We all have heard about the GMO controversy. It has been suggested that 80% of our food in this country is derived from genetically altered food sources. The most common GMOs are soy, cotton, canola, corn, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, alfalfa, and squash (zucchini and yellow).
When I think about GMOs my thoughts automatically go to the basic fruits, and vegetables. What I didn’t know is how some companies are using them to create the ingredients used in packaged food. Checkout the list of some of these Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Risk Crops as listed by The Non-GMO Project:
Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.
The biggest, and yet unsolved issue is how these GMO foods are affecting us when we consume them. Don’t forget, it’s not just not our fruits, veggies that can affect us, but what about the meat products we consume? Most of our meat supply is being fed with GMO containing feeds.
We just don’t know all the ramifications of ingesting genetically altered foods. Some suggest that GMOs can be toxic, less nutritious, and cause allergy based illness such as asthma, auto-immume disorders, digestive problems, etc. The fact is that there has not been enough research before the onslaught to the American consumer. But there is plenty of information out there to show us that we should take care in what we feed our family and our animals. You can read for yourself the extensive report GMO Truths and Myths from Earth Open Source.
And for those of you still not convinced that we are actually exposed to so much genetically altered foods, here is a bit of information that may help change your mind. Monsanto is trying to corner the market with their variety of GMO for Sweet Corn, which swept the county by storm hitting the grocery stores, farmers markets and farmstands in 2012. It is being being sold not only as fresh corn, but you can find it as frozen and canned products. According to the Non-GMO project, GMO sweet corn is genetically engineered to be herbicide resistant (Roundup Ready) and to produce its own insecticide (Bt Toxin). Like all GMOs, genetically modified sweet corn has not been thoroughly tested to ensure that it is safe for consumption.
Want to know what brands and products are verified Non-GMO products? Check this out at the Non-GMO Project… it’s one of the things they provide for us! And then make sure you buy Heirloom, Organic, Non-GMO seeds for your garden and create your own harvest for your table!