GM foods under the gun -- everywhere but here
Seems like someone in Washington is reading MAD Magazine instead of the scientific journals.
Right now, food safety officials around the world are taking action in wake of an explosive new study that found genetically modified corn can increase the risk of massive and deadly tumors in rats.
But the response in Washington can be summed up best in the immortal words of Alfred E. Neuman:
"What, me worry?"
That's right... not a peep out of the FDA over the new study, which found that female rats given either GM corn, the Roundup weed killer used on GM crops, or both had a dramatically higher risk of tumors and were two to three times more likely to die than rats in a control group.
Male rats also developed larger tumors and had a higher risk of liver congestion and necrosis. And males and females alike had a higher rate of kidney problems when they were fed the corn and/or the weed killer.
It's enough for any rational person to want to at least put the brakes on GM foods while we get more answers -- and overseas, they're doing just that.
Russia has cut off all imports of GM corn while they sort out the new study. In Europe, France is calling for similar action if an EU investigation finds the study is at least scientifically valid.
But here in the United States, it's business as usual. And that means if the study on mice holds true in humans, you can expect cancer clusters like never before -- because nearly all of our corn, and all the products made from corn, are genetically modified.
A whopping 88 percent of all U.S. corn is genetically modified, and you can't avoid it here even if you want to because there are no rules requiring labels for GM foods.
Most nations have these basic protections in place. Even China -- not exactly known for its food safety -- requires labels on GM foods, giving its consumers a freedom we don't have in the United States: The freedom to make informed choices about what we eat.
There are two things you need to do here. First, make the switch to organic, since organic foods cannot be genetically modified.
Second, join the movement to demand the right to know -- demand labels for genetically modified foods. If you live here in California, you can actually vote to give yourself that right next month.
Read more about the upcoming vote, and the actions you can take no matter where you live, right here.