What Are GMOs?

What Are GMOs?

Think about what you’ve eaten this week. If you’ve eaten any processed foods that weren’t certified organic (guilty!) then they probably contained Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Today over 70 percent of corn and 90 percent of soy are genetically modified, and these two crops form the basis of a typical American diet.

Let’s talk GMOs

Genetically modified organisms (also called GM, GE or GMOs) refers to crop plants that are consumed by animals and/or humans that have been tweaked or modified in a lab to boost desired traits such as: the ability of the plant to produce its own pesticide, disease resistance and improved nutritional value. These results have no health benefit, only an economic benefit to the company producing them.

GMOs are being engineered to resist certain chemicals. That enables them to be sprayed with heavy duty pesticides and herbicides without much effect, while the rest of the plants in the field die. The result is large amounts of weed killer ends up in and on our food supply and ultimately on the shelves of our supermarkets.

Food with GMOs looks and tastes the same, but it’s not the same. Food producers have been altering and messing with our food with the blessing of the FDA, but without our permission.

What foods contain GMOs?

Sit down for this one: most of your food could contain GMOs. The next time you go to the supermarket take a look at the labels of some of the items you are planning to buy. If soy and corn are listed as an ingredient, then chances are the product contains GMOs.

The list of possible foods containing GMOs is long –so long that it’s almost impossible to list everything. Unless you are buying 100% organic items, you may never know if your food contains GMOs. The only way to avoid GMOs is to eat only 100% organic foods or foods labeled GMO-free. All other food has a high likelihood of containing genetically modified organisms.

Why should we be concerned?

There are many reasons for concern: GMOs aren’t labeled, they are untested and they are on the shelves of almost every supermarket in our country. We have no idea what GMOs are doing to us; they could be making us sick or messing with our immune system. Whatever it is, it isn’t good.

Does that make you mad?


Lori Popkewitz Alper

Lori Popkewitz Alper is the founder and editor-in-chief of Groovy Green Livin, a site dedicated to sharing green living tips and information with individuals, families, schools and businesses. A contributing writer for multiple blogs and websites, Lori speaks, writes and advises clients on a variety of issues related to creating a greener lifestyle.

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