What You Should Know about GMOs

by Nick Livermore

With the failed passing in California of Proposition 37 in November’s elections, the work of the LFSN as well as Just Label It! And other groups is more important than ever. We as consumers have a right to know to know what we’re purchasing and consuming. Besides, don’t you want to know what you’re putting in your body?

One of the booths at the Food Day NYC Event on October 24th was the Local Food Support Network. They showcased the following video which highlights the Right to Know campaign surrounding genetically modified foods and their labeling:

According to the LFSN: Most Americans, including moms, haven’t been told about some of the ingredients that are in the food they eat. So it’s no wonder that 92% of Americans want the FDA to label genetically engineered foods. If more of us speak out about why we care about the food we put in our own bodies and in our children’s bodies, then we can convince the FDA to change its policy. Watch this video from Food, Inc. filmmaker Robert Kenner to hear why we have the right to know what’s in our food and then ask the FDA to require labeling.

So here is a breakdown on some additional information you may be interested to know about GMOs.
What are Genetically Engineered Foods / GMOs?

Plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs. – From the glossary on the Monsanto website.

Organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally. – World Health Organization

“Genetically Engineered Foods”, “Genetically modified organisms,” or GMOs, are organisms that have been created through application of transgenic, gene-splicing techniques that are part of biotechnology. These transgenic methods for moving genes around are also called “genetic engineering,” or GE.
This relatively new science allows DNA (genetic material) from one species to be transferred into another species, creating transgenic organisms with combinations of genes from plants, animals, bacteria, and even viral gene pools. The mixing of genes from different species that have never shared genes in the past is what makes GMOs and GE crops so unique. It is impossible to create such transgenic organisms through traditional crossbreeding methods. Take Action, sign the petition.

1.2 million people have signed the petition and contacted the FDA, so help them reach their goal of 1.3 million!! Any other causes that we should get on board with? Let us know in the comments below.

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