GMOs in Our Food: What you Need to Know and Why

I clearly remember the day I first learned about genetically modified food. I was sitting in on one of my nutrition classes and my professor was informing us that the U.S. had begun to genetically alter our food crops. This meant that we could have larger, perfect tomatoes. We could feed more people on less land. We could grow food all year round that was immune to drought and increasing climate change and resistant to pesticides. What wasn’t clear were safety concerns and what long-term effects were going to happen.

Risks of GMO Foods

Now, 20 years later since the introduction of these foods, we know that GMOs impact our health. There are definite associations between consumption of GMO foods and the increases we are seeing in asthma, autism, allergies and sensitivities, skin eruptions, behavior problems and cancer (breast, prostate, colon). Yet, the USDA doesn’t require safety studies for GMOs. An alarming new study shows that a variety of corn engineered by Monsanto has been linked to mammary tumors, kidney and liver damage and other serious illnesses in the first ever peer-reviewed, long-term animal study of GMO foods.

Most Common GMO Foods

Today, the majority of our food is genetically modified. Even foods we think are healthy (click here for some eye-opening ones). The most common are baby formula, corn (and all corn derivatives like corn syrup), soy, cottonseed oil, canola oil, and sugar.

How can you tell which foods have GMOs in them? You can’t unless they are marked “Certified GMO FREE” or are “ORGANIC.” The Institute for Responsible Technology provides a handy non-GMO Shopping Guide.

Just Label It

The U.S. government doesn’t require labeling of GMOs even though they’re clearly labeled in Europe and 40 other nations. Some European countries have even banned the use of GMOs. That’s why there’s a movement to push the US government to label foods that contain GMOs. In fact 88% of Americans would like to see GMO foods labeled. In this way, consumers have a choice to purchase that GMO food or not. Monsanto is the biggest GMO supplier in the US. The food industry feels that labeling foods GMO will hurt sales and drive food prices up.

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What’s your opinion on GMOs? Would you like to see the US Government label them?

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