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What are GMO’s?
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
What are common GM crops?
- Alfalfa(first planting 2011)
- Canola(approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
- Corn(approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Cotton(approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Papaya(most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
- Soy(approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Sugar Beets(approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
- Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash(approx. 25,000 acres
Are GMO ingredients safe?
Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In nearly 50 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.
Are GM ingredients labeled?
There is no mandatory labeling of GM ingredients on food products. Labeling of GMO’s on products continues to be a debated topic in North America. The Non-GMO project was created to give consumers some choice. Companies can voluntarily register their products for 3rd party testing to be verified GMO-Free.
How can you avoid them?
Eat a whole food organic diet. Certified organic produce & whole foods are not genetically modified. Processed foods, even natural ones, require more awareness. Check for non-organic ingredients on processed foods that are from a high-risk crop. There are many companies that participate in the non-GMO movement by voluntarily submitting their products for testing.
- Alter Eco
- Bakery on Main
- Earth Balance
- Nature’s Path
For a complete list, refer to the Non GMO Project’s verified product database:
1. The Non-GMO Project website: http://www.nongmoproject.org/