What exactly is GMO food?
So much of the food we eat has been corrupted by GMOs.
What exactly is GMO food? It’s a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of alteration is experimental and not found in nature. Here’s a frightening example for you; genetically modified corn has been engineered in a laboratory to produce pesticides in its own tissue. In fact, that pesticide is derived from ecoli bacteria; so if you eat that corn, or maize, you are in fact eating a derivative of ecoli bacteria.
Unlike the strict safety evaluations supposedly required for the approval of new drugs (which frankly lets drugs lose on the public that years later are proven to be, let’s say, not that safe), the safety of genetically engineered foods for human consumption has not been adequately tested. In fact, to date, there haven’t been any long term studies done to determine the safely of ingesting genetically engineered foods.
The United States and Canada do NOT require labeling of genetically modified foods while 50 countries have significant restrictions or bans on GMOs. These countries include UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Mexico.
What in the world is wrong with this country? You think you are free? Are you free if you are being fed genetically altered food without being told it’s in your food supply?
You can be sold a GM (Genetically Modified) food without being told as long as it’s not too different in chemical composition from foods already on the market. The testing done (which, by the way is done by the manufacturer…there’s a dope slap, America) is done only to determine unexpected changes from the unmodified food for a very limited number of issues such as toxins, nutrients or allergens. No further food safety testing is required as long as these tests show no significant difference between the modified and unmodified products.
How do I protect myself and my family from GMO food?
To protect yourself and your family, you need to look for products (including organic products) that feature the NON-GMO Project Verified Seal to be sure that at-risk ingredients have been tested for GMO content.
On the right, you’ll see an opportunity for you to receive your own copy of the NON-GMO Shopping Guide compiled by IRT, Institute for Responsible Technology. Get it, print it out and keep it with you to guide you as you go food shopping to help make your life a GMO free zone!
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