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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

How to Know If You Are Eating GMO Foods




Have you heard of GMO foods? These are “foods” that are genetically modified organisms. And big agricultural corporations like Monsanto have been very aggressive in developing GMO crops and practically forcing farmers to grow these crops by way of suing non compliant farmers who do not buy their seed. There have been several films made about this practice, like Food, Inc., King Corn, and The Future of Food. The result is that today, most agricultural crops are typically grown with GMO seed including corn, wheat, rice, and soybean, the staples of the US food supply. And, GMO is found in meat and dairy since animals eat GMO grains and grasses. So that means that most of the foods sold in any supermarket, even including supposed “natural” markets like Whole Foods, are GMO foods. So far, huge corporations like Monsanto and Coco Cola have poured money into blocking any state from enacting required labeling of GMO foods since they don’t want consumers to know the truth of what is in their foods and suffer the possible repercussions of lower sales.
So, how does a conscious consumer differentiate between GMO foods and non GMO foods? Right now the only way to be sure that you are not consuming GMO foods is to shop for certified organic foods. A certified organic food cannot contain genetically modified organisms. So that means that any food that is not organic is very likely a GMO food.
Some people wonder if they should care whether they are eating GMO foods or not. My perspective is that everyone should care what food they put in their bodies, especially when it comes to GMO foods. Compared to all other foods, GMO foods are not found in nature, as they are purely a concoction of humankind. And, the most startlingly thing about GMO is that NO testing is required by the government to test the safety or effects of eating GMO foods before they are brought to the marketplace. So, this means that if you are eating GMO foods, you are a guinea pig upon which corporations are testing there laboratory developed products. I believe that people should at the very least be given the choice to decide what type of food they want to eat, GMO or non GMO.

If you want to be really confident that a particular brand is GMO free, please visit Non GMO Project's Verified Products section of their website for a complete list. Here is the link: http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/
If you want to lend your voice to requiring GMO labeling of foods, please tell your representative to support the Genetically Engineered Foods Right to Know Act. Here is the link: http://www.greenamerica.org/about/newsroom/editorials/Genetically-Engineered-Food-Right-to-Know-Act.cfm

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