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8 Steps to Take Action Against Genetically Modified Organisms in Food: No More GMOs

Updated on April 1, 2015
Many countries around the world already have taken action against GMOs. In the United States, legislation is beginning to gain momentum in states like California and Vermont.
Many countries around the world already have taken action against GMOs. In the United States, legislation is beginning to gain momentum in states like California and Vermont.

Why Take Action Against GMOs

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food products, also known as genetically modified (GM) or genetically engineered (GE) foods, are everywhere!

  • The dangers of eating genetically modified foods, such as corn or soy, have been published in scientific studies around the world.
  • You are unknowingly eating GMOs. Food products are not labeled to tell you that the ingredients have been genetically modified.
  • Long-term safety testing has not been done to show that altering the DNA of a plant with DNA from humans, insects or viruses (among other sources) is safe.
  • Many government officials that claim that GMOs are safe for us to eat are former employees and/or are invested in those corporations that supply the world with genetically modified seeds and the chemicals that treat those crops (i.e. Monsanto).
  • Our children are the first generation to grow up eating genetically modified foods.
  • Nearly 50 countries have already stood up to demand labeling of GM foods and have succeeded.

Decide if you are willing to be a guinea pig in an uncontrolled GMO food experiment that is today's food industry.
Decide if you are willing to be a guinea pig in an uncontrolled GMO food experiment that is today's food industry. | Source

TO BE or NOT TO BE a Guinea Pig

There are certainly some people that don't feel that the evidence linking GMOs to disease and death in animals in scientific research is significant. Those people can continue eating GMOs if they would like to.

But if we don't want to be guinea pigs in this uncontrolled GMO experiment, then as consumers, we need to take action. The good news is there are a few simple steps we can take to make change happen.

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Step 1: Tell FDA to Label GMOs

As consumers, we have the right to know what we are eating. As individuals, we have the right to make choices. Labeling genetically modified products would let everyone take their vote on the issue: those that feel comfortable being the guinea pigs, and those that don't. Give your unique opinion in the comments section.

Use your purchasing power to vote for quality food.
Use your purchasing power to vote for quality food. | Source

Step 2: Vote With Your Wallet

It's estimated that if about 5% of U.S. consumers decide to buy non-GMO foods, this would be enough to tip the scales and show the food industry that non-GMO products are in real demand.

Find out how to choose non-GMO foods.

Step 3: Make A Fun Financial Contribution

Download this Angry Bird style game called GMO Busters. Proceeds go to help ensure the safety of food for California families and children. This is a first step in getting legislation approved across the U.S.

Step 4: Send Letters

Click on the following website for links to form letters you can use explaining the GMO issue to suppliers, grocery stores and restaurants.

Step 5: Join Tipping Point Network

Join at the following link as a non-GMO shopper, a financial contributor or as an advocate. They provide resources and training to get involved in your community.

New information is published daily on GMO research and initiatives around the world to label GM foods.
New information is published daily on GMO research and initiatives around the world to label GM foods. | Source

Step 6: Keep Up To Date With GMO News

Keep yourself updated on genetically modified food issues by signing up for newsletters.

Make a difference by signing a petition.
Make a difference by signing a petition. | Source

Step 7: Sign More Petitions

  • As time goes on, more U.S. States are beginning their own GMO labeling initiatives. Some are currently gathering signatures (anyone can sign) and others are looking for endorsements and volunteers. Check out the Right to Know GMO movements for California, Vermont, Connecticut and Oregon.

Step 8: Share This Information

Share this article with everyone you know. Like it or Tweet it at the top of the article or forward the link by email. Each person can make a difference and the more people know, the better chance we have at change.

Other Articles on GMOs

Refer to these other articles for more on GMOs.

What Else Can We Do?

The Campaign for Healthier Eating provides a book written by Jeffrey Smith called Seeds of Deception. The book describes the situation and all the steps to take to avoid GMOs.

Disclaimer: Note that this website portrays my opinion. I want to help others consider a new or different view. Any action taken based on these opinions is the responsibility of the reader.

Copyright © 2015 Melis Ann
Original content written by Melis Ann published only on HubPages at the following web address: http://melisann.hubpages.com/hub/No-More-GMOs-Take-Action


Take Action Now!

If every consumer took a few simple steps to avoid Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food products, we would be supporting companies and products that use quality ingredients and support quality agriculture. Consumer power would also send a strong message to businesses that insist on selling sub-quality food products. The dangers of eating GMOs are being discovered, the depths of which are yet to be understood. While using our powers as consumers we can also make our voices heard with letters and petitions. Each of us can help make a change.

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      Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      That's great chefsref. I'm glad we are working together to get the word out about avoiding GMO's.

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      Lee Raynor 4 years ago from Citra Florida

      Hey Melis Ann

      I added a link to this Hub in my own Hub about GMO foods

      Our Future of Genetically Engineered Food

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      Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Nature Nat ~ thanks for taking action against GMOs! We need as many voices involved as possible to keep GMOs out of our food.

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      Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      GenerationWKshop ~ so glad you found this hub on avoiding GMOs organized in a way you felt it was simple to follow and act upon.

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      Natalie 4 years ago from Luton

      Thx great hub, will action Immediately....keep up the good work

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      Jasmin Vazquez 4 years ago from Poughkeepsie, New York

      Thanks Melis Ann! Not only did you address the problem in a simple way, but you provided links so I can become involved and inform others. Please continue to publish these kinds of hubs; the online community needs to get invested in these problems.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Robert ~ So very true. To really support change for the better, we all have to vote with our wallets. It is such a powerful tool. Too many times people don't realize the link in buying the cheapest products (especially food) and the downward spiral food quality is taking.

      d.william ~ I'd never turn down the title of Queen:) Thanks for the links. You, WTS and I are all on the same page trying to get to the same end result with GMOs. The more we help each other get the word out, the better.

      Cheers!

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      d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Wow. i just dubbed Wesman Todd Shaw the "KING" for his anti Monsanto article. I now dub you the "QUEEN". Amazing job. Keep up your good work, mine are rather subdued compared to the two of you. I will link your hub to all of mine that are appropriate right along with W.T.S.'s.

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      These are all great points. I especially like "voting with your wallet". I think too many people say they hate losing jobs, but then they purchase the cheapest items at Walmart.

      Great advice. Voted up and shared!

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Thanks Flickr ~ just heard today that 1 million people have signed the Just Label It petition!

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      It certainly seems obvious that we should be labeling everything and that food should not be GMO at all! Thanks for your comment electricpros.

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      electricpros 5 years ago

      All food should be labeled with exactly what is in them and no food source should be GMO in the first place. Third world countries wont even allow GMOs why do we?

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Appreciate the SHARE Brett. The issue of GMOs and how to take action against them in the food supply is one that needs to reach as many people as possible.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Good hub. This is becoming a huge problem, especially as many companies do not disclaim if the food is modified, or hide it is extremely small print.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      That's great B. Leekley. I hope more people can give this movement more momentum!

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I shared and bookmarked this hub.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Thanks Wesman and dBrian! Everyone's opinion really can make a difference here.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I never stop signing those kinds of petitions. Thanks for spreading more awareness on this important issue!

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      dBrian 5 years ago

      I signed the petitions, this is a great hub!