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You may have already heard of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or GMOs in soy crops, from Monsanto and other big companies.
The need for labeling laws for these products is a necessity and a topic more than debated in the news. But they do not apply… We, the consumers, are left to wonder if the food we eat is healthy or not.
The biotech industry will say that GMOs are safe, but what about all the pesticides and herbicides? And what really happens to a gene that has been manipulated in a laboratory?
Here are some things you may not know about GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).
1. According to the Non-GMO Project in "more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan and all the countries of the European Union, there are important restrictions or prohibitions for the production and commercialization of Genetically Modified Organisms".
2. More than 80% of all GMOs are designed to tolerate herbicides. This means that their existence and survival is based on the use of chemicals known to harm health. Roundup, Monsanto's toxic glyphosate-based herbicide, has been increased 15 times since GMOs were first introduced in the 1990s.
3. While the data is unclear due to a lack of labeling laws, experts estimate that 70% to 80% of all processed foods sold in the US contain genetically modified ingredients.
4. GMOs are now pollinating wild crops, which means that even if the cultivation of GMOs is restricted or outright banned, they can continue to proliferate and contaminate our food supply.
5. According to author and GMO expert Jeffrey Smith, independent research and reporting on GMOs has been attacked and suppressed. "Scientists who discover problems with GMOs have been attacked, gagged, fired, threatened, and denied funding." He says: "The journal Nature recognized that a 'large bloc of scientists ... denigrate the research of other legitimate scientists in an instinctive, partisan and emotional way, which is not useful for the advancement of knowledge.'
6. GMOs aren't just in your food. They are in the personal care products you use, the supplements you take, the cotton sheets and towels you use, and the clothing and diapers you use for your children.
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