More GMO Info - What You Must Know

More GMO Info – What You Must Know

May 20th, 2014 by Loretta Lanphier

More GMO Info – What You Must Know

GMO Definition: Genetically Modified Organisms engineered from DNA of different species of plant, animal, bacterial, and viral genes. [1]  Although labeling of genetically modified organism (GMO) products in the marketplace is required in 64 countries, it is not required in the United States and no distinction between marketed GMO and non-GMO foods is recognized by the US FDA. GMO info is clearly being withheld from the American public.

GMOs are present in 60 to 70 percent of foods on U.S. supermarket shelves, and processed foods are the most popular vehicles for them.”

Bill Freese – Center for Food Safety

More Interesting GMO Info and Facts

  • Global Area of GMO crops:170.1 million hectares [2]
  • Area of Alaska: 171.7 million hectares [3]
  • 70% of items in American food stores contain GMOs [4]
  • 0% of items in American food stores contained GMOs prior to 1996 [5]
  • 50% of nations (including all EU countries) restrict or ban GMO production/sales [6]
  • In the US: FDA ruled GMOs not significantly different from naturally occurring foods
  • Approval based on studies conducted by GMO manufacturers themselves [6]
  • 87% of consumers want foods containing GMOs to be labeled
  • 53% of Americans would refuse to buy genetically modified food
  • 80% of conventionally processed food contains GMOs in the US – labeling not required
  • GMOs are manufactured for herbicide tolerance, particularly to glyphosate (RoundUp). Negative effects include:
  1. Glyphosate builds up in the soil, contaminating it. [7]
  2. Weeds resistant to glyphosate develop, spawning super weeds. [7]
  3. 1: breeds of weeds resistant to glyphosate (ryegrass found in Australia) prior to 2010
  4. 6: US states where glyphosate-resistant weeds have been reported in the past three years [8]
  5. 1500%: increase in herbicide production since GMOs introduced [7]
  6. Signing of “Monsanto Protection Act” prevents government restrictions on GMO food found to cause health risks [6]
  7. One corn GMO type threatened to wipe out Monarch butterfly larvae by contaminating milkweed [8]
  8. “None of the genetically modified food crops currently on the market offer benefits to consumers in terms of price, nutrition, or new products.” Ucsusa.org [8]
  9. Over 40 genetically modified crops are allowed to be sold in the US. [8]
  10. GMOs make it possible for allergens in one food type to emerge in a completely different species. [8]
  11. GMOs found to transfer genetically altered DNA into the DNA of bacteria living in the human stomach, reproducing indefinitely. [9]
  12. GMOs can contaminate existing species being grown organically. [9]
  13. GMO producers can actually sue farmers whose crops are infected by GMO contaminates for intellectual property theft. [9]
  14. As evidenced by the percentage of crops containing GMOs, producers like Monsanto have a virtual monopoly on the US farming industry. [10]

Top Foods Containing GMOs

  • Sugar Beets (95% of US crop) – Approximately 50% of white sugar sold in the US is made from GMO sugar beets.
  • Soy (94% of US crop)
  • Canola (90% of US crop)
  • Cotton (90% of US crop)
  • Corn (88% of US crop) [9]

Others

  • Alfalfa – Alfalfa is fed to dairy cows –  the source of milk, butter, yogurt, meat and so much more. Alfalfa is the fourth largest crop grown in the U.S., behind corn, soybeans, and wheat (though there is no genetically engineered wheat on the market).
  • Papaya – 75 percent of the Hawaiian papaya crop is genetically modified  in order to withstand the papaya ringspot virus.
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash
  • Golden Rice
  • Salmon
  • Meats – Meat products that are not certified organic or grass-fed have been raised on GMO corn and soy.

More GMO Information: What you Definitely Need to Know About GMOs

GMOs: The Walking Dead of the Food Industry
Image source: www.nursedegree.net

Sources

– [1] http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/what-is-gmo/
– [2] http://www.isaaa.org/resources/publications/briefs/44/executivesummary/pdf/Brief%2044%20-%20Executive%20Summary%20-%20English.pdf
– [3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_and_territories_by_area
– [4] http://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelhennessey/2012/11/03/gmo-food-debate-in-the-national-spotlight/
– [5] http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/02/gmo-farming-crops-more-popular-than-ever-world-charts
– [6] http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/
– [7] http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/health/gmo-toxicity-affects-animals-plants-and-soil-336742.html
– [8] http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/genetic-engineering/environmental-effects-of.html#monarch
– [9] http://www.naturalnews.com/038792_GMO_toxicity_digestion_cancer.html
– [10] http://grist.org/food/monsanto-flirts-with-disaster-owns-the-world-anyway/

Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician of choice.

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