Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
Recently, Consumer Reports has pin-pointed exactly what GMOs are, why they are causing so much controversy and what actions consumers are taking to raise consciousness about their place in our food.
What are GMO’s?
Genetically modified organisms are created by altering the genetic makeup of an organism with the DNA of another organism such as a plant, animal, bacteria or virus. GMO’s where created so that crops could defend themselves against herbicides that would normally hinder their development.
Recent studies on animals consuming GMOs have suggested that genetically modified foods may have a negative impact on one’s immune system, liver and kidneys. Unfortunately, the government has taken few measures in restricting the use of genetically modified organisms in our food.
In recent reports, Dr. Michael Hansen, an expert on genetically modified crops, states: “There hasn’t been enough research to determine whether GMO’s are harmful to people, but scientists around the world agree that GMOs have the potential to introduce allergens and create other unintended changes that may affect health.”
Many people unknowingly consume GMO’s; according to the USDA, 89% of crops in America are genetically modified to be herbicide tolerant.
It is important to make educated choices regarding the foods we consume on a daily basis “GMO verification” allows us to identify which foods have been have been genetically modified.
We strive to help you become aware of genetically modified organisms and where they are found in foods.
Food Facts and Tips:
Look for these logos verified by the USDA Organic guidelines, which forbid the use of GMOs. All products with this seal have been verified non-GMO, meaning their ingredients contain no more than .09% of GMOs.
Crops grown with a genetically modified seed may include corn, edamame, Hawaiian papaya, zucchini and yellow summer squash. Additionally, 94% of soy crops have been known to be genetically modified.
Animal products such as milk, eggs and meat may have come from animals that were given GMO fodder. Verify that these types of products are organic or non-GMO.
Be sure to check out the Non-GMO Project website at http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/ for a full list of restaurants and foods that abstain from using GMO’s.