by Melissa Diane Smith
On November 12, 2014, millions of Americans sent a warning to the British people about the dangers of growing genetically modified (GM) crops and urged them to reject GM foods. It came in an open letter published in The Times newspaper and promoted through a digital billboard at Waterloo station.
Signatories of “Living with GMOs: A Letter from America” include health, consumer, and farming groups, American celebrities Susan Sarandon, Daryl Hannah and Robert Kennedy Jr., and doctors Joseph Mercola and Andrew Weil. I as a nutritionist and book author also am among the charter letter signers.
The unique citizens-to-citizens letter details the problems and challenges America has experienced in the nearly two decades of growing and eating genetically engineered crops and is a plea for the U.K. and other European countries not to follow the U.S. example when it comes to GM foods, also known as genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or “Frankenfoods.” The following is my quote, which is included with my signature:
“GMOs pose risks to our health, the environment, farmers, our food security, and the control of our food. It’s time for all of us to wake up to the disturbing truth that has been hidden from us about GMOs and work together to go against GMOs to protect our food system, our health, and our planet.”
- Melissa Diane Smith, Nutritionist and Author of Going Against GMOs