What is GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms)? This is when plants or animals have their genome altered or engineered so that it’s DNA will contain one more genes than normal.
Some of the most commonly genetically modified foods are: corn, canola, soy, and cotton. When you are buying food, it is important to read the labels and if you see any of these products on the list such as: corn oil, corn syrup, corn starch or corn meal, soy protein, soy oil, soy sauce, etc, or canola oil or cotton seed oil you are buying a product with GMO.
One of the ways to avoid buying GMO foods is to shop organic. Organic farming does not allow or use GE to raise or feed their livestock, or grow their crops.
GMO’s have environmental risks as well as health risks to you. Some of the environmental risks include: It is killing insects, including honey bees and butterflies, it also can contaminate other non-GMO crops, stronger herbicides and pesticides are being used which is harmful to our health and environment.
Studies have shown that some of the health issues humans are facing due to GMO’s are: allergies, digestive and bowel syndromes and in some cases even autism.
It has also been found that animals being Genetically modified or feed GMO food have developed tumors, damaged immune systems birth defects, smaller brains and livers and have had reproductive and infertility issues.
To avoid buying GMO foods it is important for you to read the labels on foods, to avoid buying any processed food, and buy organic. There is a Non-GMO shopping guide to help you to know what foods to buy and some products are labeled with Non-GMO Project labels.