Thursday, January 5, 2012

Say NO to GMO!

What the heck is GMO anyway?  A Genetically Modified Organism, according to wikipedia, "is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes."

GMO seeds are genetically modified seeds.  WHAT? They want to do WHAT to my food? 

Natural News has LOTS of useful information:

"The US food supply is riddled with GMOs, and most people are completely unaware of this
There are still no federal, state, or even local requirements that GMOs be labeled. Monsanto and the other biotechnology giants have blocked all attempted efforts at GMO labeling thus far. Many Americans simply have no idea that they even exist. This is, of course, how Monsanto and other purveyors of GMOs have gotten away with converting the vast majority of US staple crops like corn, soy, and canola to GM varieties over the years, and sneaking them into a wide array of conventional, processed foods.

Many people that are aware of GMOs are under the false impression that if "frankencrops" are being used in the food supply, then they must be safe. Such an idea is propagated by the mainstream media and by many in the mainstream scientific circles, but it has no basis in reality, of course.

And this is precisely the point of GMO Awareness Week -- to spread the truth about GMOs to as many people as possible with the hope that, eventually, we will get them properly labeled. Once labeled, millions of Americans will choose to avoid products containing GMOs, and instead choose non-GMO products. In the end, non-GMO and organic will win out because, as many public polls have already shown, the vast majority of Americans are opposed to genetic modification of food ("

1 comment:

Right to Know GMOs San Francisco Bay Area said...

Just a note that the best way to avoid GMOs at the moment is by becoming familiar with all of the crops that are currently genetically engineered, and all the hidden ingredients that are created from these crops. Some are obvious if you know which crops are modified - corn syrup, soy lecithin, etc. - but others are sneakier, like modified food starch or cellulose.

I recommend taking a look at the Non-GMO Shopping Guide - it lists brands/products that are GMO free, and on the last page there's a list of hidden ingredients to watch out for. You can download it at: