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What does GMO mean?

A GMO is a genetically modified organism. Age-old hybrid breeding (cross-pollinating, grafting, seed-saving) mimics nature. But GMOs could never occur in nature: genetic traits from unrelated life forms are forcibly combined in a host species. Along with the planned mutations can be unintended unknown ones.

Why are seeds genetically engineered?

DNA-PlateIndustrial agriculture corporations engineer seeds to either resist the effects of herbicides or to create their own insecticide. Farmers spray herbicide over the field, and every plant is killed except the GMO crop. Biotech corporations sell the profitable package of GMO seeds plus herbicide. Companies patent the seeds and have sued over 400 farmers for stealing their intellectual property after wind spreads GMO pollen.

Do GMOs reduce the amount of pesticide used?

About 20 times more pesticides are used because of GMO biotechnology. Over 225,000 tons of Roundup were sprayed on corn and soy in 2012, compared to 12,000 tons in 1996 when GMOs were introduced. Plus, GMO seeds are treated with neonicotinoid insecticides. Overuse has caused resistant widespread “superweeds” and “superbugs.: Substances are absorbed into each plant cell, and remain even after processing the crop into food products.

How GMO Corn is Made

What foods are GMO?

In 2015, 94% of soy, 92% of corn, 95% of canola, 89% of cotton and 99% of sugar beets grown in the U.S. were genetically engineered. Virtually every packaged food, meats, and animal foods (dairy, eggs) in supermarkets contain ingredients made with GMOs.

Are there health or environmental effects?

Increased use of GMOs pesticides correlates very highly with the increase in many serious chronic illnesses now common. Toxic pesticides have destroyed soil fertility, caused widespread water pollution and massive deaths of fish and pollinators (bees, butterflies).  Airborne gene-altered pollen threatens organic certification and wild plants.

How will we feed the world without GMOs?Zambia Africa

Since GMOs were introduced, food insecurity in the U.S. has increased by 57%. GMOs were developed to build profits of biotech corporations, not produce more or healthier food. Organic farming regenerates soil, has higher yields and produces more nutritious food.

Why is it important to label GMO foods?

National polls consistently find that 90% of Americans want GMOs labeled. A simple phrase written directly on product labels is used by the 64 other countries that require GMO labeling. (28 countries ban GMOs completely.) American food companies already comply with their laws to inform their citizens Why not here in the USA?

What can I do to avoid genetically engineered food?

Sign up for Community Supported Agriculture

Until GMOs are labeled, the only way to avoid them is to eat food that is certified non-GMO or certified organic. When possible, buy food directly from a local farmer who can answer your questions about how the food was produced. Find links to farmers’ markets and CSA farm shares on our website for:

Fruits/vegetables
Meat/eggs
Dairy
Flour

 

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