Alfalfa is the fourth-biggest U.S. crop by acreage, 20 million acres of GMO; only about 250,000 acres of alfalfa are farmed organically. That makes organic farms a minority in the agricultural planting world. And you know how much say minorities get in the scheme of things. It's not just alfalfa. The vast majority of corn, soybeans and cotton grown in the U.S. are now genetically modified.
Regardless of your stand on the merits (or risks) of genetically modified food, it's got to at least be a tad disconcerting to witness the increasing monopolization of an entire country's food production, ceding control over the choice of what one eats to a few giant corporations, because they need more profits. They not only want to dictate what kind of crops are planted but restrict the public's choice by refusing to allow GMO products to be labeled as such. Affixing a label on a food product that indicates it is non-GMO, they believe, hurts business. Consumers might balk at buying food if they think it's been, well, "altered", or had things like pesticides put into them.
Europe isn't so sure. They have to be convinced. Ergo, send in the bullies. In 2007, the U.S. "targeted" the European Union over their reluctance to promote and plant genetically modified crops. It was recommended that a list of countries be compiled for 'retaliation' over their opposition to GMO. A leaked Wikileaks document shows U.S. diplomats worked directly for GM companies, including Monsanto, to pressure foreign governments to relax regulatory rules. Bribe, pressure, strongarm. Bullies rule the world today. And if you don't let them get their way and do what they want, they'target' you, for 'retaliation.'
Crops in the U.S. that are currently genetically modified:
Soybeans, 93%, Corn, 86%, Cottonseed oil, 93%, Sugar Beets, 95% (planting halted in 2010. Now set to go again), Papaya, 80%, Canola oil, 83%, Rice (3 new genes implanted, two from daffodils and one from a bacterium. Forecast to be on the market next year),Squash, 13%. 
That's why they call them Frankenfish. They're not normal. Skeletal malformations, increased prevalence of jaw erosions and multi-systemic inflammation have been found in GMO fish. Humpback spinal compression deformities, too. Not to worry, though. They're bigger and fatter.
"In Chile, where most of our factory-farmed salmon come from, up to 80 percent of the salmon suffer from a condition called 'screamer disease,' where severe facial disfigurements lock their jaws permanently open."
Each to his own choice. The problem is, choice is being taken away from the consumer because the government refuses to label food products that have been genetically modified. They don't want non-GMO foods labeled as "GMO Free" either, as that has a negative connotation. It suggests GMO foods are somehow, er, not healthy for you.
So they want not only to control what you eat but to restrict your choice not to buy GMO products if you prefer not to.
Imagine: powerful, cash-dispensing, arm-twisting bullies afraid customers might not want to eat food that's been genetically tampered with. But it's for your own good, they counter. It's the wave of the Future! Disagreement is not tolerated, apparently. Choice is not an option. Welcome to the You-Will-Eat-What-We-Say-You-Eat World.
Some are registering their displeasure through humor:
In the pipeline for the future --
Ridicule is not going to faze them. Eating only organic (where you can find it) is very expensive. Growing your own food helps, but you still gotta "go to the store" for some things. Insisting that GMO food be labeled as such so consumers can choose not to buy GMO food if they want, should be a basic right. Right? In the perfect world, perhaps.
Yum, box-raised, tortured chicken with tomato and trout genes soaked with triple MSG. Yum, snail broccoli and human-gene spliced potato.
Look, Ma, my tomato has fins.