It’s Been Said: Oprah’s opinions impact consumers’ decisions.
Oprah influences millions of people on social issues and discussions. Considering her level of impact, it’s critical to tell the whole story – not just one side – which is what happened in a recent O Magazine article. The magazine featured a story on biotechnology and the impact on consumers’ health. USFRA wonders, where was the scientific data and research to back the claims in the article? How is the magazine substantiating this “impact” on health?
It’s USFRA’s belief that Americans should be given all sides of the story when it comes to our food. USFRA believes in sound, peer-reviewed research, rather than publishing or relying on misleading information. Here are just a few of the biggest myths in the article:
What impact do GM foods have on our health?
“The answer is, no one really knows. GM foods have been on the market only since 1994, and research on their long-term effects on humans is scarce.
“But inserting new genes into a seed's delicately constructed genome is always a gamble because scientists can't predict all the consequences. There is, for example, the possibility of creating brand-new allergens.”
“To date most of the studies have been done on animals; worryingly, though, some of those studies link GM foods to altered metabolism, inflammation, kidney and liver malfunction, and reduced fertility. In one experiment, multiple generations of hamsters were fed a diet of GM soy; by the third generation, they were losing the ability to produce offspring, producing about half as many pups as the non-GM soy group.”
What happens now? Voice your opinion and provide Oprah with balanced feedback regarding the article. Tell your story of farming and the use of biotechnology seeds.
One farmer is raising his voice. Tim Burrack invited Oprah to his farm in northeast Iowa for a visit to see how he produces food. You can read his open letter here. Let’s help Tim and all farmers and ranchers by notifying Oprah about the benefits of Bt crops and the value new technologies and traits bring to farmers and consumers. Here’s how you can raise your voice: Twitter: Direct Tweet @Oprah (www.twitter.com/Oprah)
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