GMO Soybeans: Growers Pushing For Federal GMO Labeling Law

GMO soybeans allegedly contain more of the toxic glyphosate chemical than traditionally grown soybeans. The American Soybean Association is pressuring Congress to pass a federal GMO labeling law. The same recently group joined efforts with newly formed a coalition for safe affordable food to push the movement forward.

The GMO soybeans and labeling activists want the federal government to create a nationwide genetically modified food labeling law to advance food safety, to offer GMO notification consistency, and to better inform consumers.

An excerpt from the GMO labeling proposal:

“The American Soybean Association [ASA] announced on Feb. 6 that it is a member of the newly formed Coalition for Safe Affordable Food [] and urged Congress to quickly seek a federal solution that would establish standards for the safety and labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients. We need a federal GMO labeling solution that will protect consumers and ensure the safety of food ingredients made through the use of modern agricultural biotechnology.”

Genetic modification increases the need for pesticide use, according to a new study. One of the primary marketing ploys often utilized when promoting GMO seeds is that significantly less chemical pesticides are required during the non-organic growing process. Charles Benbrook, research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University, authored the study, which examined the first 16 years of GMO crops. It was published in the Environmental Sciences Europe.

Herbicide resistant (HR) crop technology has led to a 527 million pound increase in herbicide use across the board during the planting of the top three genetically modified crops in the United States, according to the study.

An excerpt from the study reads:

“Contrary to often-repeated claims that today’s genetically-engineered crops have, and are reducing pesticide use, the spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds in herbicide-resistant weed management systems has brought about substantial increases in the number and volume of herbicides applied.”

Monsanto’s Roundup Ready contains glyphosate, which may be toxic to humans according to a new report. The chemical herbicide is found in approximately 750 commercial products currently sold in the United States. Weed killers such as the top seller offered by biotech giant Monsanto reportedly infiltrate the ground and accumulate inside mammals, particularly in the bones. When helpful microorganisms inside the “gut” of humans are disrupted, the immune system is reportedly compromised.

Glyphosate also reportedly hinders cellular detoxification after it is absorbed inside the body of mammals. A review of the chemical by Natural News also states that the herbicide component “annihilates” the building blocks of life inside plants by ripping amino acids apart. The “shikimate pathway” in microorganisms and plants is reportedly disrupted by one of the primary ingredients in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready and other products containing the same chemical.

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