New England Journal Of Medicine Wants GMO Food Labelled

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A leading medical journal has come to the to  the aid of proponents calling for the labeling of GMO food.

Like so many others, including 68% of doctors, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is calling for the labeling of GMO foods

According to research, over 90% of Americans are in favor of labeling GMO food. So If there’s nothing to hide, why not label foods?

Global Healing Centre reports: NEJM Says “Yes” to GMO Labeling

Scientific consensus is that GMO foods are harmless in any amount, and the labeling of foods containing GM ingredients is worthless and cumbersome to food companies. This simply isn’t true, because there are numerous studies indicating GM food to be dangerous, or at least slightly irritating, to human and animal health. The NEJM says that GMO labeling “is essential for tracking emergence of novel food allergies and assessing effects of chemical herbicides applied to GM crops.” [1] It calls for the respect of consumers who want labeling of foods containing GM ingredients. It’s safe to say that in not doing so, consumers become distrustful of certain brands who refuse to label or lobby against labeling. An estimated $100 million has been spent by the food industry in lobbying for less transparency in just one year. [2] So, if it’s the money companies think they’ll miss out on if they do label, they’re likely to also miss it by not labeling.

But it isn’t just about the genetically-altered material that’s contained within GM foods. The NEJM further states: “And the argument that there is nothing new about genetic rearrangement misses the point that GM crops are now the agricultural products most heavily treated with herbicides and that two of these herbicides may pose risks of cancer.” Even the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delaying a permit for Enlist Duo, a combination herbicide that is said to fight herbicide resistance. It has, however, been approved for use in a number of states. [3] It’s a good thing, too, considering that all chemical herbicides present a real threat to human health. Glyphosate, or Roundup, is a common herbicide that is a probable human carcinogen, so one can only imagine what Enlist Duo–an herbicide that is more powerful than glyphosate–poses. To give you a clue as to how pervasive glyphosate is, research is showing that the herbicide is being found in human breast milk. [4]


1 -Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., and Charles Benbrook, Ph.D. GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health. N Engl J Med 2015; 373:693-695. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1505660.
2- Libby Foley. Big Food Companies Spend Millions to Defeat GMO Labeling. EWG.
3- Carey Gillam. EPA expands areas of approved use for Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide. Reuters.
4- Elizabeth Grossman. Is There Herbicide in Breast Milk? Civil Eats.

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