This blog was first created due to the recent havock in the pet food industry, where food killed and sickened tens of thousands of pets in the United States.
Our path to discovery of what exactly really killed and sickened so many pets, which in turn led to the largest pet food recall in the history of the United States, has led us to Genetically Modified Food and Ingredients.
During this discovery, our research led to the fact that these are foods which humans must avoid as well.
This has become increasingly difficult.
Genetic modification (also known as genetic engineering) is a process used by scientists to force the exchange of genes across species barriers, a process that does not occur in nature, in order to impart a desired trait.
For example, scientists altered all of the GM crops that are currently being widely sold (soy, corn, cotton, and canola) by injecting them with genes from various soil bacteria, so they resist herbicide (i.e. Roundup) and/or produce their own insecticide (Bt).
Most of these crops have been genetically engineered by Monsanto Corporation.
The American Farm Bureau, which has financial ties to Monsanto Corporation, has promoted genetic engineering in agriculture, even though farmers have experienced negative financial impacts as a result.
U.S. government farm subsidies, funded by U.S. taxpayers, have increased three to five billion dollars annually to cover these financial losses.
Scientists are concerned, because research shows that genetically modified foods may cause health problems, including possible allergies, toxicity, antibiotic resistance, nutritional problems, and cancer.
Because GM foods are not labeled in the United States, any health problems or death associated with them would be difficult, if not impossible, to trace.
In addition, genetically modified crops being grown to produce pharmaceuticals or industrial chemicals could contaminate or get mixed in with food crops, leading to additional serious health problems.
Genetically modified crops may create many irreversible problems in the environment, including but not limited to: contamination of non-GM crops and plants (including our organic food sources!), loss of biodiversity, pollen poisoning of beneficial insects (anyone else notice a significant decrease in bees?), and increased use of herbicides and pesticides, resulting in “superweeds,” “superbugs,” and soil infertility.
“Superweeds” threaten to take over farms and natural areas, displacing native plant varieties and destroying wild plant habitats. “Superbugs” would result in the use of different and more powerful insecticides.
Companies that develop genetically modified crops aggressively market their potential benefits to farmers without informing them of the risks and liabilities.
As a result, farmers who have planted GMOs have had unexpected economic losses, due to lost domestic and foreign markets, lower prices, lower yields, crop failures, lawsuits, and product recalls.
In addition, contamination of conventional and organic crops by GM pollen and volunteer organisms has reduced their value, resulting in economic loss.
Polls reveal that less than a third of Americans even realize they are eating genetically modified food on a regular basis and that most Americans would prefer not to consume GM food given the choice; that the more people learn about GMOs, the less they trust them; and that 94% of Americans want GM foods labeled.
Because GM foods are not labeled, it is nearly impossible for consumers to avoid eating them.
In addition, due to the contamination of conventional and organic crops, and as new varieties of GM crops are introduced, consumers’ choices will continue to diminish as time goes on, if this trend continues.
Some Things WE can do:
Know which GM crops have been commercialized and are widely planted and sold– soy (89%), cotton (83%), canola (65%), and corn (61%).
Avoid processed foods, 75% of which contain one of the above ingredients (or a derivative, such as soybean, corn, canola or cottonseed oil, corn syrup, soy lecithin, etc.)
Buy organic food and beverages, which cannot be GM by definition.
Support your local, certified organic farmers and growers!
Write to your representatives to demand that they sponsor federal legislation to mandate the labeling and safety testing of genetically engineered foods.
Write to members of Congress, food producers, supermarkets, the press and consumer groups, expressing your concern
Share this information with your friends, family, colleagues, students, trades unions, clubs and societies. Alert everyone to the dangers.
Sources for food that is Genetically Modified FREE, as well as those to AVOID are provided on this site see the drop down on the left side of your screen, or just “click” your mouse right HERE to head on right to it, to help you make safer choices for feeding your family.
NOTE: We are not selling anything to you here. This is not a ‘shopping’ site. This is simply honest-to-goodness information and nothing more.
Consumers can make a choice about whether or not they eat products containing genetically modified ingredients. We just need to know what they are!
We want our food labeled !
Send a direct and unmistakable message about your preferences! Do this using your dollars, your voice, your votes, and writing to your representatives demanding your food be labeled; encourage your friends and family to do the same.
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