Singer Ellie Goulding has credited a plant based lifestyle with helping her performance. Ellie Goulding classifies herself as an “aspiring vegan”. She said: ”I call myself an aspiring vegan. It’s challenging, but not impossible. You just have to eat or drink a lot of greens. I make green juice for myself almost every day. I put in things like bananas, avocado, spinach, broccoli – whatever’s in my fridge, really. Other celebrities such as Beyonce, J-Lo, and Natalie Portman have dabbled in veganism in the past.
Veganism has become a trendy fad in recent years, particularly “part-time” veganism as Americans are cutting back on meat for various reasons. This means less meat consumption and less revenue for corporations such as Smithfield, whose products are primarily animal based.
Advertisements for health, fitness, environmental sustainability have influenced how Americans consume products. They also display American ideologies of health consciousness in our current media influenced generation.
GMOs are plants or animals that’ve had their genetic makeup altered. GM foods have been linked to an increase in deaths from illnesses such as cancer, hypertension, diabetes, autism, senile dementia, parkinson’s disease, etc. The labeling of genetically engineered products is now a question of whether national labeling laws are constitutional.
The House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, which blocks individual states from having mandatory GE labeling laws and would require the U.S. FDA to create national labeling guidelines. This commotion about GM labeling is a result of the fear that these labels will be seen as warning labels by consumers and will negatively affect purchase behavior. But data from a new study suggests this may be untrue. The new study has provided evidence to refute this assumption, providing evidence that GMO labeling would not act as a warning to consumers.
National GMO labeling is now being sought. If approved, the legislation for labelling GM foods would replace state labeling laws, which will nullify any existing mandatory labeling laws.
Vermont will institute the first state labeling law in July 2017, and supporters of national legislation worry other that states will follow, forcing food companies to comply with multiple labeling requirements. The Vermont Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Act requires that by July 2016 all food and beverages sold in the state containing GMOs carry a label.
Propaganda set forth by Monsanto, and other big corporations are implemented through commercials and by national media outlets. They try to convince the masses that GM foods are safe in order to make the highest profit. But, the data shows otherwise. It’s important for state laws to remain in place because it encourages food companies to label their products for all states. It’s important for consumers to be aware of what they’re buying, as it affects their health directly and they have the right to know what is in their food.