Target: Andrew Lack, CEO and Director of US Broadcasting Board of Governors
Goal: Share scientific claims with the public that genetically engineered foods may be harmful to human health.
Many environmentalists and scientists agree that genetically modified foods (GMOs) can be linked to life-threatening diseases such as cancer. Still, GMO supporters insist on covering up the other side of the argument by not labeling GMO products and encouraging the media to only present their side of the argument in hopes of gaining larger profits.
There have been no epidemiological studies done on GMO foods, which means that there have not been GMO studies done across a wide spectrum of the overall global population. Not surprisingly, there have been several studies done on GMO foods by GMO supporters. Specifically, biotechnological companies that sell genetically modified seeds and chemicals to companies that make these so-called food products claim that testing shows there is no difference between GMO foods and non-GMO foods.
Even though several scientists have denied claims which state that GMO foods are 100 percent safe, companies that support GMO foods still refuse to do thorough testing on GMO products. Instead, they stealthily cover up the truth by encouraging the media and other mainstream organizations to claim that everyone is in agreement over the “non-harmful effects” of GMO foods. It is in their opinion that the matter should no longer be discussed.
Sign this petition and let the media know that just because GMO supporters want to pull the wool over the public’s eyes doesn’t mean that the media should stand behind their decision. At the very least, the public deserves to be presented with both negative and positive views pertaining to GMO foods, so people can make up their own minds about what is safe to eat or not eat.
Dear Mr. Lack,
Several statements have been presented by the media to the public which claim that genetically modified foods are safe. However, many environmentalists and scientists have claimed otherwise, warning people against the harmful effects GMOs cause to human health. Many experts purport GMOs can be linked to a variety of dangerous diseases, including cancer.
It has been less than 30 years since food companies have started adding new chemicals to the foods that are consumed by a majority of the world’s population. Since we know little about these man-made chemicals, it is ridiculous to assume that foods with these chemicals are safe for human consumption. Therefore, before claiming these GMO foods are safe, more global studies need to be done. Similar studies have been done to learn more about the deleterious effects of cigarette smoking. Yet, when it comes to our food these potential studies are disregarded. While GMO supporters claim there have already been several studies done to determine whether or not GMO foods are safe, those studies have been done by biotechnology companies, making the results biased. In addition, pesticides sprayed on GMO crops are also thought to be harmful to human health.
Presenting biased results to the public rather than equally sharing both sides of the issue is extremely unethical. If the other side of this argument is not properly presented, a large part of the population may falsely believe that GMO foods are healthy, and in turn be at greater risk of developing diseases which will significantly shorten their life spans, some of which include obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
For all of these reasons, I urge you to demand all United States media employees equally present both sides of the GMO argument. Without both sides of the argument being fairly presented, the public will likely not acquire the knowledge they need to decide if eating certain foods are worth the risks not disclosed on most food labels.
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