(Closed) Do you want to know if your food is GMO?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Do you want GMO labels on the foods you purchase?
    I am strongly for GMO labels : (39 votes)
    57 %
    I would somewhat like to have GMO labels : (6 votes)
    9 %
    I don't care whether or not there are GMO labels : (22 votes)
    32 %
    I would somewhat dislike having GMO labels : (0 votes)
    I am strongly against GMO labels : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 17
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I believe that in a democratic society we should have as much access to information as possible so that we can make our own informed decisions, and if you don’t want to consider that information in making your decision, then you don’t haev to, but those of us who want that information should be able to get it. This is our own money we’re spending and we can’t “vote with our pocketbooks” if we don’t know the choice we’re making.

    Post # 20
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think that there are fews things more important than what we put in our mouths, so yes- I am for anything that will further educate about this.

    Post # 22
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    GMO foods are very broad, and I don’t think sticking a label one them will allow people make more informed decisions.

    If the label contains useful information, then I’m for it.  Just slapping a GMO/non-GMO label? No.

    Post # 23
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    @AB Bride:  Perhaps you may have a point with highly processed food, but not with whole foods or simple processed foods (like bread). I can make an informed decision about the apples I buy based on GMO vs. non-GMO.

    Post # 25
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    Busy bee
    Post # 26
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I am strongly against GMOs and all the other crap they put in our so called “food”. I think there should be labels on GMO foods. Give us a choice!

    Who knows, in twenty years we could have genetically modified children because of these genetically modified foods.. Just doesn’t seem right. Why mess with something that is already good? I buy local and organic as much as possible!

    Post # 27
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Post # 28
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    YES YES YES.

    Corn, soy, and wheat are huge GMO products. Sorry, but I don’t really want to eat corn that makes its own chemical pesticide. : The only way to avoid these is to buy certified organic foods and check your labels.  

    I will say that I had a guy call my old job (greenhouse that sold organic herbs and veg plants) and LAUGH at me when I told him that no, our products are not Groomsmen because they’re organically certified and, therefore, cannot be. Um, it says right on the front page of the USDA organic page that they cannot be Groomsmen. Rude.

    Post # 29
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    @Annabelle86:  I’m very confused about the little “btw” at the bottom. Organic producers CANNOT use GMO seed. Testing is not required at this time, to my knowledge, but certifiers CAN come in and do it. I don’t believe there is any kind of testing of non-organic crops, because honestly, at this point, most of them are GMO.

    Directly from the NOP (National Organic Program) – 

    “The NOP regulations prohibit the use of excluded methods (i.e., “GMOs”) in organic operations.” source page 7. 

    If you really want to avoid GMO, organic is going to be your best option, though even that is likely to have a small amount of contamination due to pollination and cross-contamination. It’s a huge issue in the organic industry because we can’t control it, though we want to. We can put in buffer zones and delay planting, but short of putting a bubble over our crops, we can’t 100% keep out GMOs. And that’s what’s scary to me – over time it will all be co-mingled and there won’t be a choice of whether or not we want it. 

    And if they do more long-term studies and discover (more) unpleasant medical effects, we’ll have no way to go back. 

    Post # 30
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Sadly, thats what I thought until I looked it up, the problem isnt that they purposefully use GMO, but that the cross contamination is such a problem.

    http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1599110,00.html

    http://farmwars.info/?p=5426  The second one talks about how testing isnt required for an organic label, so the possibility of farmers using seed that has been cross-pollinated with GMOs is there.

    Post # 31
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    @Annabelle86:  I said the contamination is a big issue in the organic industry. But my point is that any non-organic product would be worse. If you aren’t organic, you aren’t required to delay planting, clean down machinery coming onto your property, buy certified seed, or put in buffer zones. There are no requirements making you take reasonable measures to avoid contamination. When you look at that graph and it says 88% of US corn is GMO….that means there isn’t much out there that isn’t

    I actually think this is why labeling has been slow to catch on. It would be slim to none that you could find much food that is 100% free of contamination.

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