One of the most dangerous and least understood experiments with human health the world has ever known is currently underway without your consent—in your household and households across the nation, indeed throughout our entire planet. It is the wholesale contamination of the world’s food supply with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Government and the GMO industry say these new crops are environmentally safe and that there’s no nutritional difference between GMOs and conventional crops. According to them we don’t need to know, so no labeling is required.
This October, Down to Earth will join more than 1,500 grocery retailers across North America participating in the fifth annual Non-GMO Month. This month-long celebration puts a spotlight on a person’s right to choose food and products without genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Why should we be concerned about GMOs?
Health risks: No one is certain how these new gene combinations will behave long-term. Animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GMO food, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.
Environmental risks: Genetic engineering allows plants to survive high doses of weed killers, resulting in higher herbicide residues in our food. GMO crops are creating ‘super weeds’ and ‘super bugs,’ which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons. Pollen drift from GMOs can contaminate nearby crops and wild plants through crossbreeding. Once released into the environment inadvertently, GMOs cannot be recalled.
GMOs are in 80% of the processed food on grocery store shelves.
- Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
- Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
- Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres. Down to Earth sells only non-GMO papayas!)
- Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
- Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)