How Did The Anti-GMO Movement Start

The anti-GMO movement is the new thing in health foods and supplements everywhere. It seems that no one wants a supplement that has anything to do with GMO, this article gives you all that you need to know about the key points in the history of the anti-G.M.O movement, how it started, and how it developed into what it is today.

Humble Beginnings

The Anti GMO movement started in the mid 90’s by a man called Mark Lynas. He publicly spoke out against the use of GMO foods, and addressed the dangers that it can cause on human and environmental health. This sparked a huge public interest in the subject, and many wanted the foods taken off the shelves.

The Non-GMO Project

In 2005, two stores founded the Non-GMO project: The Natural Grocery Company in California and The Big Carrot Natural Food Market in Ontario. It is a non-profit organization that aims to force producers and manufacturing their goods with labels that clearly state that their products are GMO produced or not.

The Butterfly

In 2007 the Non-GMO Project began to spread its influence towards representatives within the farming industry, consumers, retailers, and farmers themselves. This build The Project a reputation among farming communities and around the country and in 2010 the symbol of The Butterfly became the symbol of non-GMO foods on packaging labels for those who wished to show that their food was naturally formed. This however was not law, but it did make the produce a lot more popular.

Bt Toxin in Pregnant Women

Between 2010 and 2012, there were a huge number of hearings and studies performed by the FDA and the USDA that looked into the dangers of some growth hormones and proteins that were present in GMO foods, which were thought to be extremely harmful.

In May of 2011, a study highlighted the presence of Bt Toxin in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn babies, which could have hugely detrimental effects that we were not yet even aware of.

Just Label it and Proposition 37

Early in 2012, a petition named Just Label It began to gain speed, and more than one million people signed the petition that called for the mandatory labelling of GMO foods. This brought on the Proposition 37 vote later that year, which allowed California to vote whether they wanted GMO labelling or not; but the staggering 353,657 votes were overturned by the $45,600,000 that companies raised to prevent the bill from passing.

Changing Laws

In 2013, Whole Foods promised that they would only stock GMO-free foods so that people had a place they could shop where they felt that their food would be safe and responsibly produced. Later in the year, four states all voted to bring GMO labelling to foods:

  • Connecticut,
  • Washington,
  • Vermont
  • Colorado and Oregon

Do We Need GMOs?

This year, however, there has been a huge controversy. The original founder of the non-GMO movement, Mark Lynas, has recently recounted his position of GMO foods, and even apologised for the things that he said. He said, in a piece for The Times, that we all need this technology and that we must not let the green-movement stand in the way.

The non-GMO movement has had a powerful influence in our society, and has grown a high popularity with health food advocates everywhere. However, with the fast growing technology of the farming industry, it is hard to know where the future of the movement will advance.

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