With all the controversy over GMO (genetically modified organism) products, Mayor Billy Kenoi has signed into law bill 113 which states that biotech companies are now prohibited from operating on the “Big Island” and that ALL FARMERS are banned from growing any new genetically altered crops.
So, how do we determine for ourselves if GMO products are safe or dangerous? Research is available that will prove BOTH SIDES of this controversy. What should the consumer do if their time is limited, but are concerned about the possible health consequences relating to this issue?
I recommend asking yourself three questions.
- How much do the corporations and government behind the projects have to gain financially and politically from the production of GMO products?
- If they are truly safe, why don’t the manufacturers that use GMO ingredients include this information on the packaging? Are you not entitled to know if the foods you purchase are made from GMO products or not?
- What are the possible health implications if I consume these products? You need to remember that DDT (a pesticide that ultimately caused enough environmental damage to mandate a banning of its use in the US in 1972) was also deemed SAFE by the government. I have attached a short video at the end of this article demonstrating how DDT was used DIRECTLY ON CHILDREN before this banning.
Over 26 countries including Japan, New Zealand, Austria Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland and Russia have banned GMO’s or some form of cultivation and selling of GMO products. In California, the counties of Mendocino successfully banned GMO and Hawaii’s Big Island has joined the pack. Are all of these countries wrong, or is it possible that our governmental regulatory agencies aren’t doing their job!
Businesses are entitled to profit and should be encouraged to do so in a capitalistic environment, but NEVER at the expense and sanctity of human life.
Please let me know your feelings and thoughts about this topic. Your contributing ideas and questions will help others learn about GMOs and prevent all of us from blindly accepting the current reality. Thank you for your participation.