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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

What Is the Big Deal With GMO's?

For those of you who don't know, it is National Non-GMO (GMO = genetically modified organisms) Month. If you don't know what I am talking about, then it is time to get informed, since you probably eat GMO's every single day! If you want the full low-down, check out my post Danger of GMO's.

Genetic Engineering(GE) or Genetic Modification(GM) of food involves the laboratory process of artificially inserting genes into the DNA of food crops or animals. The result is a GMO. What they are doing is merging the DNA from different species, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. I don't know about you, but that doesn't sit well with me!

Today, genetically modified crops dominate within our food system with over 90% of national corn and soybean production now GMO. It's an issue that affects all of us, although most know very little about it. Check out this awesome infographic about this important topic -
The prevalence of GMO's in our food system is ultimately up to us (consumers) to demand increased transparency and national labeling for GMO products. Remember, you vote with your dollars every time you go grocery shopping!

Especially with Halloween later this month, it's time for us to think more critically about what we're encouraging our children to eat:

Top 10 Most Common GMO Ingredients in Halloween Candy
1. Sugar (GMO sugar beets)
2. High fructose corn syrup (GMO corn)
3. Corn starch (GMO corn)
4. Soy lecithin (GMO soy)
5. Soy bean oil (GMO soy)
6. Modified food starch (GMO corn)
7. Fructose, dextrose, glucose (GMO corn)
8. Cotton seed oil (GMO cotton)
9. Canola oil (GMO canola)
10. “Other” ingredients: isolates, isoflavones, food starch, vegetable oil

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