Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)

GMOs: What are GMOs? Genetically Modified Organisms. The correct scientific term is "transgenics." A genetically engineered food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature, is a deviation from God’s design, and is experimental. Currently, GMOs are found in 80% of U.S. packaged and processed foods. GM crops include 93% of soybeans, 86% of corn, 93% canola, and 95% sugar beets, cottonseed, hawaiian papaya, a small amount of zucchini and yellow squash, and dairy products injected with GM bovine growth hormone.

Michael Pollan summed up the problem with GMOs in his phrase “playing God in the garden” in an 1998 New York Times article. To Pollen, the two most disturbing concepts of GMO are that: 1. GMOs forcibly cross two living species that the laws of nature have been designed to prevent from mating. Conventional breeding has built-in limits. Nature will not allow DNA to mix if it comes form species that are too far apart. 2. We are manipulating the DNA of living organisms for our own purposes (and profit).

The Bible reveals God's good plan for each species to remain separate, reproducing according to its own kind. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day. (Genesis 1:11-13, NKJV)

Labeled in nearly 50 countries: While Canada and the U.S. do not require labeling of GM foods, they are required to be labeled in nearly 50 countries around the world including the United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, China, New Zealand and many others. 

American Public Wants GMOs Labeled: A recent poll released by ABC News found that 93% of the American public wants the federal government to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. As ABC News stated, “Such near-unanimity in public opinion is rare.” Yet the United States is one of the countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling of GE food.

Health Risks: Why would you want them labeled? Learn more on these websites:
www.labelgmos.org and http://responsibletechnology.org. The main reason for concern is that there is enough independent data to show both health and environmental risks for GMOs. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems. Genes inserted into GM soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us. The toxic insecticide produced by GM corn was found in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses. Numerous GM vegetables, fruits and animal products are currently being developed and considered for approval.

State Propositions: While the California 2012 Proposition to label foods containing GMOs failed by a small margin, other states such as Oregon and Vermont will soon vote on the same issue.

What You Can Do:
1. Tell your friends and family about GMO foods.
2. Vote with your wallet and your fork. You have an opportunity to support GM-free foods every time you buy foods in grocery stores and restaurants. Buy GM-free foods and support those businesses who offer GM-free foods. If GM-free selection is lacking or low, educate your local grocery store and restaurant owners.


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