When you pop in those earbuds for cycling and set out for your daily ride, what are you expecting? Well, if you are like most cyclists, your expectations are for a nice peaceful ride that gets your body some much needed exercise, gets you in tune with nature and maybe even gets you a little Vitamin D from the sunlight. Possibly the last thing to ever appear on your list of expectations is inhaling the pollen from those genetically modified crops in the field that you ride past. But with an ever increasing amount of land being allotted to growing those GMO crops, inhaling that possibly toxic pollen is just what could be happening when you take those rides.
Over the recent years, the anti-GMO grassroots movement has been steadily growing. It is being primarily fueled by people who want to be able to eat food that has not been modified in any way. Why? Because there are some health concerns when it comes to putting this possibly harmful “food” into our bodies. But as more and more awareness grows out of this grassroots movement, cyclists and other people who might come into contact with the GMO pollen and pesticides are becoming aware of it’s potentially ill health effects.
In fact, a recent article in Discover Magazine notes that this grassroots anti-GMO movement has really been gaining some ground in 2013. But unlike some of the anti-GMO activism that has been going on in Europe in recent years, the grassroots activists in the United States are not taking to the fields to destroy crops and generally vandalizing the areas where these crops are being grown. Instead, the activists that are a part of this movement here in the United States are going about it in an entirely different direction. They are seeking out lobbying groups and law makers who can assist them in finally getting some legal groundwork laid when it comes to these genetically modified crops.
Like many concerned citizens across the world, the anti-GMO movement in the United States points to the fact that there just is not enough science available to determine the safety of these genetically modified crops. According to that same article in Discover Magazine, the number of crops that are genetically modified and being grown in the United States is staggering. As of late 2013, it amounts to 90 percent of all the soy, cotton and corn planted in the country. So, if you are a cyclist who rides by any of those fields, then there is the potential for some possibly ill health effects over the long term.
So far, only animal studies on the GMO crops and have been and they have shown some alarming results. These studies are being used by the growing anti-GMO grassroots movement as a reason for needed regulation on the crops and seeds. It remains to be seen what, if any, legal steps will be taken to control or limit the prevalence of these crops in the United States. One thing is certain, however, that this grassroots movement is only getting stronger.