About 80% of US processed foods have at least one ingredient with a genetically modified food product like cornstarch, high-fructose corn syrup, or canola oil. The most common GMO (genetically modified organism) foods are corn and soy. Just read most labels and you’ll see some form of corn, soy or other genetically modified food in the product.
What is a Genetically Modified Food and How are Foods Genetically Modified?
When something is genetically modified, genes from one organism are transferred to the nucleus of another organism. This causes the cell to produce new proteins that are unfamiliar to the organism receiving the new material. It’s one of the reasons why someone would develop a food allergy or food sensitivity, which can show itself as a skin reaction, respiratory or circulatory system reaction and so much more. Continue reading “GMOs: What’s the Real Deal?”
If you’re in the Washington DC metro area, you have a chance to learn more about genetically modified organisms, known more simply as GMOs, on Sunday April 14 from 5 – 7 pm with Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT). Hosted in the home of a local couple from McClean, VA, the evening promises to provide insight about the dangers of GMOs and the lack of labeling in this country. Consumers across the US are increasingly concerned that Congress has shielded Monsanto from facing legal action to restrict GMO seeds, found by scientists to be unsafe. Monsanto’s interests are protected, but consumers interests are not.
The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) and its founder Jeffrey Smith have been the leaders in consumer education about the health dangers of genetically modified foods, as well as exposing the heavy-handed methods used by the biotech industry to suppress the evidence of harm. These topics are featured in Jeffrey’s latest documentary, Genetic Roulette—The Gamble of Our Lives, which was awarded 2012 Movie of the Year (Solari Report) and Transformational Film of the Year (AwareGuide Viewers’ Choice). Continue reading “An Evening With Jeffrey Smith, Author of “Seeds of Deception””
After 12 years of fighting this biotech giant, Whole Foods has backed down from trying to stop Monsanto genetically engineered (GE, or GMO) crops from contaminating the nation’s 25,000 organic farms and ranches, saying that GMOs and organic plants have to coexist in this world. Biotechnology is big business. The mother of agricultural technology, Monsanto reported sales of approximately 10.5 billion dollars in 2010. They make Roundup, the name given to the herbicide glyphosate, the most used herbicide on the planet. They also make genetically modified seeds that can tolerate very high doses of Roundup.
Genetically modified seeds or foods are made from genetically modified organisms, commonly known as GMOs. These GMOs have had changes made to their DNA by genetic engineering. The FDA does not regulate GMOs and Monsanto will try to convince you that GMOs are safe and that they are helping stop hunger by providing the capability to grow foods that are hardier and stronger.
This video clip of Robyn O’Brien speaking about our food, and what began to happen to it particularly in the 1990’s, is powerful, educational, inspiring, and so much more. PLEASE watch it. Worth every second.
The inspiring Robyn O’Brien will be a guest on our radio show August 21st. Mark your calenders – it will be worth the listen!
I don’t think you should mess with nature. We have more than enough food on this planet to feed everyone thousands of times over, yet we still believe that tampering with nature is going to help with food quality and quantity. AquaBounty Technologies announced that they have genetically engineered a faster-growing Atlantic farm salmon that they want to make available in grocery stores. The FDA has just concluded 2 days of hearings to try to determine if this “frankenfish” is safe. For the time being, permission has not been granted to proceed, as the FDA is asking for more research. But we surely have not heard the end of this.
There has been much resistance to allowing GMO fish to enter our food supply. Some arguments include:
1. Genetically altered salmon will not have to be labeled as GMO. If AquaBounty Technologies can prove that it’s “safe,” the FDA would require no further labeling.
2. AquaBounty and their advocates can’t prove that it is safe in the long run. GMO salmon could have a big impact at both environmental and human levels.
3. Farmed salmon in general have been found to be less safe to eat than wild caught salmon, as they have a higher concentration of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the concentrated fish meal used to create their feed.