Have you ever considered that without labeling, numbers of religious groups are having their religious rights violated? Jews have kosher labels. So where are the labels for all people with the religious need to eat what comes only from God, or to eat in a way that is spiritually tolerable according to their beliefs?
Buddhists are not supposed to take in anything toxic whether by mouth or through what they read or hear, but are forced to consume toxic GMOs by not knowing what is what.
Orthodox Jews are not supposed to mix species when plowing fields (no horse and buffalo, together) or in clothing (no linen mixed with wool) or to eat milk with meat but they are being forced to eat food that mixes species and whose RNA can be affecting their DNA.
What of pantheism which runs through almost all religions, in which people believe deeply that we are all part of nature itself and their spiritual lives are based on seeking and finding that harmony? How can they/we find spiritual peace inside ourselves if nature itself is being ripped to shreds by the biotech industry and they/we are forced through lies and trickery to consume abominations of nature and the defiling of God’s gift to us all? As the earth is being desecrated by corporations, pantheists are, increasingly, all of us. The genetic engineering of plants, trees, and animals is a genetic engineering of living things that people feel viscerally, out of horror at the attack on what God has given us in perfection, or out oneness with all life, as a literal attack on themselves.
Spiritual and religious people cannot eat food blindly. They must know if they are violating fundamentals of their moral codes, or spiritual codes. For those who are not vegetarian but find cruelty to animals violates their most deeply held religious beliefs, what of them, they must know whether those animals are forced to eat feed that is causing them pain, is turning them infertile.
Putting “health” aside, eating GMOs is an immense and profound religious issue. Religious groups can’t even practice according to their ethical beliefs or even religious injunctions unless they know what they are eating. Many religious or spiritual people consider the body a temple of God and what they take into it is a sacrament.
Kosher labeling came into place to allow Jews to fulfill their religious requirements. Would Jews accept being told it costs too much, or that it doesn’t matter and pork is fine? What would happen if anyone tried to lower kosher standards? Are other people’s religious needs to know what they are eating any less significant?
For many religious or spiritual people, sickness follows not so much from eating what is toxic but from violating spiritual principles.
The biotech industry is desecrating gifts given to all of us by God.
…. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
“Then farmers planted the man-altered seeds which produced vegetation never seen before and different from its kind, and causing new illnesses as well as deaths of feotuses. And farmers had to sign contracts forcing them to use poisons on the man-altered seeds, contracts that forbade them and even Ruth, from ever collecting these altered seeds.”
And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.” And God saw that it was good.
“And the CEOs said “Let our seeds fill the land and our poisons teem in the waters and air,” and they were silent as the altered seeds and poisons deformed and killed animals of water and air. And the CEOs saw that their profit was good.”
God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”
“The CEOs cursed them …. ”
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
“The CEOs said “Let our laboratories produce synthetic living creatures: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, so that all living creatures can be patented and owned. And the CEOs saw that it was profitable.”
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
How can people fulfill a religious obligation to rule over nature and protect it if a few corporations claim to own it and are setting loose unnatural, plants and even man-made creatures that can destroy a natural many people believe deeply was given to all out of love?
The intense reaction to what the biotech industry is doing is inadequately described as coming out anger at injustice or out of fear over health concerns. What we are feeling comes out of pantheism and other spiritual beliefs in which we know deep inside us that we are inseparable from the salmon being mutated or from the corn being inserted with pesticides or from the water being poisoned. Those with spiritual consciousness experience all living things – animals, plants, trees, fish – as part of themselves, and all as part of God. In not labeling GMOs, people are being forced against their will to participate in the evil of deconstructing what God (Nature) has provided everyone, forced to consume it and feed it to their children. But they are also being cut off from consuming what is from God, and having their every bite be a sacrament and a moment of great gratitude.
The spiritual issues pile up. There is the reality that fertility itself is of central spiritual importance and people are being blocked from avoiding GMOs that are damaging fertility.
And in this time of awakening of human consciousness, for those who believe this is the point of their spiritual life and all life itself, many believe that their DNA is directly related to spirituality so to threaten DNA is to threaten spirituality and consciousness itself.
But whether one agrees or not, based on religious rights, why do we even need to know for sure whether soy does cause infertility or corn, cancer, or GMOs are damaging our connection to God or the cosmos? We don’t have to answer those questions but only need to know that we have the right to know what is from God or what is not. Because man has broken the chain of life in which food was perfect fit for animals and humans and was healing and has been so tampered with as to create not health but fear and disgust, many people, out of religious or spiritual need, want to and even must avoid anything coming from man – because it is non-God, unnatural, “sin”thetic .
And many people want to avoid any potential eugenics threat from man (whether by accident or intentionally) which man can create in “playing” God.
Don’t Jews, out of religious feeling and the spiritual honoring of their dead, have the religious right to refuse whatever is made by the same companies that dealt in eugenics before and intentionally killed millions? Is this not a religious need?
From a religious point of view, do we not all have the right to know what is coming from these historically racist and deadly companies in order to distance ourselves from their evil? (This includes vaccines that are also GMOs, are being forced on children and increasingly on adults and FOIAs have shown do not work and studies show worse.)
So evil and unstoppable have these companies become, there is a PR effort to bring back eugenics and treat it as more than “normal,” but as a social obligation in one’s own family.
- Science 2.0, USA: Eugenics 2012: Genetically engineering babies a moral obligation?
- The Daily Telegraph, UK: Genetically engineering ’ethical’ babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor
- Reader’s Digest, UK: The maverick: ”It’s our duty to have designer babies”
The debate around GMOs have not reached to the deeply enough. The core issue involved is that we are all part of the web of life, of which corn and soy and every plants, every fish, every mosquito, tree, frog, bird, microorganism, water and each of us is a precious, critical piece. One can protest the threat to health from GMOs or the greed involved or the corruption of governments and laws, but for many people, deep inside themselves, this is a spiritual issue. To be connected to Nature life itself, is what makes life worth living, is an obligation deeper than any other. To tear it apart is to tear at God. To alter it is evil. To attempt to force what is not from God on anyone breaks a bond they need to live. To create a man-made “invention” (via “destruction” of nature) that is coded with poisons, and one that is potentially eugenic (able to end fertility) and then to force it by lies of feeding the hungry or creating a new drug, on any living creature or any human being, goes beyond evil.
In this, even atheists and spiritual people of all kinds can come together, for one does not have to believe in a God to feel oneself part of the web of life and so deeply affected by attacks on it. The labeling of GMOs is a spiritual necessity for all those who view their relation to nature (or God) as indivisible from it. For an increasing number of people, food is a sacrament, and nature is holy.