Why does Europe continually ban GMOs while so many people in America continue to eat them? That’s the million dollar question that most people still aren’t even asking in this country. In some cases, people simply don’t want to spend the extra money it costs to buy organic or non-GMO foods, or simply don’t have access to a wide selection of them and are forced to buy them anyway (or eat them at restaurants and cafes).
At any rate, it’s important to know the stark difference between how GMOs are treated in Europe versus how they are treated in America (where they are in as much as 70 percent or more of all packaged foods on store shelves).
The biggest difference, as always, lies with the media.
In America, the mainstream media is practically a mouthpiece for Monsanto and the GMO industry, although the tide is changing some thanks to a reader backlash.
But in Europe, the journalism sector has been consistent with fair, trustworthy and accurate reporting on the GMO issue, and fair coverage is given to scientists who sound the alarm about the lack of long-term safety testing and possible health hazards.
It all started with a renowned scientist and his experiments showing serious potential for harm caused by a genetically modified potato.
Then, the threats came rolling in, because the companies that produced these genetically engineered plants had an awful lot to lose. The scientist in question (watch the video to find out more) stayed strong, however. A gag order was lifted and he was chosen to speak before parliament about the dangers of GMOs.
Once the media caught wind of the GMO safety scandal, a frenzy of reporting ensued. Over 700 articles were written in a single month and within 10 weeks a tipping point of consumer rejection was reached in Europe!