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It seems simple enough to see why we should just label GMO food. But manufacturers have apparently decided we may not want to buy what they’re selling – if we know more about it. And thanks to the 5-4 Citizens United decision, giving corporations a First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts to influence election outcomes, our elected officials seem a little hesitant to mess with Big Business such as Monsanto, Dupont and Syngenta, who currently control almost 50% of global seed supplies.

I don’t want my child growing up in a world where going to the grocery store is akin to a rat entering a science lab, but with the current direction of our food supply chain, it’s not that far off. 

Between 70 and 80% of food on supermarket shelves in America is genetically engineered. 

Countries like Italy, England, France, Japan and Brazil have passed legislation requiring labels on products containing genetically engineered ingredients.

Without labeling, and without any policy preventing crop contamination, the truth is that you’re playing the part of the rat in the genetically modified food science experiment. 

Mothers in particular, may want to take heed.  A disturbing report out of Canada last May found that 93 percent of pregnant mothers tested had the genetically engineered Bt toxin in their blood, something biotech scientists claimed was impossible. (Listen up Kate Middleton – your father-in-law, long a proponent of organic agriculture and farming systems – would not want his grandchild exposed to GMO’s!)

In 2011 Dr. Don Huber, a retired Army colonel, professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University and a member of the Emergent Diseases and Pathogens Committee for the USDA under Homeland Security, wrote Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack an urgent letter detailing concern over a pathogen found in Roundup Ready crops, one that impacted the fertility of livestock, caused miscarriages, and created a fatal AIDS like syndrome in plants. Dr. Huber implored the Obama Administration complete further testing before releasing more Roundup Ready crops into the American food chain. 

“This is highly sensitive information that could severely impact US food and feed supplies,” Huber wrote. 

However, instead of delaying the release and opening up further research and resources, the Obama Administration, bowed down and released more GMO crops within weeks of this very concerning revelation.

Democracy can’t exist if we don’t have choice. Depending on whose research you believe, between 4 and 11 companies currently control two-thirds of global food seed sales. Willie Nelson says it’s four.

This article originally appeared on GreenFestivals.org. Kimberly Pinkson is the original founder of the international non-profit organization ecomomalliance.org and the e-commerce site, ecomom.com. She is an expert on social entrepreneurism, grassroots campaigns, marketing to moms, women in business, sustainable brand development, and environmental health and wellness. She lives with her husband, son, and animals in California.