RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Numerous polls and studies from The New York Times to Consumers Union have showed that Americans don't want genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food supply. Yet biotechnology firms have pushed them so vigorously that GMOs are in roughly 80 percent of the packaged foods sold in the U.S. and Canada, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association. And as salmon farmers push to get FDA approval for genetically engineered salmon, it's more important than ever to send the message to farmers and food manufacturers alike that we don't want any more frankenfood infiltrating our grocery stores.
The easiest way to do that is to give up GMOs for a week—or a month! This October, the Non-GMO Project is sponsoring its first-ever Non-GMO Month in an effort to raise awareness of its "Non-GMO Project Verified" certification. Their focus is primarily on packaged or processed foods, which can contain any number of genetically modified ingredients, such as soy, corn, cotton (cottonseed oil is a common ingredient in processed foods), sugar beets, and sugar cane.
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All those GMOs could be causing long-term damage. Few human studies exist on the health hazards of GMOs, but according to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, animal studies have shown that they can cause infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. And, the group notes, soy allergies among humans increased 50 percent after GMO soy was permitted for use in the UK. Allergies are one of the most common concerns related to GMOs, considering that genes from allergenic foods, such as peanuts, milk, and wheat, could be transferred to other non-allergenic foods and cause life-threatening reactions.
Want to keep all those things from happening to you and your family? Read on for are four easy ways to go GMO-free for a week, a month, or the rest of your life:
Published on: October 4, 2010
Updated on: June 13, 2011