The slogan “Buy American” is something that’s been part of the American vernacular for many years, and it rings especially true now with the state of the U.S. economy and the continued siphoning of wealth from the middle and lower classes.
For millions of Americans, “Buy American” means that it’s worth it to go out of your way in order to support the nation’s economy by seeking American products, or at the very least giving an American product the nod or the benefit of the doubt in a situation where the other aspects of the product are similar to another one.
For cars or other products, that’s understandable, although I personally am becoming more and more environmentally conscious and making that my number one most sought-after characteristic of all my purchases.
But for food, that slogan can no longer apply, not as long as America continues its dangerous, reckless assault on food freedom across the world by pushing genetically modified foods on its citizens and other nations. Wikileaks of course revealed that U.S. officials essentially work for Monsanto and have engaged in trade wars with countries that refuse to accept the dangerous crops.
Russia, France No Longer “Buy American” Food
In the wake of a two-year study on rats demonstrating massive tumors due to consumption of genetically modified corn, which makes up the vast majority of the U.S. crop and is in huge numbers of processed food, Russia has decided to ban importing GMO (genetically modified organism-containing) corn, and France has banned it as well earlier in the year and is now asking for a Europe-wide ban. South Africa is also among the countries that could see a ban with more countries likely to join them.
The news comes in addition to other developments in the food world including the examination by European officials on whether or not to ban the corn as well following the release of the study.
Meanwhile in the United States, people continue to consume the corn and other genetically modified foods in huge amounts, despite the fact that they’ve been banned in several countries or at least labeled. A fast food meal for example is likely to contain a burger from a cow fed large amounts of GMO corn, in opposition to the correct diet of grazing on grass, a bun that contains high fructose corn syrup, fries cooked in GMO canola or soy oil, and of course a large soda that contains dangerous amounts of HCFS, which is of course almost always made from GMO corn as well.
Fast food is one thing, but avoiding GMO food, despite studies showing tumors, sterility, and even organ damage in lab animals among other defects, has become a full-time job for health-conscious food shoppers. Labels are misleading and even foods with healthy labels or “natural” tags could well contain multiple GMO ingredients.
Buying Food from Other Countries the Answer?
While I’ve usually leaned toward buying familiar and local brands, if they contain GMOs, I simply can’t get behind supporting them from a moral standpoint, especially considering the way chemical companies treat farmers, often suing them when their GMO seeds cross-contaminate the crops of small organic and other farms.
Cross-contamination is a real and immediate threat, and if we keep buying American-sourced GMO food, it will continue to happen until avoiding the damaging GMO foods is virtually impossible.
With ex-Monsanto (biggest GMO company) execs running the show in the U.S. FDA, the change has to come from the grass roots up.
So, as I sat at a cafe eating around the GMO croutons that I accidentally got in my soup, I decided to write this article to remind everyone just what’s at stake here.
If we, the enlightened consumers, don’t make the change, who will?
Perhaps that’s why I ended up buying almost half of my food from European sources the last time I went to a specialty market, and the other half organic, including GMO-free crackers from Sweden rather than American ones containing GMOs: I had to stand up for my right to choose, and I had to do it so that I would be able to maintain that choice in the future, and our kids would as well.
Hopefully you’ll join me, so I can actually eat the croutons the next time around, and we can force American food companies to get their act together and put our health over profits for a change.
Note: While Europe isn’t GMO free, its citizens are far more vigilant and often reject all chances to introduce GMO crops into their food supply as much as possible. You are far more likely to find GMO-free food by buying from other countries, especially European nations.