GMOs are organisms with an artificially manipulated genetic material. The science standing behind such procedures has been around for a fairly short time (past 20 years) and has found large groups of supporters and haters. Here are some facts about GMOs that are definitely worth considering:
- Over 70% of foods in the US contain genetically modified ingredients.
- There are resctrictions concerning the sale and production of GMOs products in the EU and other countries such as Japan and Australia.
- GMO products are rarely labelled.
- Many perceives GMOs as unhealthy due to the increasing number of health problems in the US since the introduction of GMOs in 1996. Those also include chronic food allergies, digestive problems and autism.
So you are probably wondering whether you have tried GMOs. Here are some of the most common products:
- MILK – Recombinant bovine growth hormone, is a GE variation on a naturally occurring hormone injected into dairy cows to increase milk production. It is banned for milk destined for human consumption in the European Union, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.
- CORN ON THE COB – While 90 percent of corn grown in the United States is genetically modified, most of that crop is used for animal feed or ethanol and much of the rest ends up in processed foods. Sweet corn—the stuff that you steam or grill on the barbecue and eat on the cob—was GMO-free until last year when Monsanto rolled out its first GE harvest of sweet corn.
- SQUASH AND ZUCCHINI – Approximately 25,000 acres of crookneck, straightneck, and zucchinis have been bioengineered to be virus resistant.
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