So, did you dunk your Ouma rusk in your coffee this morning? Ouma rusks are as much of the South Africa landscape as sunny skies and rooibos tea..... well think again. Good Old Ouma ain't what she used to be.
And Pronutro, that wonder South African cereal that fed an army and later our children, because we all thought it was better than the multi variety cereals on the shelves pumped with colourants, additives and preservatives..................well think again!
And that Impala Putu pap at the braai on Sunday with vors and breedie? ..............
GMO testing facility at the University of the Free State conducted several thorough qualitative PCR screenings: GMO double screens for the ACB in respect of a number of food samples.......... the result?
All contain between 60 and 90% Genetically modified ingredients, and Maize, our Mielies, our culture and tradition is now 70% genetically modified!
"So what?" you ask yourself.
For one thing, these products , in spite of the terms of the Consumer Protection Act and its Regulations, to label GM foods and marketing materials where the genetically modified (GM) content is at least 5%, none of these products are labelled as such. This is as bad as selling you what looks like a tomato, but is in fact polony from waste meat!
Consumers have a right to know exactly what the contents of the food is that they are buying and have a right to protect their own health and well being. Whether you are pro GM or not, there are many people who do not want to consume Genetically modified produce, or any produce that contains Genetically modified ingredients!
For another thing, genetically modified experiments on mice, have proved to result in infertility after the third generation!
And if you think I am just being hysterical, ask yourself why India is taking Monsanto to court for bio piracy? Our Mielies no longer belong to us, they belong to Monsanto and farmers can no longer produce their own seed but are forced to get their seed from GM companies.
Ask yourself why Hungary recently went to the extreme of literally burning Monsanto out of their country.
Ask yourself why Peru has recently banned Monsanto for ten years, France is suing them for poisoning...... then get on the Internet and fully inform yourself about the truth behind genetically modified food, and when you have done that, start demanding that all food on our shelves is clearly marked as containing genetically modified ingredients, and then............
maybe we should demand that all genetically modified seed be banned from our country.......... and when we have done that, maybe we can have Ouma back, as she always used to be!
For further information on GM in South Africa please go to : African Centre for Bio Divesity
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