A petition to reject genetically engineered corn has been presented to Charlotte residents. With all of the negative attention such foods receive, many are wondering why engineered products of any sort would be available in Charlotte.
How will consumers know if Charlotte grocery stores are selling engineered corn or any other engineered product? These food items won’t necessarily be labeled as such.
With the efforts by groups in Charlotte and elsewhere, some may wonder if engineered food stands a chance. Educating everyone on the facts about foods that have been altered in any manner may help the general public avoid such products.
Engineered foods are promoted as being safe by those who will benefit from these sales. However, if consumers are not made aware of what they are purchasing, it may seem someone has something to hide. Perhaps Charlotte shoppers may question if truth in advertising applies to the foods grown in the United States and elsewhere. Purchasing locally grown foods from farmers who present their products at Atherton Market or Elizabeth Avenue Farmers Market is a safe beginning for shoppers.
The following information is from someofus.org:
I am writing today to urge you not to approve Dow’s genetically engineered corn (DAS-40278-9) out of concerns that it will dramatically increase the use of 2,4-D (Docket No. APHIS–2010–0103), a major component of the chemical Agent Orange, specifically, and increase total herbicide usage more broadly.
Exposure to 2,4-D has been linked to major health problems that include cancer (particularly non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma), lowered sperm counts, liver disease and Parkinson’s disease. A growing body of evidence from laboratory studies show that 2,4-D causes endocrine disruption, reproductive problems, neurotoxicity and immunosuppression. In addition, 2,4-D, even in the absence of widespread use in commercial agriculture, is already the seventh-largest source of dioxins in the US, according to the EPA. I am concerned about the impacts of a dramatic increase in 2,4-D usage on the amount of dioxins in the environment and in our food.
In addition, farmers who purchase this GE corn will be required to spray their fields with both Roundup and 2,4-D – the combined impact of which has not been tested and remains unknown. Although this is seen as a solution to Roundup-resistant weeds, my concern is that this represents yet another escalation in an herbicide arms race that will only result in larger numbers of ever-more-toxic chemicals being dumped on our food supply, leading to higher production costs, increased sickness, higher rates of birth defects, and greater harm to the environment.
Charlotte residents can learn more about the petition available online that may help protect the food supply by using this link.