Image: Nature's Path Organic Foods
In light of it being GMO Awareness Month
this October, and that TreeHugger has written extensively on the subject but never done a really succinct piece on what a genetically modified organism is, I'm passing on this infographic from Nature's Path
Organic Foods. It does a good job of explaining what a GMO is
, and the current situation in regards to requiring labeling on them in food in various places around the world.
Hint: The US and Canada don't require labeling, while many other major countries do.
As you can see from this blog post most developed nations do not consider GMO's safe.
Over 80% of all GMO's grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased 15 times since GMO's were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of"super weeds" and "super bugs", which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons like 2, 4D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange) The long-term impacts of GMO's are unknown, and once released into the environment these novel organisms cannot be recalled.
(taken from the non GMO project)
We all need to take the time to read ingredients on the foods we are buying. Hopefully this article will give you some helpful information to make intelligent food decisions for you and your family.
Until next time,Jan