GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism and is most often referred to when it comes to our foods.
The DNA from other plants, viruses, animals and bacteria are injected into the cells of existing species. This is supposed to make them more resistant to the rain, drought, pests, etc. Up until this point, these viruses and bacteria have never been a part of the human food supply.
2. What’s so bad about them?
At face value this might sound great, but there are risks that are involved in such technology. GMOs have not been proven safe and have significant restrictions or outright banned in over 30 countries across the globe.
They are widely grown and used in the food supply in the United States and there is no way for us to know. GMOs should be labeled, so we can make decisions for ourselves. Whether they are good or bad is a moot point. It’s a right to know issue.
3. What are the most common GMO crops?
According to the Just Label It campaign:
59% of sugar produced in the US is made from sugar beets and 90% of the beets are genetically engineered
Over 90% of canola oil is genetically engineered
90% of the cotton planted in the US is genetically modified
94% of all soybeans planted in the US are genetically modified
88% of US Corn is genetically modified
4. Just say NO!
More information on what GMOs are
The Good Human: What Are GMOs and Why You Should Avoid Them
NonGMOProject: About GMOs
5. If GMOs aren’t considered safe, why would government allow them in our food system?
“The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires the FDA to prevent consumer deception by clarifying that a food label is misleading if it omits significant, “material” information,” said Naomi Starkman founder of Civil Eats and contributor to the Just Label It campaign.
In 1992, the FDA determined that GE Foods were “substantially equivalent” to conventionally produced foods, so there was no material difference – and no labeling was required. After almost 20 years, this policy is still in effect today.” Courtesy seedsnow