10 Things You Need To Know About GMOs

California’s Prop 37, requiring labeling of genetically engineered food, was defeated. However, the controversy over GMO safety is still at large. Here are ten facts to consider before choosing GMO instead of organic:

  • GMO or genetically modified organisms are created in “the process of forcing genes from one species into another entirely unrelated species. Unlike cross breeding or hybridization—both of which involve two related species and have been done without ill effects for centuries—genetic engineering forcefully breaches the naturally-occuring barriers between species (http://gmo-awareness.com/all-about-gmos/gmo-defined/).

  • “Ten years ago, in 1996, scientists introduced chemical toxins into seeds, due to growing concern over the spraying of industrial pesticides” (allergykids.com).

  • The long-term effects of GMO consumption are not fully known.  However, the levels of cancer and food-related allergies has increased significantly in the past ten years.

  • Despite nearly 50 developed countries such as Australia, Japan, and all of the European Union’s belief that GMOs are unsafe, the United States government has approved GMOs based on the research developed by the same corporations that create and profit from GMOs (nongmoproject.org).

  • If you are eating processed foods, corn, soy, sugar beets, salmon, zucchini and yellow squash, etc., chances are you are eating GMO. Farm animals used for meat, dairy, and eggs also become contaminated through the consumption of GMO feed.

  • “The “Monsanto Protection Act” effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified (aka GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future” (http://www.ibtimes.com/monsanto-protection-act-5-terrifying-things-know-about-hr-933-provision-1156079).

  • Monsanto ranks as the number one company for GMO production. Monsanto started out as a chemical company creating Agent Orange and then the herbicide Roundup, rebranding itself as a bio-agricultural company. However, they aren’t the only ones; find a complete list here.

  • Why can’t GMO and organic coexist? Cross-pollination from GMO crop harvests and pollen contaminates neighboring organic farms, destroying not only the organic crop but also the seed. Not only does this threaten the livelihood of organic farmers, but the opportunity for true organic produce becomes narrower and narrower.

  • GMOs are not labeled in the United States. If it is not labeled organic, chances are it is a GMO. “Buying 100% Organic, Certified Organic, and USDA Organic-labeled products is usually the easiest way to identify and avoid genetically modified ingredients.”  However, there are some caveats to be aware of; learn about them at gmo-awareness.com.

  • The proliferation of GMOs is promoted by the corporations’ destruction of healthy agricultural practices and consumer ignorance of the consequences of their choices. Here are 15 ways to speak out against GMOs.