Thursday, December 6, 2012

Smart Shopping and Grass Roots Activism Encouraged at GMO Free Director's College Event

We had a fantastic turnout for the showing of last night's documentary film, Genetic Roulette. As many of our audience members attested, people generally do not know what the harmful effects of GMOs are nor how much they infiltrate our food supply -- as stated in the movie, these organisms are in upwards of 70% of what we eat, leading to an alleged increase in widespread illness and food allergies in our country and abroad.

GMO stands for "genetically modified organism" and is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. According to the Institute for Responsible Technology, "Genetically modified foods have been linked to toxic and allergic reactions, sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals. The effects on humans of consuming these new combinations of proteins produced in GMOs are unknown and have not been studied." But there is enough emerging evidence to concern scientists and to make the information in Genetic Roulette very powerful, eye-opening, and disturbing.

There are a number of organizations around the country working to educate the public and organize a movement to institute measures to protect the consumer, including the proposal of a labeling law that has so far been defeated in the nineteen states that have proposed it. (Connecticut's own attempt was defeated in Spring 2012, but organizations such as GMO Free CT, and GMO Free Hartford are still working with legislators on education and awareness.)

In attendance last night were state rep Brian Becker and state rep-elect Mike Demicco, both of whom encouraged members of the audience to contact their legislators with their concerns on this issue as well as to spread the word amongst their friends, neighbors, and colleagues on the importance of it and the information shared in the film. 

Members from GMO Free CT were also in attendance, offering information on how consumers can protect themselves from GMO-infused foods by choosing organic options or brands whose products are GMO-free.  For a list of these companies and products, follow this link.

The following links also offer information on this important topic as well as ways you can get involved:

Institute for Responsible Technology

Non-GMO Shopping Guide

Non-GMO Project

GMO Free CT on Facebook

GMO Free Hartford on Facebook

GMO Free USA on Facebook