Recently I have become interested in the Non-Genetically Modified Organism movement. Watching numerous Netflix documentaries on the topic and researching the issue has made me realize there is very little awareness of this issue.
Genetically Modified Organisms known as GMOs include the alteration of DNA of our food supply. This includes many common food sources such as tomatoes,corn, soy, etc. which are pretty much all ingredients in many of our pantry items. Monsanto is the leading corporation producing these GMO seeds and stocking supermarket shelves with these foods.
According to the Center for Food Safety, “Currently, up to 92% of U.S. corn is genetically engineered (GE), as are 94% of soybeans and 94% of cotton (cottonseed oil is often used in food products). It has been estimated that upwards of 75% of processed foods on supermarket shelves – from soda to soup, crackers to condiments – contain genetically engineered ingredients.”
The DNA alteration in these foods include the insertion of Roundup. Yes, that is right the weed and grass killer many of us use to maintain our lawns. This is so that the crops become weed resistant and survive the harvest to produce more corn. It is all about the money honey. European countries have banned the use of GMOs completely. When will the U.S. wake up to this ongoing real threat?
Many health concerns have come up with the use of GMOs. A researcher in France named Séralini conducted a study of the health affects of GMOs on rats who were fed it for 2 years. Monsanto, the big kahuna in the GMO world conducted the same study prior to Séralini but for only 90 days. Séralini’s study showed that 90-day tests commonly done on GMO foods are not long enough to see long-term effects like cancer, organ damage, and premature death. The first tumors only appeared 4-7 months into the study.
Labeling of foods have been a big issue that many people want. In the U.S. legislation is trying to pass the DARK Act (Deny Americans the Right to Know). This is where no labeling is required for any food put out for consumers. People should have a choice of what kind of food they feed their children by being able to identify GMO vs. Non-GMO foods. When grocery shopping one must look for the Non-GMO project verified label.
Many chronic health problems arise from what we eat. We must become more conscious and aware of what we are putting into our bodies and feeding our children. First thing is spreading awareness and education of this issue. If you are interested in learning more watch a documentary on Netflix called GMO OMG.