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Children activists join the battle for GMO food labeling, fighting for 'real food'

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: GMO labeling, children, activists

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(NaturalNews) An unanticipated but welcomed voice in the debate over whether or not to label genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), children are increasingly speaking the bold truth to their peers and even adults about the importance of eating real food, according to a recent CNN editorial. Out of the mouths of babes, to quote the famous biblical passage, is the push for GMO labeling and a resurgence back to clean food gaining significant grassroots support, especially as the next generation grows into adulthood.

Perhaps it is because millions of children today are now suffering the very real consequences of an adulterated food supply in the form of allergies and chronic illness that they are taking up the fight to protect the food supply from corporate takeover. Or maybe it is simply because they overhear their parents talking about how many common food additives lead to disease that children are now speaking out more loudly than ever against fake food.

In any case, the emerging generation is becoming far better equipped than its predecessors to take on the giant of GMO labeling, according to CNN contributor Amanda Enayati, which is arguably the most weighty issue in terms of human health that society faces today. There simply is not enough scientific evidence, after all, to show that GMOs are in any way safe for human consumption, and plenty of evidence showing that these non-foods are severely toxic to organs, digestion, and immunity.

"Kids are sponges and often alert to the concerns of their parents," writes Enayati about the renewal of food consciousness among young people. "Nowadays, that translates into an uncanny sophistication, from a very young age, about food, even as mothers and fathers struggle to understand and react to the alarming proliferation of diet-related maladies in children, from obesity to diabetes and severe allergies."

Many young children are aware of common food allergens like soy and corn, for instance, because they either have severe allergies themselves, or know of family members, relatives, or friends that have them. Children are also increasingly aware of other food toxins like artificial food colorings, preservative chemicals, unhealthy salts and trans fats, and processed sugars, all of which directly contribute to childhood illnesses like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, and cancer.

"There are now 4-year-old who can lisp 'high-fructose corn syrup,'" adds Enayati. "5-year-olds who run little fingers over the lines of an ingredient list to look for Red 40, Blue 1, and Yellow 5 and 6 dyes; and 10-year-olds who will turn a snack box over to examine sugar and saturated fat content."

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