We’ve discussed the benefits of choosing to follow a simple, healthy, organic lifestyle. Organic isn’t a term many Europeans are familiar with — for the most part, their crops aren’t pesticide-laden and their poultry isn’t injected with toxins. Yet our standards here are little different. We have mammoth corporations like Monsanto determining what we consume, and even worse, what we think and believe to be true. The damage has long been done — Roundup alone has been used since the 1970s — yet the carcinogenic properties have only recently been brought to light.
‘FOOD IS LOVE’ COMMERCIAL
Ever seen one of Monsanto’s numerous commercials, touting its commitment to the planet and its inhabitants? The company’s most recent attempt to shed negative public perception of its operations comes in the form of yet again another commercial.
“Food is love,” the advertisement says, playing the same sort of ethereal music that might be found in a Johnson & Johnson commercial. If applying toxic lotions/soaps on the surface of a baby’s skin (its protective barrier) is an absolute no, then consuming genetically modified, pesticide-ridden baby food should also be an absolute no. The same goes for the rest of us. The commercial continues on to suggest Monsanto cares for the planet and “it’s how we take care of people we’ll never meet.” Poisoning our environment and its living creatures doesn’t seem like care.
GMOS AND CANCER LINK
Mark Bittman for The New York Times discusses the recent acknowledgement by the International Agency for Research on Cancer that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used herbicide Roundup, likely causes cancer in humans. In his op-ed, Bittman delves into the major, life-threatening concerns associated with GMOs, recognizing that Monsanto has made billions off of this potential carcinogen.
Billions of lives are at risk while billions of dollars continue to be racked in. We need preventative measures. We can no longer wait for disaster to strike to come up with a possible solution. We need proper labeling, thorough independent research, and a ban against harmful chemicals in food that is meant to be our source of life.