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Wellness Wednesday: Label GMOs

June 11, 2014

What is more sacred than the right to understand what we’re putting into our bodies? This is our rallying cry to encourage you to demand that GMOs — genetically modified organisms — be labeled in our food. As we venture further into the health and wellness spaces — and continue to invest in food ventures — we feel particularly compelled to shed light on this critical issue.

Genetically engineered (GE) foods are patented crops that have been altered on a molecular level in ways that do not occur naturally. Biotech companies, such as Monsanto, developed these crops in order to facilitate mass farming, theoretically yielding more plentiful harvests resistant to such common maladies as disease and drought.

Yet, attempting to outsmart Mother Nature has already proven to have detrimental effects. For one, we know it’s wrecking havoc on the environment, creating such issues as superweeds and superbugs (both which have evolved to withstand the chemicals designed to kill them), rampant contamination (GE pollen spreading to non GE crops), and loss of biodiversity. On the latter point, traditional farming techniques — such as crop rotation — have been decimated by these mass manipulations, destroying the land’s fertility and ultimately endangering heirloom varieties.

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Moreover, if we’ve learned one thing, it’s this: if it isn’t good for the environment, it’s probably not good for us. There exist arguments that there is no conclusive research which proves GE foods are unsafe. To counter this argument, there has not been adequate proof that they are. In the meantime, we (our bodies, our planet) serve as test dummies.

The critical issue is this: we’re not being given a real opportunity to make the decision for ourselves. Until there is national labeling required, we’re not fully empowered as conscious consumers. For this reason we’re urging, with the help of other organizations, such as GMO Free New York and Just Label It, to demand the right to understand what is in our food.

Join us and the 92% of all Americans who believe we have this right and add your voice to this petition or sign our in-store petition in abcmkt, on the lower level of our 888 Broadway location. Want more? See 9 easy things you can do to support this cause, and watch the below video via Just Label It.