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Let's Talk GMO

Farm Garden Northern Californai
Farm Garden Northern Californai
Brandie Bell

Spring time is here, and with it a variety of fruits and vegetables. We know it is important to eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as you possibly can, but you need to know where this food is coming from and how it is grown.
Lets talk about GMO’s. GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, Organisms that are changed at the cellular level through the use of various genetic engineering techniques. They are literally altering or combining the genetic information of our food.

GMO’s have been around for years, the flavr saver tomato was introduced in 1994. In 1998 Golden rice was made publicly available. In recent years they have introduced “frankenfish” a genetically modified fish.

There have been so many keystone ingredients such as corn and soy, which have been modified that it is hard to tell if what you’re eating contains GMO’s. Here is a list of some of the most modified foods on the market:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Soybeans
  • sugar beets
  • corn
  • cotton
  • sweet potatoes
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Zucchini
  • Pineapples
  • Cocoa beans
  • Yellow squash

Around 85% of the corn grown in the United States , 91% of Soybeans, 88% cotton and 95% sugar beets are now genetically modified in some way. It was stated by the center of food safety, “It is estimated that upwards of 70% of processed foods on supermarket shelves are products that contain genetically engineered ingredients.”

What you need to know

  • There have been a wide variety of tests done on several GMO foods that have shown significant health issues in rats, Including stomach ulcers and cancers.
  • What you absorb what you eat. Genetic changes in our food will eventually cause changes in us. Unfortunately that may include cancer and unknown illnesses.
  • There is very little regulation on the GMO foods that make it to market shelves. The testing is done by the companies themselves.
  • There just is not enough believable information.
  • Right now they don’t need to tell us if we are eating it or not.
  • Do your research on the foods you eat and where your food actually comes from. Read labels and try to buy locally grown food that does not use harmful pesticides.


Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful?
(Released April 2000)by Deborah B. Whitman

Center for Food Safety, “The Hidden Health Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods.” Food Safety
California Department of Food and Agriculture. A Food Foresight Analysis of Agricultural Biotechnology: A Report to the Legislature. January 1, 2003.Review, Spring 2000.

Excerpt/summary from: GMO Myths & Truths (92012)

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