What are GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms)
GMO’s are plants or animals created through the process of genetic engineering. This experimental technology forces DNA from one species into a different species. The resulting GMO’s are unstable combination of plant, animal, bacterial, and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional breeding. The majority of the GMO crops are engineered to produce Bt in their DNA. Bt is a protein that is toxic to chewing insects and is produced by the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis and it has been used as a biological pesticide. None of the genetically engineered traits in commercial production offer increased yields, drought tolerance, or nutritional superiority.
How Prevalent are GMO Products?
In the US the statistics are staggering, the US grows about as many GMO acres as the rest of the world COMBINED. Currently some of the commercialized GMO crops in the US include: Soy (94%), Cotton (90%), Canola (90%), and Corn (88%). The Grocery Manufacturer’s Association estimates that GMO are now present in more than 75% of conventional processed food.
Over 64 countries have some kind of labeling or restriction on GMO products. There are currently over 37 states organizing mandatory labeling legislative efforts, with Connecticut and Maine being the first two to actually pass laws. Recent polling has shown that a vast majority of Americans support mandatory labeling for all GMO products.
What Can I Do?
If you want to get more involved, there are many resource available to you. Recommended books are Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette by Jeffrey Smith, Your Right to Know by Andrew Kimball, and also Seeds of Destruction by F. William Enghdahl. The Non GMO project has a great toolkit for managing the message. They also verify and label products which do not contain GMO’s. Their website can be found at the following http://www.nongmoproject.org/
Here at Pemberton we have a great selection of Non-GMO products which are clearly labeled with the Non-GMO Project label. Come in today and talk to one of our knowledgeable staff about what you can do to start changing the way you eat in order to greater benefit our world. The awareness surrounding GMO’s only continues to grow, what will you do to help?