What is GMO?
GMO is a genetically modified organism and is the result of a lab process of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another in an attempt to get a desired trait or characteristic. In many cases GMO seeds are both a poison and a food. GMO seeds are altered so they become a pesticide.
How can this be?
The FDA allowed GMO’s into the food supply in the early 1990’s without independent testing based what people with a commercial interest told them. So basically all the biotech companies (the ones making the food & making the money) said it was safe so the smart people at the FDA said – sure let’s do it. UGH!! To this day there has not been any independent testing done on whether GMO foods are safe for humans in the US. What amazes me is that already 50 nations and over 40% of the world’s population already have labeling laws so that consumers know whether or not they are buying a GMO product. The fact that we in the United States DO NOT is astonishing.
does eating GMO food affect me?
Since GMOs entered our food supply we have seen some dramatic increases in diseases in children. According to Healthy Child Healthy World, we have had 400% increase in food allergies, 300% increase in asthma, 400% increase in ADHD and 1,500% increase in autism. Think about it....it affects many of us
Why can’t we test it now?
Well it’s in about 95% of sugar beets, 94%of soybeans and 88% of feed corn. There is no control group because everyone is eating something daily with GMOs. The only thing we can do now is label it and that is the campaign that millions are trying to fight for.
What is happening now to do something about GMOs?
People are trying to make a change things in the US but we NEED YOUR HELP!! Many states have tried and failed but California is a little different. In CA they allow their citizens to create laws – nice right? So if enough people in CA think something is important enough, they can get it on the ballot for a vote with enough signatures. Do you know that it too one million signatures for GMO labeling to get on the California ballot? This November the people of California will vote whether they want packaged foods labeled with GMO’s
But I don’t live in California so how does this affect me?
If California gets this law passed in November it is GREAT news for the rest of us. If Prop 37passes, all companies will have to change their labeling. Huge companies are not going to make one type of packaging for California and another one for the rest of the other states; they would lose too much money. California has always been the leader of the pack so if this happens in CA then other states will do the same.
How can I help?
First you need to Join Right To Know the people who has spearheaded this campaign. They will give you the latest information so you too can share it with your community of friends and family like I am doing with you now. You can also find useful information over at CA Right to Know and Label GMOs.
How can I find out what products are NON GMO?
I use this amazing website Non GMO Project that will give you up to date information on products that currently are non gmo certified. Always remember the more packaged foods you purchase the better chance you will be consuming GMO foods. It's always best to make your meals using "real foods". I always think of these 2 things that I heard from Michael Pollen - If your great grandmother wouldn't recognize it, don't eat it and If a third grader can't read the ingredients then don't eat it.
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