Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs): Organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally. This allows selected individual genes to be transferred from one organism into another, also between non-related species.
How common are they?
- It is estimated that 75% of all processed foods in America contain GMOs
- In 2009, 93% of soy, 93% of cotton, and 86% of corn grown in the U.S. were GMO
- Over 90% of canola
Why should you “Say No” to GMOs?
- Potential health effects:
- Cause cancer
- Contribute to food allergies (Fact: After GM soy was introduced in the UK, soy allergies increased by 50%)
- Cause damage to your immune system
- Create super-viruses
- Cause outbreaks of Morgellons Disease
- Harm wildlife: Wastes from GM corn impairs the growth of aquatic insects.
- Effects on Insects: Has been shown to be lethal to Monarch butterflies, lacewings and ladybird beetles.
- Problems for Organic/Sustainable Farming: Entire future of organic farming is being threatened because pollen transfers by insects/wind from GE crops to organic farms
- 18% of all GM seeds have been engineered to produce their own pesticides: Research shows that they may continue producing pesticides inside your body once you’ve eaten the food grown from them.
How can you avoid GMOs?
9 out of 10 Americans want Genetically Modified foods labeled. Despite this, there are currently no laws in place that require labeling of GMO products. In the meantime:
- Avoid processed foods. Most of these contain corn and soy products.
- Buy Organic: Law says certified organic food must be free of all GMOs
- Ingredients to watch out for: xanthan gum, maltodextrin, soy lecithin, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame
- Use the Non-GMO Shopping Guide (they even have an iPhone App!)
How can you help stop this global, uncontrolled experiment?
GMOs are both detrimental to our environment and wildlife, and threatening to our very existence as a species. Visit some of these great resources to learn more information and how you can help:
- Millions Against Monsanto
- Non-GMO Project
- The Institute for Responsible Technology
- Seeds of Deception