Saturday, March 31, 2012

GMOs, what are they anyway and why we should care

The Non-GMO Project Executive Director Megan Westgate advocates for informed consumer choice and healthy food. She helped start the Non-GMO Project after her work at Food Conspiracy Co-op in Tucson, AZ revealed how challenging it was for shoppers to avoid GMOs. She lives in Bellingham. WA, where she and her husband grow non-GMO organic food on their 5-acre homestead.

What exactly are GMOs?- GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are organisms that have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology  (also called genetic engineering or GE). This relatively new science merges DNA from different species, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional cossbreeding.
The Non-GMO Project is committed to empowering consumers with choices and information. Here is only one (among several) especially  helpful resource:

What are Genetically Modified Foods? -Ask and listen to the people:

GMO CROPS in the USA. The following figures indicate what percentage of each crop was planted in GMO form in 2010:
Sugar Beet 95%
Cotton 93%
Soy 93%
Canola 90%
Corn 86%
Other GMO crops that are grownn commercially include alfalfa, Hawaiiana papaya, zucchini, and summer squash.
According to researches who published the following information in the Ocean Beach People's Organic Food-Co-op bulletin, there are mainly 6 reasons why NOT to eat Genetically Engineered (GE) foods:

GMOS have not been properly tested -We are the test subjects
May create new toxins harmful to human health
Contaminates the environment
Damage to the soil
Food allergies
The problem of unintended consequences

The Monsanto Company is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation, and it is also the leading producer of genetically engineered seed. It provides the technology in 90% of the genetically engineered seeds used in the US market. It is headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri.
China outlawed genetically  modified grains WHY can't we? This article explains:

The TRUTH about Genetically Modified Engineered foods; it is UGLY:'s%20not%20pretty

Jeffrey Smith's book: Seeds of deception, the dangers of GMOS"

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