Understanding GMOs

Understanding GMOs

Being aware of where your food is coming from is quite important these days.  Our food supply has drastically changed over the past several decades.  More than 90% of soybean seeds and 80% of all the corn in the US are sold by one company—Monsanto.  Monsanto is the leading producer of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).   GMOs are plants or animals created through genetic engineering.  They are created to withstand direct contact with herbicides and other pesticides.  GMOs are extremely common in the US with approximately 80% of processed conventional food being GMOs.  Some of the most common are soy, corn, canola, alfalfa, papaya, sugar beets, zucchini and yellow squash and cotton.  If you think about it, we are walking corn stalks!  Corn is in EVERYTHING!  Whether it is high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, or corn starch, chances are it is made with GMOs. Pick up your food and read the label.  Other ingredients to be aware of are soy lecithin, monosodium glutamate, aspartame, “flavoring” and maltodextrin.  These can be direct offspring of GMOs.   Another question to answer:  What’s in your chicken, beef, eggs and milk?  Remember they have to eat too, and unfortunately, they are being fed GMOs to increase production.  GMOs are created to kill the pests that eat that food.  What is that doing to you?

 So, how do you avoid GMOs?  Read your labels.  The less ingredients the better. Better foods come without a package.  Look for foods that are labeled Certified Organic and non-GMO Project verified.  Educate yourself and raise awareness of what you are bringing into your home.  Afterall, we are we they eat.  For more info check out http://www.nongmoproject.org/  

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