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.

Anti GMO Groups

Stop GMO SignThe idea of genetically modifying foods has been around since 1994; and even though science declared them safe, a lot of people still oppose them.

There is this fear it creates in people that they destroy the environment and will eventually affect your health in the long run. This gave birth to anti-GMO groups.

Anti-GMO groups are all over the world, one at least in each state in the US.

They stand against GMOs by creating disputes and moving for the labeling of genetically modified foods.

They have set up so many Facebook pages to connect with each other easily. One company that has been in the middle of the fight against GMOs is Monsanto, one of the world’s largest agricultural company and seed producers.

Here are some examples of these anti GMO groups:

The Cornucopia Institutes

A non-profit organization headquartered in Wisconsin. They research and investigate food and agricultural issues. They have exposed factory farming conditions at facilities that produce organic eggs and confined thousands of eggs per building that has poor outdoor access.

Food and Water Watch

A non-governmental organization based in Washington. D. C. They are a consumer rights group that focuses on the accountability of the Government and corporate bodies when it comes to fishing, food and water. They were founded in the year 2005. They are known mostly for their campaign against Monsanto’s roundup.

Organic Consumers Association

Normally known as OCA, the Organic Consumers Association is an online non-profit and public interest organization. They campaign for health, sustainability and justice. Founded in the year 1998; they were involved in the campaign against Monsanto tagged Millions against Monsanto which was started in the mid-90s.

The Non-GMO Project

They are a non-profit anti-GMO organization which aims to enlighten consumers about GMOs and heir effects on their health. They were founded in the year 2005. They produce verified ingredients for consumers who don’t want GMO products.

Center for Food Safety

A non-profit environmental organization located in Washington. D. C. It was founded in 1997. In September 2011, attorneys at center for food and safety wrote a legal petition seeking the labeling of GMfoods. The believed that people have every right to know what the food they eat contains. 180 days later, the petition had received more than 1 million supports from Americans.

People and organizations that go against GMO consumption:

The campaign against GM foods has been spear-headed by big names right from the start.

  • People like Jeffery M. Smith, Oprah, Bill Maher and Dr. Oz have all driven the public perception to the harms that can be caused by consuming these foods.
  • Organizations like Greenpeace (an organization of organic consumers) and the Union of Concerned Scientists also kick against consumption of GMO.
  • Various religious and environmental groups like Friends of the earth, GMWatch and also, The Institute of Science in the Society have all opposed GMOs

Here are some of the many concerns of the anti-GMO groups. They are studies that clearly states why GMOs shouldn’t be consumed and why the anti-GMO groups stand up to them:

  • GMO toxins (pesticides) have been detected in maternal, fetal and non-pregnant women’s blood through a research carried out in Canada. This research is the first of its kind.
  • The DNA used in making these crops is transferable into the humans who take them. A study carried out by the Public Library of Science.
  • GMOs have been linked to Gluten disorders which affects over 18 million Americans by new studies.
  • Rat tumors has been linked to genetically modified Corn by recent study
  • Study shows Glyphosate induces Breast cancer cell growths through estrogen receptors. Glyphosate can be an endocrine disruptor, which are chemicals that can cause cancer tumors, birth defects etc.
  • Glyphosate has been linked to birth malformations, especially Monsanto’s glyphosate.
  • Glyphosates has been linked to Parkinson’s, Autism, and Alzheimer’s
  • Ill humans have greater levels of glyphosate than healthy humans.
  • The risk assessment of GMOs is shallow and is based on little evidence scientifically. It is believed that the risk assessment is not systematic.

Although these beliefs have been criticized greatly as not credible, a lot of countries have banned GMOs completely over the years and this action is for a reason. Truthfully, we know very little about GMOs to just deem them okay for consumption. Studies and researches needs to be carried out and on a long period of time before conclusions are to be made. These are what the anti-GMO groups stand for.