gmos‘March Against Monsanto’ Protesters Rally Against U.S. Seed Giant And GMO Products

You might have heard the term “Frankenstein foods” or “GMOs” being used a lot to describe the foods we are eating but don’t really know what it all means. A majority of people I talk to either aren’t aware of what GMOs are or have heard about it but don’t know too much about it. It’s a hot topic and what people don’t realize is that nearly 30 countries have banned imports, distribution, sale, and utilization of genetically modified crops. Some areas that have banned GMOs are:

  • Germany
  • Asia
  • Brazil
  • Europe
  • The Middle East
  • Australia
  • Peru

The majority of foods American’s consume contain genetically modified organisms. More than 70% of our packaged food in super markets contains GMO substances. So what exactly are GMOs and how do they affect our health? According to the non GMO project, “GMOs are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.”

(http://seedfreedom.in/learn/what-is-a-gmo/)

So what exactly does this mean to the average person who knows nothing about GE foods and food safety regulations? There is growing evidence that GE crops are causing environmental damage, serious health complications, and it’s a violation of our consumer rights. The main controversy surrounding GMOs is its unknown effect on human health. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) stated that, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food.” Such health risks include:

  • Infertility
  • Immune problems
  • Allergies
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Accelerated aging
  • Faulty insulin regulation
  • Changes in major organs
  • Gastrointestinal issues

What can we do to prevent getting these serious conditions? First and foremost is putting a label on all products that contain GMOs in it. We have a right to know what is in our foods. Once we know what foods contain genetically modified organisms we can stop purchasing them or at least have the option to pick and choose what we are consuming. By providing a label food companies will begin to notice a drastic reduction in their profits and will be left with no other choice but to stop buying GMO ingredients that they put in their products.  We can also support our local farmers by buying our produce from farmers markets, most of which do not contain GMOs. Purchasing fruits and vegetables from local farmers can help them stay in business and prevent biotech companies from serving us poison. It is very important that we all as a group become more educated about this. If we can start spreading the word and gaining interest we can prevent more GE foods from being made which will result in a healthier lifestyle!

For more information and ways to get involved check out some of these websites:

http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/

http://www.naturalnews.com/GMOs.html

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/10-Reasons-to-Avoid-GMOs

http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/about-gmos.html