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Valentine's Day Chocolate is Mostly Genetically Modified Corn, Soybeans, Synthetic Hormones

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On Valentine’s Day, people will buy more than 58 million pounds of chocolate, which isn't actually pure chocolate.

GMO Inside, a campaign to advance the right of consumers to know whether or not foods are genetically engineered, reports that Hershey and Mars manufacture 70 percent of U.S. chocolate, which is actually made from genetically modified (GMO) corn and soybeans.

Hershey and Mars spent more than a million dollars to oppose Prop. 37, which would have required GMO labeling in California, in November 2012.  Prop. 37 failed thanks to alarmist ads warning consumers how their grocery bills would skyrocket if food that was genetically modified had to be labeled as such.

ThinkProgress.org reports that milk chocolate probably contains milk from cows injected with the Monsanto Company's hormone rBGH.

rBGH stands for 'recombinant bovine growth hormone' and is a synthetic hormone that is marketed to dairy farmers to increase milk production.

Hormone rBGH was banned in the European Union, Japan, Australia, and Canada because of the risks associated with increased hormones in cows and humans.

However, Hormone rBGH was approved in the U.S. when a Monsanto employee, Margaret Miller, joined the FDA and actually gave approval to her own Monsanto report on hormone rBGH.

While there is no evidence that GMO chocolate will cause harm to humans, consumers should know that GMOs were marketed in the 1990s to cut down on toxic pesticides.

Ironically, GMO seeds have lead to evolved pests with a high tolerance for pesticides. This means companies will use more toxic chemicals than ever before.

Sources: GMO Inside and ThinkProgress.org

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