Genetically modified organisms. GMOs. Sounds like science fiction doesn’t it? Certainly doesn’t sound appetizing.
But the truth is that unless you grow your own food or eat exclusively organic food you are eating genetically modified foods almost daily. Over 90% of the soybeans produced in America are genetically modified (primarily to be resistant to herbicides, which they are doused in) as is nearly 90% of the corn, along with many other fruits and vegetables. Much of the milk produced in this country comes from cows which have been injected with a genetically modified hormone. Because most processed foods contain corn, soy, or both, conservative estimates are that 60% of the processed food eaten in this country contains genetically modified ingredients.
In many parts of the world GM crops are banned. In Europe and other parts of the world anything produced from genetically modified seed or containing genetically modified ingredients must be labelled.
In the U.S. there is no labelling requirement.
Whether or not GMOs pose a significant health risk to humans is a controversial subject. There is a large body of data now suggesting that they do and that evidence is persuasive enough to have caused the rest of the developed world to act. But GMOs have increased the profitability of American agribusiness, so here the consumer isn’t even permitted to know if the food he or she buys is genetically modified.
Whatever the consequences to our health, we do know that frankenfood designed to be resistant to herbicides has led to the development of “super weeds” that are herbicide resistant. Natural selection finds a way to overcome obstacles thrown in the path of living things.
I don’t think anyone can reasonably deny that we eat way too much processed food in this country. The fact that almost all of it is derived from genetically modified organisms is just another compelling reason to stop.
The best food is whole natural food, grown sustainably and chemical-free. It tastes better and is better for you.
I encourage everyone to find farmers in your community and partner with them to enjoy natural local food. And just say no to GMOs.