Genetically Modified (GM) Foods Prepare a Takeover

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April 06, 2005 | 21,046 views

For nearly a decade, most Americans have been unknowingly consuming unlabeled genetically modified (GM) foods, according to a survey involving 1,200 Americans. It seems that genetic modification of foods has begun to take precedence, as roughly 75 percent of U.S. processed foods contain some GM ingredients, including foods such as:

A grocery manufacturer’s group, Grocery Manufacturers of America, explained that nearly every product with a corn or soy ingredient, as well as some containing canola or cottonseed oil, has a GM component. The numbers speak for themselves: More than 80 percent of soy and 40 percent of corn raised in the United States is a GM variety.

GM Foods: The Frightening Facts

Genetically modifying crops involves transferring genes from a plant or animal into a plant. Often, the “goal” is to eliminate the use of pesticides and make farming more productive and affordable. And while many experts believe GM foods may someday help prevent illnesses such as cancer and osteoporosis, critics claim GM foods could cause health problems (allergic or toxic reactions), as well as damage the environment. Moreover, issues regarding GM foods have already hit the forefront:

Another pitfall: There’s no system for tracking or reporting associated health problems caused by GM foods.

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Unfortunately, the above survey found that many people are still as clueless about them as before, with less than half of the people interviewed unaware that GM foods are sold in grocery stores. If you are like most people and just aren’t clear about how you can avoid GM foods, please read the article I wrote last on how to identify genetically modified (GM) foods.

GM foods are so prevalent in the United States that if you randomly pick an item off your grocery store’s shelves, you have a 75 percent chance of picking a food with GM ingredients. This is because at least seven out of every 10 items have been genetically modified.

Americans are largely kept in the dark about the truth about GM products; and because there are no labeling requirements, most people are not even aware they are putting potentially harmful ingredients into their bodies. My most serious concern is that there aren't any long-term human studies determining what happens after genetically modified foods are consumed.

Move Toward Better Health--Avoid GM Foods

Therefore, since it’s obvious there's no telling what effects GM foods will have on your body, I believe it would be wise to try and avoid them at all costs.

To guide you in understanding the problems associated with GM foods, I strongly recommend reading the incredible series Seeds of Doubt, written by staffers at the Sacramento Bee. Additionally, the steps below will help you steer clear of GM products for good:

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