A Chemical World

Most countries outside the USA restrict or ban the production and sale of GMOs. What are GMOs? They are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes can’t concur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. A growing number of evidence connects genetically modified organisms with health problems and environmental damage. Over 80% of GMOs grown are engineered for herbicide tolerance. GMO crops are responsible for the emergence of super weeds and super bugs which can only be killed with more toxic poisons and are developed and controlled by the biggest chemical companies. In the USA, the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale.

What can we do about this? Even though polls have shown that a majority of Americans are curious if they’re purchasing foods with GMOs, the all powerful biotech lobby has kept this information from the public. If people stop buying products with GMOs, companies will stop using them and farmers will stop growing them. It can be difficult for the consumer to stay up to date on food ingredients that are at risk of being genetically modified as the list of at-risk agricultural ingredients are frequently changing. These products are segmented into two groups according to the Non-GMO Project Organization; those at high risk  currently in commercial production and those that have a monitored risk due to contaminants or crops that have been cross-pollinated with modified relatives. The Non-GMO’s mission offers consumers verification of products produced according to vigorous practices for GMO avoidance. You can find their list on their web site, http://www.nongmoproject.org.

High Risk Crops include: corn, alfalfa, canola, cotton, papaya, soy, sugar beets, zucchini, and yellow squash. Monitored crops: chard, beets, rutabaga, bok choy, Chinese cabbage, Siberian kale, turnip, acorn squash, flax, rice, and wheat. Look at labels in the stores and you will find a huge quality of products contain corn, rice, and wheat. If that isn’t bad enough there are ingredients derived from GMO risk crops such as: amino acids, aspartame, sodium citrate, ethanol, high fructose corn syrup, lactic acid, monosodium glutamate, sucrose, xanthan gum, etc. How can we stay away from GMOs when they are in everything we consume and buy? The logical solution is to grow our own food, but in today’s busy world that is almost impossible. The next best thing to do is to buy organic foods, read the labels on everything we purchase, and follow up with the non-GMO project’s lists until these GMO companies are defeated.

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