Article Archives > Concerned about GMOs or GEOs?*


10 Oct 2011

*A GMO or GEO is an organism (plant or animal) containing altered genes to display desirable traits. Transgenic genetic engineering involves inserting genes from an unrelated species (including transferring genes from animals to plants and vice versa).
 
Foods containing GMO/ GEO ingredients do not have to be labeled as such. 
USDA certified Organic products are not allowed to contain GMOs/ GEOs.
 
According to the Organic Center, "GE (genetically engineered)crops have been responsible for an increase of 383 million pounds of herbicide use in the U.S. over the first 13 years of commercial use of GE crops (1996-2008)."
 
According to the Congressional Research Service:
·      “Over the last decade, GE varieties in the United States have increased from 3.6 million acres to 165 million acres in 2010.”
·      “GE varieties now dominate soybean, cotton, and corn production in the United States, and they continue to expand rapidly in other countries.”
·      “An estimated 60%-70% of all processed U.S. foods likely contain some GE material.”

Other Concerns over GMOs include:
  • allergic reactions to GMOs in food,
  • the presence of antibiotics in genetically modified genes,
  • the ability of GMOs to escape into the environment,
  • weeds resistant to herbicides,
  • unknown ingredients in our food. 
 
A legal petition (Docket # FDA 2011-P-0723) has been filed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling on the FDA to label genetically engineered (GE) foods.
 
To learn more: About GE Foods
To sign the petition go to: Just Label It 

 

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