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Saturday, April 6, 2013

GMO s: What Are They?

The 411 on GMO s

Genetically modified organisms sound like something out of a science-fiction novel, but they are sold on virtually every grocery-store-shelf in America.

Corn is the most prevalent GMO crop in the United States. 25 percent of the corn grown in this country has been genetically altered with a bacterial gene that produces an insecticide, making the plants poisonous to caterpillars, and 85 percent of all corn grown in this nation as of 2012, is genetically altered somehow.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture assures Americans that genetically modified crops pose no more - nor less - health risks than NON – GMO food sources; whether America truly believes that genetically altered crops and fish are safe to eat is another story.

Organizations such as the NON - GMO Project adamantly believe that genetically altered food of any type is UN-healthy, risky, is a potential ecological disaster, and that GMO agriculture should be avoided like the plague at all costs.

These types of Anti - GMO organizations were recently in the news and social media, promoting mandatory warning labels on all genetically altered food sources. The daunting task of such an endeavor to track down and label every can, box, and piece of produce, fish, meat and poultry, alienates them politically with lawmakers in Washington DC. 

With all the dangerous things that are going on in the world today, whether or not eating is going to one of them still remains to be seen.