Livestock farming and Genetic Engineering
Without us to realize, genetic engineering forces its way in our food-chain through animal products.
In conventional farming systems pigs and cows are usually fed with genetically modified food. The other way round: Hardly one conventional farmer in Germany can still guarantee that the feeding trough is free from genetic engineering. And with growing sowing and processing of genetically modified plants, also in Europe the organic farming is being threatened by the same fate.
Animal products, for which the animals were fed with genetic engineered foods, are in Germany not being marked. Foods that directly contain GM plants underlie a labeling obligation (but of course only from a certain percentage on) - the labeled products accordingly sell badly in our stores and are not being produced.
There is being discussed publicly a lot about the unclear impacts on human- and animal health and the potentially devastating environmental consequences of genetically engineered plants.
From our perspective no less important are the economic consequences and the implications for the global food situation.
It is the stated goal of the big seed companies like Monsanto, to gain control over the majority of the global food production in a few decades. This can succeed among others, through patents and technologies that prevent the farmers from resowing their own crops.
The millenia-old core of human agriculture is therefore being replaced by the arbitrariness of a few transnational corporations. Consequence are nowadays the losses of thousands of varieties, adapted to local conditions, and the ruin of thousands of small-scale-farmers in countries such as India.
The fight against genetic engineering is a major challenge worldwide. The situation is very exciting: Europe is considered to be GM-adverse - milk, cheese and meat, however, are the Trojan horses or the genetic engineering comparnies. Through the production of animal products they can, on the one hand market inconspicuously hard salable products - on the other hand they will soon butter us up that everybody has been drinking GM-milk for many years now anyway.
A survey of the problems of genetic engineering and many opportunities to become active offer the pages of Gendreck-weg.
Another exciting and increasingly creepy chapter is the genetic manipulation of animals.
About this topic you can get broad information from the association Menschen fuer Tierrechte.