Although I am sure the author of the recent Maine Voices column regarding his view of GMO labeling as a business ploy is sincere in his view, please look further. Good information is available (“Consider scientific facts, not emotional campaigns, when checking GMOs,” Dec. 11).

There is a reason why more than 39 countries ban the sale of GMO foods. Although we live in one of the most advanced countries of the world, our citizens have learned not to take for granted the unilateral statements of the Food and Drug Administration, the American Medical Association and other regulatory and/or trade bodies.

Let’s start with Purdue University professor emeritus of plant pathology Donald Huber, Ph.D. He oversaw research on natural and man-made environmental threats to our country and also sits on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Homeland Security advisory board. For many years, Dr. Huber has been the expert for U.S. cattle ranchers who have been experiencing unexplained losses of their herds through low/poor reproduction rates and other mysterious origins.

Fast forward to 2010 and 2011. Dr. Huber, who is personally acquainted with Tom Vilsack, head of the USDA, attempted to advise the USDA of his findings that an element of chemicals used in weed control (glyphosate) where feed for cattle is grown is the causal agent behind reproduction and health issues in cattle.

What does this have to do with GMOs? Dr. Huber’s Nov. 11 lecture on the glyphosate and GMO connection can be viewed online. His research and findings should be ignored only if one has no concern for the health of our food sources.

The GMO issue is not emotionally based. GMOs are banned by countries whose governments are willing to make hard choices based on hard evidence. That is why thousands of GMO labeling supporters will not stop until our own government listens.


The labels are not the real problem. It’s our food and how it is produced.

Deborah McDonald



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