It is certainly good to see that not all countries are a blind as we are in the U.S. when it comes to GMO foods.
Germany has decided to ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) corn and saying that it is "a danger to the environment."
This is the latest product to be banned as other GM crops are already banned within the German boarders. Would that the American Farmers would wake up and take notice too.
The particular variety in question, known as MON 810, actually produces a pesticide inside its tissues to repel insects like the corn borer moth larvae.
While that may sound good on the surface, are we also not consuming some portion of that very same produced pesticide when we eat this corn?
Should we not be put on notice that this can, bag, or product contains this GMO corn and just how much of it is this of this variety?
Yet the giant chemical companies have spent millions lobbying against any such requirements for labeling saying that the consumer does not need to know this information.
A number of bills in congress have been put forth, but the power and money behind their lobbiest have won the day so far and stopped any such bill from getting to the floor for a vote.
Let us hope that with enough pressure from each states people, our representative and senators will accede to our demands and not those of the pharmaceutical industry.
This GMO corn is not really a new product. In fact, it was back in 1998 that the European Union first approved MON 810 corn for cultivation. Fortunately, under their law, individual countries can impose their own bans on products.
Besides Germany, bans have been implemented on GMO products by Austria, France, Greece, Hungary and Luxemburg.
Dispite industry claims that the is no problem with GMO plants, others do not agree. Greenpeace spokesperson, Stephanie Towe, said on this decision that it is based on solid scientific evidence of environmental harm and it should have been banned long ago.
There is mounting evidence that GM crops damage wildlife, spread their genetic material to the natural systems and plants, and produce numerous health problems in humans.
For example, Ron Garner writes in his book Conscious Health, "it is now being discovered that pollen from genetically modified corn can kill monarch butterflies."
This is scary news as butterflies are a major mechanism that nature uses to pollinate many types of wild and domesticated plants. To know that an actual plant kills them is unsetting the balance that nature has created over millions of years and the real consequences of that we have yet to discover.
Ron Garner further writes, "There is long-term concern that pollen from bio-engineered crops will spread and kill beneficial insects as well as create strains of superweeds that are totally resistant to pesticides. Genetic engineering is changing the composition of foods, and most North American consumers are uninformed on the issue."
As expected, Biotec giant Monsanto, the maker of MON 810 corn, condemned the new ban and is investigating the possibility of a lawsuit.
Well, I hope that they do go ahead, they know that there is a huge body of evidence that at the very least calls into question the safety of this product. And a lot of studies have shown actual harm to the environment and bio-systems.
Let them sue and perhaps some of this information can get into the public record and then be used in further cases against them.
It is about time that these giant companies that feel any compunction to actually tell the real truth even when they know there are problems, actually are help accountable under law just as most average people today are.
I for one will be trying my best to find out just what is in the food that I am buying and will certainly opt out of any product that contains any GM foodstuffs.
Are you going to do the same?