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GMO’s/ Genetically Modified Foods & YOU

Most people have heard of GMO’s, but are you aware that most processed foods in the U.S. contain genetically engineered ingredients, and that GMO’s can likely lead to serious health risks?

GMO’s, or genetically modified organisms, were first introduced in the mid-1990’s.  GMO’s are also referred to as genetically engineered food and are unofficially called ‘frankenfood’.  Currently, there aren’t any human clinical trials of GMO’s, and companies aren’t required to label their products as containing genetically engineered ingredients.  One way to be certain that your food doesn’t contain GMO’s is to buy certified organic products.  Organic standards don’t allow the use of GM seeds, and most certified organic companies keep cross-pollination from farms that use GM seeds below .1%.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) is a renowned physicians organization that reports: ‘several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food’.  The AAEM asks physicians to advise patients to avoid genetically modified foods which have been linked to infertility, toxic and allergic reactions, damaged organs, poor insulin regulation and gastrointestinal damage.  However, they claim that discontinued use of GM foods will not reverse any prior damage.

The AAEM states that commercialized genetically modified crops in the U.S. include sugar beets (95%), corn (88%), canola (90%), soy (94%), zucchini and yellow squash and more.  Crops such as corn and soy can appear in many forms including, but not limited to oils, flours, soy lecithin, cornstarch, and corn syrup.

To learn which foods contain GMO’s, check out the free software application ShopNoGMO* which you can refer to while grocery shopping or dining out.  Features of the app include: a list of hidden ingredients, tips for avoiding GMO’s, and a searchable database of brands for over twenty food categories.

GMO’s are also harmful to the environment through crop and pollen contamination, from deaths in livestock who graze on contaminated crop and causes contamination to nearby water.  The damage to the environment is likely to be long-term and irreversible.

To learn more about GMO’s, check out Just Label It – a site dedicated to the campaign for food safety, labeling, and transparency.

Get involved – Take action! Learn more about your state’s GMO label legislation.

To learn more about genetically engineered foods and labeling, visit Just Label It.org, a campaign that is dedicated to raising awareness and petitioning new label laws.

Sources:

http://www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html

http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education

http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/dangers-to-the-environment

*ShopNoGMO is by Plum Amazing

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This entry was posted on May 22, 2012 by in Advocacy, food justice, food + ag politics, GMO's, Label Laws and tagged .

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