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GMO Labeling – Why it Matters, and How You Can Help

- Posted 06/23/2015 Tags: , , ,
GMO Labeling – Why it Matters, and How You Can Help

GMO labeling has been a hot topic in recent years, and there are strong advocates on both sides of the argument. If you haven’t heard about GMO labeling, it is important that you stay informed and make yourself aware of the way GMO labeling can impact you and your family.

 

What are Genetically Modified Foods?

 

Any type of food that is genetically engineered is known as a genetically modified organism (or GMO). The meat or plant had the DNA altered by scientists by using genes from bacteria, viruses, animals, or other plants. This genetic engineering was done to produce foreign compounds within the food, which can result in a number of changes in the way the food is grown.

 

Genetic alteration does not occur naturally without human intervention. Yet, more of our food has been genetically modified resulting in potentially dangerous health implications for the people eating these ingredients. As much as 98% of the soy and 85% of the corn produced in the United States is genetically engineered, and these ingredients are added to a number of processed foods in a variety of forms. These genetic changes are made so that the plant will produce its own pesticide or it will be able to withstand a large amount of pesticides that are applied to the plants.

 

Know What is in Your Food

 

Genetically engineered food is becoming more common in the grocery stores, and many people are eating these ingredients without realizing the potentially harmful health problems that can occur. Every person has the right to know what is in their food, so they can make the decision about whether they want to eat genetically modified ingredients.

 

When foods are labeled as genetically modified, you have the opportunity to make the decision about the products that you want to purchase. On the other hand, if GMO labeling is not required, then you might find yourself in a situation where you unknowingly consume genetically modified foods because there are no indicators that you are buying ingredients that have been genetically modified.

 

Some people claim that GMO labeling isn’t necessary because genetically modified foods are not harmful to a person’s health. There are a number of factors which suggest that genetically modified foods are in fact harmful to the human body, and each person has the right to choose the foods that they are consuming, so they can make better choices to protect their health.Back in March 2015, the World Health Organization labeled the main herbicide used on GMO crops as “probably carcinogenic”. Since then

 

The best way to avoid GMOs and identify what is in your food, is to buy 100% Organic, Certified Organic, and USDA Organic-labeled products.

 

Facts About GMO Food Labeling

 

Some people are opposed to GMO labeling because they claim that it will increase the cost of food since manufacturers have to switch out the products labels. But, the truth is that companies typically switch out the labels on a regular basis anyway, and these new labeling laws would allow a grace period for companies to comply with new labeling requirements. In fact, many of these companies already label the GMO foods that are sent to other countries, because those countries require the labeling and the United States does not. Currently, 64 nations require mandatory labeling of GMOs.

 

GMO labeling is very important, because GMO crops use a lot more pesticides compared with conventional crops. The farmers apply pesticides liberally to protect their crop from insects and other pests, which means that you are consuming those pesticides when you eat the food.

 

Do you know numerous states and regions in the European Union, and several dozen entire nations have banned GMO crops altogehter? YES! Here are some to name a few: Switzerland, Australia, Austria, China, India, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, and Russia..

 

How You Can Make a Difference for GMO Labeling

 

The problem is that many people don’t know that their food choices contain genetically modified ingredients, because these food products aren’t labeled. Some states are working to pass laws that require GMO labeling, but the majority of the country does not require these types of product labels.

 

Some people feel as though they can’t make a difference, because one voice won’t be able to promote change in the food industry. But, there are things that you can do to step up and make your voice heard. Even though a large majority of Americans want to know if they are consuming foods with GMOs, the food industry is powerful and has been lobbying to withhold this information from the public. These Biotech companies know that their sales will go down if the public can see that the products contain GMOs, so the companies are working hard to keep the information out of public sight.

 

Start out by learning more about GMO labeling requirements in your state, and look for potential legislation that might impact these laws. Contact your legislators and look for ways that you can put your support behind labeling laws in your state.

 

Also, make sure to check out the Non-GMO Project, which is a nationwide organization that offers third-party labeling to verify non-GMO food and products. Spread the word about genetically modified foods and GMO labeling, because you can share this information with other people and build a stronger voice to be noticed by food manufacturers and lobbyists.

 

Resources:

http://coachdebbieruns.com/2013/10/07/gmo-labeling-matters/
http://www.nongmoproject.org/
http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/regulation/labelling/
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/04/21/boycott-gmos-roundup.aspx#_edn2