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What is GMO?

on April 26, 2012
Stop! Genetically modified organism(s) - GMO.

Stop! Genetically modified organism(s) - GMO. (Photo credit: in search for a new country of residence)

What is GMO ? So glad you asked, let me regale you. GMO is an acronym for Genetically Modified Organism. They have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.”GMO food may make you sick. Studies link GMOs with toxins, allergies, infertility, infant mortality, immune dysfunction, stunted growth, accelerated aging, and death.”

In 30 other countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs, because they are not considered proven safe. According to the USDA in 2009, 93% of soy, 93% of cotton, and 86% of corn grown in the U.S. were GMO.

There is absolutely no consumer benefit’s to GMO’s. A 2008 CBS News Poll found that 87% of consumers wanted GMOs labeled). And, according to a recent CBS/New York Times poll, 53% of consumers said they would not buy food that has been genetically modified. Here’s some good news though,  it’ll only take 5% of the U.S population to change what type/brands of foods they buy in order for the largest food conglomerates to switch back to non GMO, due to a reduction in their market share. Basically it comes down to simple mathematics. GMO means agribusiness, agribusiness is Kraft, Heinz,Kellog’s, Quaker, Nestle, etc. etc. the list goes on and on. These companies purchase the commodity crops because they’re grown faster and cheaper. For us the consumer that translates to less safe and empty food nutritionally. All these things play a factor in these companies “bottom line.” It’s up to us as consumers to determine which way the food industry swings. We all vote with every dollar that is spent on the “national brands.”

I will elaborate more on how GMO’s are far less nutritionally dense in a follow up post. Thank you for stopping by. If you like this article please spread the word. Thank you! God Bless!

The reason behind GMO’s is agribusiness.

 

 

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