Since the 1990's most likely you have unknowingly been eating GMO's everyday and so have your kids. Genetically modified organisms (GMO) are a part of a huge uncontrolled science experiment pushed on the American public by Monsanto and other argri-farms. We really don't know if they are safe, but just like the helpless lab rat we are mandatorily subjected to this frankenfood on a regular basis. Many in the health and fitness field think we should limit our exposure to these foods. So what exactly are GMO's?
"A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes. Transgenic organisms, a subset of GMOs, are organisms which have inserted DNA that originated in a different species."
Today, 45 percent of U.S. corn and 85 percent of U.S. soybeans are genetically engineered, and it’s estimated that 70 to 75 percent of processed foods on grocery store shelves contain genetically engineered ingredients.
GMO's are NOT the result ofcross-breeding. Scientists take a gene from a completely different species and insert it into a new one. An example of this is extracting a gene from a Arctic Char fish that is resistant to freezing and inserting into a vegetable so it can withstand cold temperatures. The end result is a tomato with fish DNA. Yummy! Other examples are:
Currently US companies list GMO ingredients on their food labels only if they want to. Self regulation at its best! So how do you avoid GMO's? Eat 100% USDA Organic food; eat only 100% grass fed organic beef; seek products that are specifically labeled as non-GM or GMO-free; grow your own food; stay away from high fructose corn syrup; and make sure to avoid all non-organic soy, corn and milk products. Despite biotech industry promises, very few if any of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Furthermore, one of the other major problems with GMO's is that we do not know the long term effect they have on our health. Here is a great infographic with more