Poland and Germany have recently banned genetically modified organisms (GMOs). That makes 19 EU countries that have done so. And many other countries worldwide require labeling. The potential dangers of such products, including serious illnesses such as reproductive organ failure, immunity problems, damage to gut organisms and even death have been documented, but Monsanto has managed to block the publication of many scientific studies on its products. Its crops have been engineered to resist the herbicide Roundup, another widely used Monsanto product that is alleged to be toxic to humans.
In January, Vladimir Putin signed a bill that requires the labeling of such products. Some Russians equate GMO production with terrorism, alleging that it could be used to destroy populations. In the USA there is no such protection from Monsanto’s creations. Monsanto money talks in Congress… and even in California, where labeling was narrowly defeated in 2012 thanks to $8 million from Monsanto, $5 million from DuPont and over $16 million from other corporations. If the products are as harmless as alleged, why oppose labeling? Americans have a right to know what they are eating.