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GMO Foods: How to Avoid Foods Made With Genetic Modification Organisims
If you were given the choice, would you want to eat foods, like corn and wheat, that were grown and modified to produce pesticidal proteins from within the plant, or organic foods that were minimally processed and grown as God intended? Monsanto seems to think we would choose GMO grown foods and in 2007 alone, they planted 246 million acres of GMO foods throughout the world. The genetic engineering of food involves a process that inserts genes into the DNA of foods or crops to bring these products to the table of the consumer at a more economical fashion which is better for the large companies that make large amounts of money on them. To engineer these foods to produce products that are easier to grow large quantities of, are changed by adding genes from viruses, bacteria, insects and even humans. While most Americans say that they would not want to eat foods that are modified, they don't even know which ones that are because the U.S. does not label foods that are GMO's.
Ones best bet to stay away from these modified foods would be to eat Certified Organic foods. So when you read that a certain food is Certified Organic, the food is pretty much free of modified foods, except for a small amount that may have made its way via pollination and weather elements. There are some companies who voluntarily label their products as non-GMO and dairy products will contain labeling that say no rBGH or rBST. Another way to stay away from these foods is to buy you foods locally, and this cuts down on the possibility of the GMO use because one of the reasons that they do this is to extend shelf life, so local is better.
In 2004, Mendocino County became the first county in the US to ban the production of GMO foods and this ban passed with 57% majority. This alone makes a statement, and Trinity and Marin Counties have followed suit and more are in the process. This is quite alarming and the evidence of these types of foods in our supermarkets is hardly something that is talked about because the consumer has other more pressing matters to be concerned with, like the economy or job loss. So they keep up their good work, unbenounced to the public eye.
Personally, I believe that we are meant to eat foods that are as close to what God meant them to be, simple wonderful foods with natural flavor and that feeds our souls and our bodies. Growing our foods in our own yards, even in planters on the porch, is a good way to know where your foods come from. We need to educate the citizens of the United States that we have to stay away from these foods because the jury is still out on what these Genetically Modified Organisms can do to the population as a whole but mostly what it can do to our children. Read more about this at www.Centerforfoodsafety.org