In a small victory against GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms), a mayor of a town in Florida has called for GMO free vending machines in all the city owned buildings.
Peter Bober, the mayor of Hollywood, Florida, has passed a new mandate that will require all of the 45 vending machines that the city owns to offer GMO free choices. The mandate will also require those vending machines to include healthier offerings that meet recommendations from the American Heart Association for healthier snack and drink options in the work place.
This is just one of the many measures that have been taken around the globe, as consumers, governments, and activists take steps against GMOs and demand healthier, more natural food. Other cities in Florida, including Hallandale Beach and Miami Beach, have passed local resolutions to require GMO labeling in their towns, and they are not alone.
Recently, Hawaii County in Hawaii passed a resolution to ban the cultivation of GMOs in their communities, and Russia has chosen to ban all GMO crops in the nation in favor of organically grown food sources because of the serious dangers that they represent.
Irina Ermakova, Vice President of Russia's National Association for Genetic Safety, explains why this is necessary.
"It is necessary to ban GMOs, to impose moratorium (on) it for 10 years. While GMOs will be prohibited, we can plan experiments, tests, or maybe even new methods of research could be developed. It has been proven that not only in Russia, but also in many other countries in the world, GMOs are dangerous. Methods of obtaining the GMOs are not perfect, therefore, at this stage, all GMOs are dangerous. Consumption and use of GMOs obtained in such way can lead to tumors, cancers and obesity among animals. Bio-technologies certainly should be developed, but GMOs should be stopped. We should stop it from spreading."
Bulgaria has also completely banned GMO crops, and at least 26 nations around the world have greatly limited or have completely banned GMOs in their nations as well, including France, Germany, Australia, Hungary, Switzerland, and Greece, among others. As growing opposition spreads to spite genetic engineering giant Monsanto's multi-million dollar efforts to slow it down, moves to limit or eliminate GMOs are going into effect around the world, leaving many to ask why the United States refuses to take action, even in the face of such heavy demand from the American public who clearly do not want GMO crops in their food.