Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Crash Course on GMOs » The Epoch Times

Perhaps you’ve been hearing lately a bit of the controversy surrounding GMOs and you are wondering, what exactly is a GMO?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. This means the DNA structure of a plant or animal has been altered, usually by forcibly injecting into its cells a virus or bacteria carrying DNA from another species.
This process allows for the combining of two different species that would normally not be combined in nature. An example is genetically modified rice that contains human genes. This might beg the question, but is eating this GMO rice cannibalism?

According to the Non-GMO Project, 80 percent of all packaged and processed foods being sold contain GMOs. What are their potential hazards and how do you avoid GMOs?

Here is your crash course.

1. What foods definitely contain GMOs? There are certainly many tests and field trials being conducted by biotech companies, from glow-in-the-dark potatoes to engineered salmon.

Many of these creations are pending FDA approval before they can hit the market. However, there are many GMO crops being sold to us every day without our knowledge because GMO labeling is not required in the United States.

The top GMO ingredients being sold for consumption in the United States, according to Green America and the Non-GMO Project are: corn, soy, canola, cotton, sugar beets, papaya, alfalfa, milk, crookneck squash, zucchini, and aspartame.

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A Crash Course on GMOs » The Epoch Times

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