Why are GMO's so important?
The tens of millions of dollars spent by corporations lobbying against the labeling of genetically modified foods was surprising to many people. They had not realized that GMO's now dominate our food marketplace and that most mega corporate food processors, producers and farmers are 100% in. GMO's are now an example of the incestuousness and endemic corruption of our economic systems. There should be no doubt that a consumer (let alone the citizens of a democracy) has the right to know what is in their food, but the most powerful forces in our nation have determined otherwise.
Almost all of our processed foods contain genetically modified ingredients. If GMO labeling were required, the food industry manufacturers would have to admit to their contents. People would make their choices and it just might give an advantage to organic and non-GMO food products, which would make our country healthier, which is certainly not a priority for our food or agriculture industries.
If labeling were required, the obscene excesses of genetically modified corn and soy that are produced each year by our dysfunctional monoculture agriculture system would diminish. These products are unnaturally cheap, because they are not wanted or needed. We have too much high fructose corn syrup, too much modified soy protein, which is why it finds its way into every food product imaginable. The low prices for these excesses of unwanted ingredients pushes out more healthy and wholesome ingredients, which have reasonable costs, but can't compete with the massive amounts of cheap, inferior product on the market.
Corn ethanol even finds its way into our gas tanks, where it yields no savings in energy whatsoever. Rather, it represents the degradation of our soil resources and the use of massive amounts of herbicides and pesticides - with no compensating benefit and a horrendous disrespect for farmers and farming.
The battle over GMO's represents the dominance of an oligarchy that has no concern about our health, no concern about our consent to what we eat, no respect for our rights as citizens and ONLY the rights of elite corporations to control every aspect of our lives, including what we eat, what products enter our bodies and effect us in countless ways. It all started with the patenting of seeds that were modified to make them less vulnerable to the commercial poison that Monsanto named "Roundup." This created a huge new market for their herbicides around the world, although not sustainable in the long term because of resistant weeds that are already here.
These greedy jackals, hiding behind the skirts of "free enterprise" are manipulating government and consumer markets through deceit, corruption and bullying. They deny us the right to intelligently choose what products we purchase and what we feed to our children. This has gone too far. The risks we take should be OUR choice, not the choice of a corporate cabal that owns seats in Congress and has full access to the FDA.
It is common knowledge, now, agreed to by even the FDA and the Corporate Nonprofits, that processed foods are bad for us, anyway. We know that these companies are exploiting our natural, genetic, desires for fat, salt and sweet. This is how we are made, and what allowed us to survive for hundreds of thousands of years. Now, they make patsies out of us by giving us dangerous levels of sweeteners, fats and salt; because of our bought Congress, there are no adults watching this system - no one to insist that our foods be wholesome and healthy.
We are paying a high price for our out-of-control, conspiratorial food system, which is endangering our health and the food supplies of the entire world. The issue we need to address first is at the core of the corrupt economic system that prevents competition and keeps everyone ignorant of its workings. This system is began hoping to feel the world, but economic interests have captured it and things have gone terribly wrong - GMO's.