Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are plants and animals that have had their genes engineered by inserting DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other plants and animals. They are experimental combinations of genes, and these engineered organisms, which are manipulated by humans, do not occur in nature.
Almost all commercial GMOs are created to withstand herbicides or to produce an insecticide to decrease the amount of farm maintenance required to grow food. However, growing evidence connects GMOs with health issues and environmental damage. When we change the DNA of food we have been eating for thousands of years, we are likely to change how our bodies react to and process that food.
We have a right to know what we are putting in and on our bodies. However, there is no requirement that GMO-containing foods and products be labeled as such, and though consumers have called for this information, agricultural and biotech lobbies have successfully kept it from the public. You may be eating GMOs and not even know it.
However, we do know that some crops are more likely to contain GMOs. The lists below provide some insight into what we’re really eating. The following information comes from http://seedsofdeception.com and was accessed January 8, 2014.
Currently Commercialized GM Crops in the US:
(Number in parentheses represents the estimated percentage that is genetically modified.)
Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%)
Alfalfa, zucchini, and yellow squash (small amount)
Food items that may contain GMOs:
Hamburgers and hot dogs
Baking powder (sometimes contains corn starch)
Powdered/Confectioner’s sugar (often contains corn starch)
Vanilla extract (sometimes contains corn syrup)
Non-Food Items That May Contain GM Ingredients:
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