Volunteers are needed to test a new food technology. Volunteers will continue their lives as normal but their regular food will be substituted with modified versions. Volunteers will not be able to tell the difference and won’t know which foods have been substituted. The effects of these foods on humans is unknown, but early results from animal tests indicate abnormalities which could result in various fatal and non fatal maladies. For their involvement in this testing program, volunteers will receive absolutely no remuneration and any health complications will be paid for by their own medical aid or by taxpayers through government funded medical facilities.
Doesn’t sound very appealing does it? Can’t imagine too many people would volunteer for this kind of testing program. The scary thing is that you are already a volunteer and there is very little you can do about it. How does that make you feel? If you’re anything like me, it should make you feel very angry. What gives giant corporations the right to carry out human testing of their products on us without asking our permission? Surely we should have a choice in something as serious as this? Surely this is a violation of our human rights?
You may be wondering what I am referring to, and the answer to that is:
Gentically Modified Foods. These foods have not been through any long term testing to determine if they have any detrimental effects on humans and yet we are already eating them every day. Most maize and soy in this country are genetically modified. Eat a mielie or some pap. Grab a packet of Doritos or Niknaks and have a happy GM day. Drink some soy milk, eat some tofu or consume one of the many soy based vegetarian products available, and have a happy GM day.
Tests that have been done on animals have shown some serious problems caused by the consumption of GM foods. If you’re ever curious about why there has been such an increase in cancer, allergies and other medical conditions in the last few years, I can tell you for free that there is a very likely culprit in genetically modified foods.
Let’s ignore for the moment the debate about the danger of GM foods and focus on one thing: My right as an individual to know what I am eating and decide what I want to eat. Whether GM foods are bad for you or not, is not the point. The point is why do I not have a choice? GM foods should be labelled so that I can make an informed choice about what I consume.
So why aren’t GM foods labelled? Because surveys indicate that the majority of people will choose not to eat them and the biotech companies can’t have that. The biotech companies spend billions ensuring that labelling legislation never becomes law. Do you know that our recently introduced consumer protection bill originally included regulations for GM labelling but the biotech industry had them removed.
The only way you can extract yourself from this involuntary testing program is to eat organic or non-GM cottonseed oil, maize and soy. Educate yourself about what’s going on. Tell people about it and hopefully we as consumers can rid the earth of this evil. Even if you do this, as a taxpayer you are still funding the medical costs of this trial.
See this website for info on a campaign to introduce GM labelling regulation http://www.safeage.org
There is also going to be a presentation by Prof. Chris Viljoen from the GMO testing facility of the University of the Free State entitled “Genetically Modified Crops: What do we absolutely know about them? Labelling, safety, hunger relief and other myths”
The event will take place at the Cape Town Medi Spa in Kloof Street on Wednesday 28th November, 2007 at 6:00pm for 6:30pm. Tickets are R75 and include snacks & organic wine.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 021-447-8445. Please include your contactable phone number when emailing your RSVP.
Read my other posts on GM foods
Take 10 minutes to fill out the Pick ‘n Pay survey and tell them you want your food labelled, click here.