Ryan and I just finished watching our third "Food" movie. The first two were Fresh and Food, Inc, which solidified our resolve to eat locally grown, organic foods and introduced us to the concept of GM foods--genetically modified foods. Tonight, we watched an older film (2004), The Future of Food.
Essentially, the Monsanto corporation, known as the producer of Agent Orange and other pesticides, has decided to inject genetically modified e-coli bacteria into foods to make them resistant to the Round Up pesticides that they produce. Then, they took out a patent on those foods, the most prominent of which are corn, soy, cotton, and canola. So, when the pollen from their GMO corn is blown on the wind into another farmer's field, that farmer's crop now belongs to Monsanto. Monsanto sues the farmer to either force him out of business or force him to use their seed.
The GM foods are outlawed in several countries around the world, and many countries won't even accept crops shipped from the US. Yet, our government continues to claim that these foods are not any different from other foods and does not require any research or regulation of them. Unfortunately, once the GM crops are introduced, it is almost impossible to get them out. Unless we eliminate these crops entirely and start fresh while we still have good seed, that is.
Not only is it imperative that we stop the GM foods from entering our bodies, but we need to let the government know that we do not want GM foods. Essentially, we need to work together to fight Monsanto and educate consumers in the US.
You can watch the Future of Food for free here: http://www.thefutureoffood.com/onlinevideo.html
I also joined the Center for Food Saftey here: http://truefoodnow.org/ If you click on the Action links to the right, you can send pre-composed e-mails to your elected officials.
Get informed. Buy local. Buy organic. Tell others. Together we can make a difference!