So, what’s the big deal? What is genetically modified? Pretty much ALL corn, soybean, and cotton products are GMOs (genetically modified organisms). And do you realize how much corn/soybeans/cotton we come across each day? A lot. Corn products are everywhere now days… remember corn is how we get high fructose corn syrup. So, is this puzzle beginning to come together? The corn and soybean industries are behind everything in 2010. If they need to genetically modify their products, they will because their jobs and success are at stake. It’s all fine and dandy, but I am just not a fan of massive industries basically controlling the US. I don’t see any major health problems resulting from GM products, but I would like to support local farming as much as possible (and I plan to go to more farmers markets since the weather is getting nicer).
- So why don’t we see GM foods in the grocery store? We do! They are just not required to label the products as GM unless they can cause an allergy or if they have less nutritional value.
- 72% of consumers are unaware that modified crops are evaluated for human safety, and similarly, 77% do not know that the crops are tested for environmental safety
End of story: GM foods are not a big deal to me, and I don’t believe them to cause any health problems. I don’t really care if my food is GM; I still think it’s more important to just be eating you fruits and veggies 5 or more times per day and to have balance And once again, to support local produce.
For more info: http://usbiotechreg.nbii.gov/
American Dietetic Association. Statement on Biotechnology before the Food and Drug Administration; November 30, 1999; Washington, DC. Available at: http://www.eatright.org/Public/GovernmentAffairs/98_lg113099.cfm.
Position of the American Dietetic Association: Agricultural and Food Biotechnology