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GMO Foods In Jamaica

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on 3 December 2013

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Transcript of GMO Foods In Jamaica

My Hope Jamaica
GMO

Foods

In

Jamaica

Who produces these foods?
The Farmers' problems with Patented food
The Farmers nearby with non-GMO seeds unwillingly get
contaminated
through
pollination
, cross breeding with their crop.
Many farmers have been sued and bound by law to pay the chemical companies royalties for the crops present in their fields that were never purchased.
What is a GMO Food?
GMO
stands for
G
enetically
M
odified
F
oods in other words, food that has been designed in a laboratory, rather than
nature.
American food in Jamaica
Round-Up- Ready crops
Round-Up ready crops

that are currently circulating have never been tested on humans long term, and show cause for concern.
Experimental attempts to implant a strawberry with the DNA of
Antarctic Fish
to better
resist frost
DNA of some foods are altered by scientists from big biotech companies, most popularly
corn
,
soy,
and
canola
, which are the base ingredients for most processed foods in the
US.
Still in the lab:
Most Prominent
Examples of GMO Foods:
Crop plants that have been modified in laboratories to enhance desired traits, such as
resistance to herbicides
or
improved nutritional content
.

Golden Rice:
Rice with extra Vitamin A
Round-up Ready Crops:
Embedded with Round-Up in it's DNA
to stay alive when Sprayed with herbicide.
In 1930 the Us patent laws began to change to include living organisms- plant patents. Those who "invent" or discover new properties of plants are granted time-limited rights of ownership.
Each year
Jamaica
spends about
$800 million
on food imports from the
United States
Many of the fresh produce and most of the processed foods (about 80%) are estimated to contain
GMO
ingredients.
Cartagena

Protocol
on
Biosafety,
which came into effect on September 11 of this year, focuses on the International trade of
g
enetically
m
odified
o
rganisms and represents the first regulatory international initiative in the safe handling, transport and use of
GMOs
, which are derived from modern biotechnology.
Its estimated GMO ingredients present in
70%-80% of processed foods coming in from the United States.
Few studies involving feeding lab animals
GMO crops show increased
growth of Tumors, inflammation,
allergic reaction, and is suspected
to be the source of the spread of
those gluten intolerant.

Fear of resistance to antibiotics
and disruption of the food chain are also concerns. Some suspect these new plants are responsible for the mass death of bees.
Farmers with GMO seeds cannot save their seeds as they've been doing for generations. They cannot re-use them for a later season, as they are designed to die every year, ensuring more sales.
When a Farmer buys GMO
seeds
, They are bound to keep buying the same seeds because no other crop will then tolerate the
soil.
Chemical Companies
The Fight for Food Independence
Jamaica has a long history of being taken advantage of. The current trade restrictions set by the IMF bank hold Jamaica at the loosing end of their agreements.
With American products coming in and risking disease for the population, some Jamaicans are fighting back.

GMO ingredients to this day remain UNLABELED
Companies claim these foods will nourish the hungry with more nutritious food and provide farmers with better yields, but their behaviors show different intentions.
My hope for the Island is a nation working toward food independence.The country needs the freedom to make decisions for its own people without restrictions and the illusion of choice.

If educated, the people would clearly choose non GMO ingredients, given the choice.
I hope to one day have that information to make a choice, and I hope Jamaica will be able to ban GMOS until the've been proven safe, along with more than 20 other countries around the world
in 2012 Jamaica was involved in a World wide protests against Monsanto, along with 51 other countries. The message was clear: If we must have GMOS, let's test them, and at least label them. so Those who don't want to eat them can avoid them.
Control the food, control the people
Given the Choice, would you choose to eat
natural organic food, or Genetically Modified Foods?

How often do you think you eat GMOs a day?





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