Thought for Food: A Special Section on Genetically Engineered Foods

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Thought for Food: A Special Section on Genetically Engineered Foods


Shiva, Vandana, Earth Island Journal


Genetically engineered foods have become the site for testing democracy and truth.

Across the world, consumers want to exercise their freedom to choose and their right to make an informed choice. Mandatory labeling laws are therefore a non-negotiable element of the democratic rights of free citizens of free societies.

The attempt of the biotech industry to shift to voluntary labeling is in fact a recognition on their part that they are pushing a product on consumers which consumers do not want. They cannot sell GM foods in a genuinely "free-market" based on the right to know and freedom of choice of consumers but need to create a coercive market to force their unwanted products on unknowing consumers.

GMOs were supposed to be the miracle cure for hunger. However, the two products that have spread are herbicide resistant and Bt crops. Neither of these GM traits are about increasing yields. Both increase the need for chemicals since they create super weeds and super pests. They destroy biodiversity through genetic pollution. …

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