Are you aware that most processed food in America contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Or that the majority of GMOs are banned in Europe, but the US Food and Drug Administration doesn’t require companies to label the use of GMOs in their food? Let’s take a look at the opportunities we have to aid our planet by eliminating GMOs.
Why say No to GMO?
With an active debate of whether GMOs are good for people or the environment it is important to learn exactly what GMOs are. The World Health Organizations defines Genetically Modified Organisms as organisms whose DNA has been altered in a non-natural way. GMOs are made by extracting genes from one species’ DNA and inserting them into another plant or animal that doesn’t naturally possess that genetic material. The use of GMOs in America since the 1990’s, has created new strains of weeds and insects, often called ‘superweeds’ and ‘superbugs’. Research on GMOs is fairly recent, but studies are beginning to show the effects GMOs have on people, animals, and the planet.
Facts on GMOs:
- 90% of all US cotton crops are genetically modified.
- 90% of all US canola crops are genetically modified.
- 88% of all US corn crops are genetically modified.
- 94% of all US Soy crops are genetically modified.
- 95% of all US sugar beet crops are genetically modified.
- GMOs have been linked to allergic reactions in lab animals.
- GMOs have been linked to major organ damage in lab animals.
- 64 countries worldwide, including all of the EU, require GMO labeling.
- Toxic herbicides have been used fifteen times more often since the introduction of GMOs than they were before GMOs were commonly used.
- GMOs negatively impact soil quality and can be damaging to ecosystems because they reduce biodiversity.
How can I make an impact:
Action 1: Global Goodness
- Buy Certified Organic. Organic regulations require ingredients to be non GMO.
- Do your research. Read labels and check out companies. Many large corporations put profits before people by filling their food with GMOs.
- Avoid Processed Foods. Most GMOs are found in canned and boxed goods, stemming from corn, soybean and wheat. Eating whole foods will reduce the amount of GMO’s you consume.
Action 2: Planet Protector
- All of Action 1
- Get Vocal. Share with others in your family and community about the detriments of GMOs.
- Grow your own food. The easiest way to heal your body and the environment is by growing a portion of the food you eat. You can get certified organic seeds that will reproduce year after year.
Action 3: Earth Angel
- All of Action 1 & 2
- Support causes that are anti-GMO. There are numerous non-profits and grassroots organizations that are lobby congress to change the way to grow food. Get involved.
- Lobby the government in your community to ban GMOs. With the lack of long term research on the detriment of GMOs it is important these are banned until numerous areas have been researched over many years.