Mandatory GMO Labeling in Hawaii is Focus on Smart Health Talk Today at 4:00 pm PST

Find out about mandatory GMO labeling. Over 80% of consumers want GMO information on their labels. States are trying to pass laws that will require manufactures to include GMO information on the label. Over 40 other countries have already passed mandatory GMO labeling laws. Benefits of organic poultry products will also be discussed today at 4:00 pm PST on Smart Health Talk Radio Show.

Redlands, CA, December 23, 2011 --( Elle Cochran, Council Member, Maui, Hawaii will be on Smart Health Talk Radio Show today at 4:00 pm PST to talk about a bill she has introduced for mandatory labeling of all Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) products sold in Hawaii. She was invited by Monsanto to tour their research facilities last week and she will share what she learned.

Growing and testing GMOs on a contained space like the islands of Hawaii poses risks to all native vegetation and crops. Monsanto has several large research facilities and works with University professors and students so they strongly embed themselves with powerful institutions.

More than 40 other countries have passed laws requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs. Some will not import GMO products. GMO labeling is not required. A CBS poll from May 11, 2008 showed that 87 percent of polled consumers wanted GMOs labeled, as is currently mandated for foods consumed by 40 percent of the world's people.

GMOs are hidden in processed food. They are living organisms so it would seem logical people should be told.

Jeffrey Smith, Director for the Institute of Responsible Technology, and the author of “Seeds of Deception” and “Genetic Roulette” commented on a previous Smart Health Talk broadcast that medical doctors are telling him they are prescribing 100% GMO free diets to all of their patients.

Jeffrey wrote in his article, "Genetically Modified Foods: Toxins and Reproductive Failures" that thousands of sick, sterile and dead animals have been traced to GM feed. Read the entire article to find out all of health risks associated with GMOs.

Until GMOs are labeled, it is difficult to trace and identify foods that are causing allergic reactions in people. This is a very big concern when it comes to babies fed GMO containing formulas. Introducing organisms that have been genetically engineered to make pesticides into undeveloped digestive systems of babies seems risky. There are no long-term studies demonstrating safety in people.

With over 96% of soy products grown using GMO seeds, the odds are any soy you buy will be GMO. The only way to avoid is find products that are certified Non GMO or are USDA certified organic.

Stacey Hall, LabelGMOs, is collecting signatures needed to bring a mandatory GMO labeling bill to California voters on next year’s ballot. Stacey described learning the truth about GMOs “like watching the scariest movie you’ve ever seen.”

The Indian government has filed a biopiracy lawsuit against Monsanto for stealing indigenous plants to develop genetically modified versions of them to sell without any compensation going back to the people or nation where the plants originally came from.

GMO seeds are not sustainable because they are dependent on high priced fertilizers and pesticides to keep them from dying. Since the GMO seeds are designed to work only with irrigated fields, and only a small percentage of fields are irrigated in India, hundreds of farmers that bought all of the seeds and products with only a palm print, lost everything and ended up with a huge debt they could never repay.

GMO seeds contain terminator genes that prevents replanting saved seeds. New seeds have to be purchased every year costing the farmer extra money.

The Rodale Research Center showed no significant crop yields with GMO seeds and pesticides, and actually had lower yields than other more sustainable organic methods. The organic methods also created soil that was able to hold water in place for full plant absorption. The overly processed GMO soil was porous and disappeared before the plant could capture. GMO seeds have a greater dependence on water, fertilizers, and pesticides all of which come with contamination risks.

Lori Stevens from Sheltons, makers of a wide variety of chicken and turkey products will also be on the show today explaining the difference in the organic and conventional poultry industries. Cooking tips for the ultimate turkey will also be discussed.

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