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We should care about GMOs, says Akron resident

5/2/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

You are what you eat! A slogan we often hear from promoters of health and good nutrition, taunting us to eat our fruits and veggies. But when it comes to the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our foods, the industry is saying “just eat what we grow for you!” In fact, large investors in the seed industry are saying it is not only safe for them to meddle in our food chain, but that we should sit idly by and let them do it.

So while we have a right to know what additives are added to our soda, what preservatives are added to our bread and how much sugar is dumped into our cereal, we have no right to know what is added to our fresh fruits and vegetables … even though recent research suggests that GMOs in our food supply have been linked to the introduction of new allergens and viruses into our food chain. Further, the safety of using GMOs in food production is still being debated, and the negative effects on our global environment continue to be scrutinized.

So who cares whether the debate over the safety of genetically modified organisms is still going on or not? We, as American consumers, should care! Who has the right to know what is in the food we choose to buy and eat? We do — right? Shouldn’t we, as consumers, demand the right to know? I say, absolutely! Instead, the mighty stakeholders in the seed and large farming industry would prefer to keep consumers ignorant! Perhaps they believe that consumers should learn to eat whatever is put before them, without a question asked.

Shamefully, we could learn to ignore the fact that we are indeed a product of what we eat! So with farmer’s market season just around the corner, educate yourself on the issue and demand to know whether or not your produce contains GMOs before you buy. And remember, just because it comes from the farm does not mean it is GMO-free.

Evelyn Williams, West Akron

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