What is GMO Food?

GMO foods are so common in our food chain supply today. They are being fed to us in about 80%  our shelf foods and  vegetables and fed to us through our animal protein too.  We feed our animals corn and soy in their feed which means we are ingesting that too, that is why grass fed beef or grass fed pastured animals are better for us to eat!  If you eat organic, then you are not getting GMO foods. But eating organic everything can be impossible for a lot of people so know that corn, soy, and even a lot of our tomatoes are GMO unless they are organic. So think about all the corn chips you may eat!? All are GMO unless you eat organic corn chips or stated as NON GMO on the bag. There are many organic brands available now! And did you know zucchini and papaya are GMO’s too!  I truly believe that all the ingestion of GMOs is why we have so many illnesses, allergies, food intolerances, and autoimmune conditions today in the US.  This is a topic important to me that I wanted to share with you! I hope you find it helpful.

What is GMO food?

The term “genetically modified organism” or GMO is used when a food’s DNA has been changed (modified) in a laboratory through engineering or biotechnology. This is a very different technique than traditional plant breeding. For example, genetic engineering could take a gene from a fish and insert it into a plant.

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GMO food can be legally patented because new organisms are created, so under current law the company that creates it can legally own it. This means that farmers cannot save seeds to use in the future; they must pay the company who created the seeds for all future use.

GMO foods available in the market today have been engineered to be resistant to pesticides.

For example, the GMO seeds that Monsanto sells to farmers are “RoundUp Ready,” which means that Monsanto sells the seed with the pesticide, which is applied to kill weeds but it doesn’t kill the GMO plant.

But over time, some weeds have mutated to become resistant to the pesticides (often called “super weeds”) so farmers are encouraged to buy larger amounts of pesticides. Some chemical companies are creating stronger types of pesticides.

GMO foods in grocery stores are currently all plants such as corn, soy, canola, and sugar beets. The products made from these genetically modified foods include corn syrup, cooking oil, and sugar, which are common in the American diet.

Most conventional processed foods contain some GMO ingredients, but until GMO labeling is required consumers can’t know what foods have been genetically modified.

Right now there are no genetically modified animals sold for food, but the FDA currently has a decision pending on a GMO salmon that grows twice as big as wild salmon. Many other GMO plants and animals could follow.

GMO Corn

gmoHave you ever wondered how GMO corn is made? Roundup Ready Corn is genetically engineered corn that has had its DNA modified to withstand the herbicide glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup). It is also known as “glyphosate tolerant corn.” RR corn was first deregulated in the U.S. in 1997 and first commercialized in the U.S. in 1998. One variety of RR Corn, NK603, was linked to tumors in rats in the Seralini study last year!

GMO Labeling

gmo2GMO labeling laws need to reach an enormous number of products because farms are expanding the use of genetically engineered crops that are used in processed foods. The Grocery Manufacturers Association estimated 80 percent of conventional processed foods contain GMOs. Under the proposed laws, all such foods would likely be subject to labeling requirements.

Despite the complexity of  issues on labeling one thing is clear: laws on this issue are rapidly evolving, and the food industry should take care to monitor these developments and prepare for potential changes in their labeling practices.

GMO and Digestive Problems

gmo3Could GMOs be behind your digestive problems? The incidence of leaky gut is on the rise since they were introduced into our food. Leaky gut is linked to immune reactions, digestive problems, food sensitivities, allergies, and more. GMO’s are widely used in prescription medicines and supplements too! Read labels!

TIPS

Reading labels for NON GMO or knowing that maltodextrin is usually a corn derived ingredient (found in splenda and stevia products too), and choosing organic can help you limit your exposure and your family’s!

The use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products. This means an organic farmer can’t plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can’t eat GMO alfalfa or corn, and an organic soup producer can’t use any GMO ingredients. To meet the USDA organic regulations, farmers and processors must show they aren’t using GMOs and that they are protecting their products from contact with prohibited substances, such as GMOs, from farm to table. – See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/05/17/organic-101-can-gmos-be-used-in-organic-products/#sthash.U3AUVXFs.dpuf

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