Keeping ourselves from harm in today's chemically-overloaded world is one of the greater challenges we face. The more I read the news, the more I want to keep myself and others educated on these issues.
For example, how do the decisions of our government effect the environment, thus, our health? For this reason, everyone should be aware of the Monsanto Protection Act and what it will mean for the people around them.
In short, Monsanto is a multinational corporation that manufactures genetically modified food. The company owns over 90% of patents on genetically engineered seeds, which means it more or less controls the mainstream food supply worldwide.
In the European Parliament next Monday Regulation on Plant Reproductive Material will be proposed to the EU Commissioners. If the EU will approve of this, Europe basically allows Monsanto to exist above the law, since genetically modified seeds will be protected from any litigation involving health risks.
Now you wonder; why should I be concerned about lawsuits involving health risks, considering you don't (think) you are buying “Monsanto-frosties” for breakfast..
The bad news is, Monsanto's genetically engineered corn, soy, wheat and beet crops by now have infiltrated the entire food system. You could be eating their products every day and not realize it.
One of the many great hazards to GMO’s are the possibility that bacteria in our guts could pick up antibiotic-resistant genes found in many GM foodstuffs... Basically exacerbating the spread of disease-causing bacteria that are able to withstand our antibiotics.
Beyond this scary potential harm to human health, there are also serious ecological effects we can't ignore, as the patenting of seeds. Traditionally, farmers around the world have saved seeds in order to cultivate a variety of strands to help maintain bio-diversity. Monsanto now forces farmers to use one seed that kills itself so it cannot be used the next season, and therefore the farmers have to purchase new seed annually...
Yet, there are ways for us to try and prevent this. I know organic food is terribly expensive, but that is because organic farmers don't receive the subsidies that GM farmers do. How you spend your money will dictate where the market will start to lean. Supporting local farmers and getting involved with Community Supported Agriculture will keep your costs down, and the more people who buy food grown without GMOs, the more companies will move in that direction.
Also Tami Monroe Canal, creator or the now viral Facebook page March Against Monsanto, says she was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “I feel Monsanto threatens their generations health, fertility and longevity. I could’nt sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something.”
By participating in this march, we urge the European Patent Council to outlaw Monsanto’s patents on seeds in the European Union. Then maybe other countries, such as the United States, will follow suit. Our health depends on it.