modified crops around the world, as they buy up one independent seed supplier after another, as they influence government regulators and global trade agreements based on whether or not a country will agree to import GMO crops, our precious world stands at a crossroads of food health and security.
Once these ag-bio companies are allowed to control our food, there will be no turning back. Eventually the entire food supply will be contaminated (plants do still cross-pollinate even when they’re genetically altered)—there will be no way to know what is real and what is genetically modified without clear GMO labeling.
What’s Holding Canada Back?
Although the list is changing all the time, GMOs are currently labeled, extremely restricted, or banned in 64 countries, including the entire European Union (United Kingdom, Norway, Luxembourg, Austria, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Ireland).
They are also banned in Australia (but that’s shifting due to pressure from NuFarm/Monsanto) and New Zealand.
Elsewhere in the world, GMOs are restricted or banned in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Algeria, Poland, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, China, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, Fiji, Sri Lanka, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Sadly, the debate is still underway.
As far back as 1998, scientists employed by Health Canada who were concerned about human health impacts complained that they were being pressured to approve the GMO milk hormone, which is injected into cows to increase milk supply. They testified that the drug maker, Monsanto, offered them a bribe of over $1 million to approve it. They also reported that their research study documents were stolen from a locked file cabinet in a government office.
In response, a Monsanto official went on Canadian national television saying that the scientists had “misunderstood an offer for research money.” Source: http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/ViewPage.aspx?pageId=125