GMO is a term for plants and animals that have been spliced with DNA from viruses, bacteria, or other species. The result becomes a genetic code that cannot be found in nature anywhere. These have been linked to many serious health concerns.
"Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with (genetically modified) food including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation," says the
American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM). Unfortunately, many fast food restaurants serve genetically modified foods, which directly affects many Americans. The US is also one of few countries without bans or restrictions on these foods meaning that Americans aren't protected by GMO labels on food.
Speakers such as Julie Tennis, Pam Drake, Arthur Zeigler and many more occupied the main stage. They shared their personal views as well as some shocking facts about GMOs. Local vendors such as Elixir Tea and Espresso attended to promote their products and support the movement. The event was very family friendly offering a kid’s activity center where anyone could come to create their own self-watering containers, seed balls, and to begin learning about the effects of GMOs in a kid-friendly way. Also available were some fun and educational movies like The Lorax, The Vanishing of the Bees, and The World According to Monsanto.
Pacific County played a part in a large global movement today. It was estimated that about 52 countries and 436 cities around the world, including Australia and Japan, which have restricted and even banned GM foods, marched in protest as well.