One never knows what the day will bring when going in to San Francisco. We were in to meet friends for lunch yesterday. A stroll up Market Street afterwards, made us quickly aware that something was brewing.
At this point we began to hear the crowd of protesters marching up the street, and it was then we found out about the march against Monsanto, the largest manufacturer of genetically modified organisms (GMO). The DNA of a GMO is mixed with that of other plants, animals, bacteria or viruses. These combinations do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding. The companies that make GMO foods claim they achieve longer lasting products or crops resistant to pests; however, the GMOs are linked to cancer and other illnesses.
Monsanto receives government subsidies, and is reported to not test its products long term. 80% of conventional processed foods contain GMOs. Over 60 countries ban, limit, or label GMOs due to safety and ecological concerns. The U.S. does not.
It is something to think about when selecting our foods.
For another post on this subject from another part of the globe, click here, for Bob R’s post. There were marches against Monsanto in many countries yesterday.
The information on Monsanto and GMOs I’ve given here is from a leaflet handed out to the crowd yesterday by organizers of the march. For more detailed reporting, please research online.