GMO Labeling — From a Graphical Perspective : Renegade Health Exclusive Article

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Perfect timing…

I came across this infographic this morning after publishing my GMO labeling article yesterday. (Synchronicity?)

I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of infographics and I think this one could be more detailed, but it’s a good visual for those what want to “see” information.

(If you want really good infographics, go to the masters here)

I’ll have some comments that follow…

GMO-labeling-Infographic

Here are some thoughts about this graphic as well as clarification on the multiple GMO advocacy groups…

1. Just Label it and the Label GMO Campaign are different.

A reader asked this question on the blog and it has been my biggest concern from the beginning. People are confused about the two. I would be too if I wasn’t involved at all — or was hearing this for the first time.

The label GMO campaign in California is a real-time, possibly one-time shot to get food GE food labeled. Signatures are being collected now and with a little hard work, the people of the state of California will vote on it in November. (We need your help! Click here…)

Just Label It is different. As of now, their campaign is a petition that anyone can sign to tell the FDA to label GMO foods.

While their mission is similar, they’re doing completely different things.

Initially, I spoke to a few people involved with the California campaign warning them that the two organizations have to get together — because people were getting confused. Apparently, they didn’t speak and people are getting confused.

I’m even contributing it, because I’m using the Just Label It infographic to get people to support LabelGMOs.org, LOL!

Anyway, they’re both doing good things — but — the energy and support need to be in California right now because this is time-sensitive. The Just Label It campaign can wait 4 weeks — which is the deadline to get the necessary signatures to put the GMO labeling law on the California ballot.

2. It’s not enough…

I think the infographic is too basic. There are many more studies and details that make a stronger case against GMO foods. Intestine and organ disruption in animals, death of cattle feeding on GMO crops after harvest, and pesticide producing bacteria in the human digestive system are all items that could make this graphic more powerful.

The star of the show here is the big old salmon — and while I think GE animals have no place on our planet — I think people react stronger and with more opposition if you tell them their gut might turn into a mini pesticide factory.

Just a thought.

3. Do 92% of people really say they want genetically engineered foods labeled?

Look, I’m 110% for the labeling of GMO foods. I just don’t believe this statistic.

Who are these people being surveyed? If they’re Renegade Health readers, then sure, I understand the stat. But if they’re not, I can’t trust it.

We’ve been around the country logging more than 40,000 miles in our RV. I’m willing to bet that 50% of the people interested in health — who were even at our talks — aren’t fully aware of what GMO means.

Knowing that those who attend lectures about health are a very small subset of the population, it’s hard to even think this statistic of 92% is relevant at all.

What’s much more likely is that 92% of all Americans have no idea what GMO foods are.

I wonder what question the survey administering company asked and how it was worded to get this incredibly large percentage of people to say they wanted labeling.

Regardless, I’m not here to argue accuracy or doubt the real reasons why this is important, I just know if the statistics are unbelievable (and not explained), then the organizations who promote them lose a little credibility.

That doesn’t help the larger picture, which is a real, tangible GMO labeling law on the books — in California first, then across all 50 states.

Your Question of the Day: What’s the main reason you want GMO foods labeled?

Live Awesome!
Kev

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. Great point! Remember all sides have equal say on this.

  2. Sandra says:

    It is essential for our health and well being, that all the states in our union require GMO labeling. Unfortunately, the FDA is in everyone’s very deep pockets! We have to pass laws.

    Vashon, WA.

  3. Walter Smith says:

    I live in Canada, and I would like to know if the food I am buying ( from anywhere ) is GMO food.

  4. Sylvia says:

    That the labeling of GMO products is even an issue somehow reminds me of the old scifi movie “Soylent Green”.

  5. I’m 100% against GMOs and only eat organic to avoid them. Even I didn’t know that GMOs cause “pesticide producing bacteria in the human digestive system”. Do you have more info on that? I’d like to research and share. Also, are there ways to repair our systems from the effects of GMOs? I’d been eating them up until last year when I was educated about them. Thank you!

  6. Michael says:

    You are what you eat! I value my DNA! The frequency at which my cells function is my right to control. I enjoy the way I feel being GE/GMO free.

    Its a challenge (mostly when traveling) but well worth the effort. I am not apposed to knowledge or education. Labels with information are helpful.

    And in the end its not about me its about my children and my friends and their children. Anything that saves us time and energy when shopping. Allows me to use that time and energy to invest in my family – my community.

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