Genetically Modified Foods: Should You Be Concerned?

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 by from The Family Channel

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Are you concerned about eating GMO (gene-manipulated) food? If not, should you be concerned?

The World Health Organization describes GMOs (or GE) as “organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.”

One example would be to build pesticides into corn seeds so that the farmer doesn’t have to spray pesticides while the crop is growing.

Genetically modified foods, also known as GMO’s, were introduced into our food supply in 1994, and now over 80 percent of our food contains GMO’s in North America.

We all have to make our own decisions of what we feel is acceptable to feed our family, but I think there would be more of an outcry or movement to organic food if more people were aware that 75-80% of the food we buy is gene-manipulated –  and what that means to our health and our environment.

We all have to make our own decisions of what we feel is acceptable to feed our family, but I think there would be more of an outcry or movement to organic food if more people were aware that 75-80% of the food we buy is gene-manipulated

It’s no surprise people are not aware of what they are buying because companies are not required to label GMO food and drinks — even though according to justlabelit.org, 92 percent of Americans want GMO (GE) food labeled as such.

A Few Facts About GMO Foods

We don’t know how GMO food we consume will affect our health — now or later in life. And our growing children are the first generation to be so hugely affected by GMOs.

GMO food doesn’t have to be labeled in the U.S. so, as a result millions of unsuspecting consumers are being allowed to purchase and consume genetically engineered foods without prior knowledge, essentially eliminating their choice in the matter.

Many other countries do label GMO foods, and consumers there are demanding to know. At least 22 countries, as well as all of the EU member states, have mandatory labeling laws for GE foods.

I’m no scientist but I’m a mother who doesn’t want to feed her son food that has been genetically tampered with after so much evidence that it can be harmful.

I suspect the drastic rise of allergies, cancer, and asthma is due in part to GMOs. I’m very concerned about the dangerous effects GMO food can/will have on our health and the consequences to our environment that can not be undone if this kind of farming continues.

Until GMO food is clearly identified for what it is, I’m only buying organic or non-GMO verified food for our family. I vote with my dollars and support organic companies, and grocery chains like Trader Joe’s who guarantee that their products are only made with non-GMO ingredients.

It’s the only recourse I have to avoid GMOs, because organic food has to be non-GMO by law.

Do you care about the safety of your food supply? Do you want to know if you are eating GMO food?

What do you think? Genetically Modified Foods: Should You Be Concerned?

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  1. Avatar of hannah hannah says:

    Look around, soooo many kids now days have some sort of food allergy, or body rashes. I cant name one kid i have met ithe last year (other than mine) who dont have some body rash or allergies. I try to avoid gmos due to personal reasons and thus far my health has shown improvement. The girls in my family get tumors, as far as we know, no males in our family have ever had a tumor. Strange considering if you look at the reaserch done on mice, the females are the ones who are more suseptable to the damage gmos do to our bodies.

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