Family farms were once the epitome of American freedom. 80 years ago family farms with nutrient rich and locally grown produce were the only choice of produce and food. Now big business has wrapped their hands around the throat of family farms, threatening to crush this all too important industry. Slowly home-grown food and products are becoming a thing of the past, a farmers market is more of a treat than a way of living.
I propose a battle against large agriculture technology companies pumping genetically modified and wax covered fruits and veggies into our grocery stores. With genetically modified organisms being sold throughout stores in America one cannot help but wonder where our right to chose has gone. The Food and Drug Administration is not required to label these mutant foods as being so. Now a light has shined upon the negative effects of these products. Genetically Modified Foods or GMOs have only been on the market since 1994, and already a slew of health issues can be traced back and attributed to these products. Studies have shown that the intake of GM items can be linked to infertility, as well as increased risk for allergy sufferers. With plant DNA being altered and transferred from food to food, some GM products can contain typical allergens such as such as soy, peanuts, and wheat where you would not expect to find them.
The movement to have these GM products labeled is an important one, as Americans we have a right to know what we are ingesting. The only reliable way to stay away foods like these is to buy local and organically grown produce. With a little over one million inhabitants in Fairfax County alone there are only a handful of farmers markets. The best way to get a hand into the movement against GMOs is to support these local family farms, your business could keep these farms alive and able to produce more healthy and wholesome products.
Your voice is louder than you think in the case of labeling these modified food products. Most large food supplier companies make non-GMO foods already, and sell them in other countries such as Europe, which have laws on the labeling and sale of GMOs. The labeling and producing of these non-GMOs would be at no extra cost to these corporations. The support in the fight against unregulated GMO foods is growing. There is a local Virginia petition that you can sign in to support the adoption of the Farm and Food Freedom Act. (Link listed below.)
These family run farms thriving means wholesome healthy foods at affordable prices, as well as an influx of job opportunities among the community. In a country built and supported by individual freedoms why is the basic human need of food and choice of food being denied to us?