Ignorance is bliss so if you are American and don't want your world turned upside down, stop reading now. In the U.S., the FDA does not require companies to label foods with warnings that they are GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). Many countries have completely banned the use of GMO's or, at the very least, require anything genetically altered to be labeled as such.
The main reason for the use of GMO's is basically economic, to increase the yield of a crop. The plant becomes hardier and more resistant to herbicides so farmers can spray more chemicals and not worry about killing the plant. Produce is also genetically altered to make it look better or bigger. In the infinite food chain, the animals we eat are often on a GMO diet so one way or another we get our daily dose.
Beneath public radar, there has been a silent infiltration of GMOs into our food supply. About 75% percent of our processed foods contain some form of genetically modified ingredient. It's not the produce in your local supermarket that you need to avoid (with the exception of some Hawaiian papaya), most of the GMO's are found in the long list of ingredients on boxes of processed foods. You can avoid GMO's by knowing what to look for. The Non-GMO Shopper's Guide is particularly helpful.
The dangers of GMO food is not really known, but some species of animal when offered a GMO food versus a non-GMO food will avoid the GMO one. Occasionally they will do this to the point of starvation, as if they have an intuitive sense of the danger of this food.
Scientists who carried out experiments on GMO's say that it’s too early to draw conclusions about the health hazards of GMO. They insist there is a need to carry out comprehensive research. In the meantime, many of us are unknowingly ingesting genetically altered food.
The idea that consumers have tremendous power is not wishful thinking, it’s a fact. Just look at the effectiveness of the consumer-driven strategy we’re now seeing with high fructose corn syrup. Within the past few months, most major corporations have taken HFCS out of their products due to consumer demand and the manufacturers proudly label their products HFCS free.
Refusing to buy GMO food products will create pressure on the marketplace, without which there is little hope. Download the shopping guide, and make note of which brands to buy and which ones to avoid like the plague.
You'll find some sensible tips to help avoid genetically modified food at lovetoknow.com. For us, since we are careful about what we put in our bodies, it's just one more step to being the best we can be; healthy and thin! So excuse me while I step off my soapbox.