What about GMOs?


Natural Foods:  What about GMOs?
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There's been a lot of talk about GMOs. For those of us wondering what that means, GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. This is the process of copying a gene from one living organism (bacteria, plant, or animal) and adding it to another living organism using biotechnological methods.

 

Adding a newly engineered gene (GMO) or, merging DNA from a different species to a crop, may give it a trait that is useful to growers and consumers; creating plants that can be more resistant to insects and disease, or weed control, and can produce fruits with a longer shelf life. A number of researchers and consumers are concerned because there is not enough data or research to determine the long term effects and for food safety. In fact, A growing body of evidence seems to connect GMO's with health problems and environmental damage.

 

It has been estimated that over 70% of processed foods contain genetically engineered ingredients which are not disclosed on the label, as there has been no requirement to do so. Recently, a number of states, including California, have begun to work on legislation to require labeling. To meet consumer demand, the Non-GMO Project Verification is a product label given to ensure a completely natural product free of gene splicing unknowns. This is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers and providing verified non-GMO choices. Check them out at http://www.nongmoproject.org/

 

For a list of products that have Non-GMO project verification on their label click HERE.

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