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On The Menu: Genetically Modified Organisms

66% of those who participated in a poll in the U.S. showed a preference for manufacturer’s food labels to reveal what products contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Since over 90% of U.S. corn crops are genetically modified, it is no wonder more insightful consumers are in support of transparent food labeling.

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Genetically modified foods are among us and have been for some time, and you might not even know you are ingesting the experimental fares.

In primary school you may have learned that by putting a seed in a cup, providing good dirt, water and sunlight you would soon have a sprout that would grow into a plant. This might evoke the thought that nourishing growth is both simple as well as miraculous.

GMOs are a long way from the notion of that little cup.

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GMOs have been found to sometimes contain different proteins than non-chemically engineered foods. This can cause allergies for those who are sensitive to these changed proteins.

Further, insecticide proteins from GMO crops have reportedly been found in the bloodstream of pregnant women, as well as their unborn children. Though it was not clear if this finding was due to actual ingestion of GMO products or from another exposure to GMO in the environment, either one is scary.

Testing of GMO foods also have other disturbing conclusions, including horizontal gene transfer. Simply put, this is where an organism’s DNA is transported to another organism by other than reproductive means, and is then detectable in their system (GMO Myths and Truths).

Thankfully, things are being done to bring awareness to the masses, and your dinner table.

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The Non-GMO Project, based in North America and Canada, is a non-profitable association that aims to inform consumers of alterations to their food sources and clearly classify non-GMO foods.

They identify adulterated products, which is a problem when trying to make sure items remain free of GMOs, since cross-pollination and contamination from other food supply areas can occur. They confirm products by labeling, as well as providing education to public and commercial consumers about GMOs, their effects and alternate processes.

They also make brand lists available for companies that offer non-GMO items. For product information or to see the current breakdown by brand, check out their listings.

Affiliated with the Non-GMO Project, FoodChain ID directs product authentication, providing insight into the process with 10 Steps to Successful Non-GMO Verification.

Also, GMO Awareness has compiled a thorough collection of relevant resources including apps.


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