GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. They are plants or animals that have been altered to act like an herbicide, insecticide, or to produce a larger product. These are experimental combinations of genes from different species that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. It’s essentially genetic engineering of our food.
Most developed countries do not consider GMOs to be safe and therefore have legislation either outlawing the practice or require labeling to inform the consumer. The U.S. currently does not require labeling nor outlaws such practice.
The bottom line is, the food we are eating today is NOT the food our parents ate 20 years ago. In one of the riches countries in the world, we are plagued by cancer, heart disease, behavior and developmental problems in children, sky-rocketing food allergies, and auto-immune system disorders. Are these problems related to our food supply? Why didn’t our parents have the same amounts of these problems 20 years ago? It is a logical conclusion that many in our country are now considering and GMO foods need to be considered as a culprit in the equation.
There are two types of warnings regarding agricultural products. Those that are HIGH RISK of being GMO because they are currently being produced. Those crops include:
- Sugar beets
- Yellow summer squash
When an animal eats a GMO product, then the animal and its meat or product we consume must also be considered at High Risk for contamination. Consider milk, meats, eggs, and honey as possible contaminated food products. Also, look for these ingredients on food labels and consider them high risk for being GMO: Amino Acids, Aspartame, Soy lecithin, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.
The second type of warning regarding agricultural products is those that are MONITORED FOR RISK. These products have a suspected or known incident of contamination with a genetically modified products or there is cross-pollination occurring. These monitored food products include:
- Bok choy
- Chinese cabbage
- Acorn squash
When considering the foods you offer your family, look for a label stating “Non-GMO”. GMO or Genetically Modified Organisms are a type of experimental food and possibly dangerous to your child’s health and development. The same organizations who profit from the product are driving the testing and monitoring of these products. Keep your eye out for GMO or genetically modified organisms and keep yourself informed as a consumer.