What are GMOs? Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are plants that have artificially inserted genes. To make GMOs resistant to pesticides, they are created by splicing genes from different species and combining them through genetic engineering. This is impossible to do in nature. The genes, called transgene, come from different kinds of plants, animals, viruses or bacteria. There are a lot of concerns with the safety of GMO products and the affects of GMOs on the environment and our bodies.
Fact 1: GMO’s are prohibited in organic products. Organic farmers are not allowed to use GMO seeds, GMO alfalfa and corn are not allowed to be used to feed organic cows, and a producer of organic foods is not allowed to use any GMO products.
Fact 2: Most GM crops have a built in pesticide, when bugs try to consume the GM produce the toxins ingested will explode their stomach and kill the bugs. Because of this a mutation of “Super-bugs” that are resistant to the GMO crops have evolved and require the use of extra pesticides.
Fact 3: Herbicide Tolerant Crops, such as; Round Up ready corn, canola, soybeans and Bacillus thuringiensis corn and cotton are the most widely used GMO products. Other popular GMO products are flax, sugar beets, zucchini, summer squash and rice.
Fact 4: There have not been any long term studies conducted on the safety of Genetically Modified Organisms for human consumption. In the United States, the government has approved GMOs based on the studies that were done by the same companies that produce the GMOs and collect the profits from them.
Fact 5: Raw Wisdom, has speculated that the use of GMO’s may increase the risk of breast cancer. Monsanto started using GM recombinant bovine growth hormone which is a harmful alternative to growth hormones that helps dairy cows produce more milk. This increases the IGF-1 from 70 percent to 1,000 percent. Samuel Epstein of the University of Colorado has linked IGF-1 to a four times increase in the risk of developing breast cancer.
Fact 6: Canada and the United States are the only countries that do not require Genetically Modified products to be labeled on the packaging of the products. In 64 countries there are restrictions or even bans on GMOs, which is over 40% of the world’s population.
Fact 7: Foods that are consumed on a daily basis, like dairy products, meat, eggs, honey and even the pollen in the air contains traces of GM substances. It is almost impossible to avoid GMOs exposure.
Fact 8: Organic produce and GMO produce can cross pollinate. Organic farmers try to plant earlier so that cross pollination between the two doesn’t happen.
Fact 9: There are several movies, books and scientific research papers dedicated to educating individuals about GMOs.
Movies: Genetic Roulette, Food Inc. and The World According to Monsanto.
Books: Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette by Jeffrey Smith, Seeds of Destruction by F.William Enghdahl
Scientific Research: GMO Myths & Truths by EarthOpenSource.
Fact 10: How can you avoid GMOs? As much as 80% of conventional processed food has GMO ingredients in the United States. Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified Label on products to try to avoid your intake of GMOs. The Non-GMO Project Verified Label requires that every group of major risk ingredient used in a verified product, such as; those derived from corn, soy or canola is tested before it is used, and meets a standard of below 0.9%.
For a complete list of Non-GMO Project Verified Products, visit the website: www.nongmoproject.org