What Are We Eating?

Fact: GMO's have not been proven safe, and the long-term health risks on humans of genetically modified foods have not been adequately investigated.

We have a Right to Know What's in our Food

 

We Currently Eat Genetically Engineered Food, But Don’t Know It

A genetically engineered food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature, and is experimental. The correct scientific term is "transgenics," and is also often referred to as (GE) genetically engineered.
Example: Genetically Modified corn has been engineered in a laboratory to produce pesticides in its own tissue. GMO Corn is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency as an Insecticide, but is sold unlabeled. [EPA Pesticides]
 
 

The Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods Are Unclear

Unlike the strict safety evaluations required for the approval of new drugs, the safety of genetically engineered foods for human consumption is not adequately tested. 
 
There have been NO long-term studies conducted on the safety of genetically engineered foods on humans.

The issue of GM food safety was first discussed at a meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and biotech representatives in 1990. The "substantial equivalence" concept was proposed in early 1996. The adoption of the concept of substantial equivalence allowed permission to market and sell new foods without any safety or toxicology tests as long as they were not too different in chemical composition to foods already on the market. [FDA GRAS proposal] To decide if a modified product is substantially equivalent, the product is tested by the manufacturer for unexpected changes in a limited set of variables such as toxins, nutrients or allergens that are known to be present in the unmodified food. If these tests show no significant difference between the modified and unmodified products, then no further food safety testing is required.   

 

 

Much of the World Already Requires Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods

64 countries with over 40% of the world’s population already label genetically engineered foods, including the entire European Union. China labels genetically engineered foods.  The same companies that fight GMO labeling in the US reformulate or label GMOs in the foods they sell overseas. Why do they afford non-citizens transparency when they've spent over $100M to keep us from knowing what's in our food here in the US?

 

Just Like Nutrition Facts

We didn’t use to label foods with calorie or nutritional value information, but we do now, and most consumers use this information every day. The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act simply requires food producers to also label food that contains genetically engineered ingredients.

 

Cost to Consumers or Food Producers

According to a 2014 report by Consumers Union, labeling would cost consumers about 1 penny per day.  Producers change their labels all the time and don't increase the costs to their customers.  Once people KNOW what is in their food, they can then make the informed choice to avoid the potential health risks of GMOs until more research on their long-term effects can be done.  

 

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  • There are countries that ban GMO’s. The others, such as Japan, require labeling the GMO imports (by the US) but also test to ensure the label is accurate. The FlavrSavr tomato, introduced to the US market in 1994, is no longer on the market. Why? Because it did not perform as anticipated. How can we assume that GMO’s are safe when the engineering performance can’t be predicted, much less the consequences to our health and environment. We are “gene” pigs and having this crap pushed down our throats… literally. Buy organic. It is a bit pricey but so is the alternative medical bills.
  • Genevra Griggs – I’ll tell you what’s wrong with nearly every single study done on GMO’s is it’s backed by companies that are in the business to sell crops. That means there’s a conflict of interest. The only way we’ll ever know is when 3rd parties design studies that don’t care one way or the other.
  • I’ve been very sick with muscle spasms, insomnia, diarrhea and depression. I’ve tried every SSRI & GABA drug there is with little to no relief. Modern medicine was given a chance to help me and it failed miserably. My symptoms didn’t get better until I started eating an organic/non-gmo diet. Within ONE WEEK (!!!) I was sleeping better and the muscle spasms were gone. My depression is lifting now and my stomach issues are almost non-existant, yet people tell me GMO’s are safe! That organic food is a gimmick! I know this to be false. I am not the only one with a story like this, there are many more. Google it if you don’t believe me. The truth is most people that say GMO’s are safe have an ulterior motive (usually wanting to try to sell you their poisonous crops). Our food is worthless. Nobody in the world wants it, so we’re pumping our own population full with chemicals and foods that have been altered genetically. Look that up if you don’t believe me. Mexico doesn’t even want our food! MEXICO!!! Give me a break. Stop this madness.
  • What Are We Eating?
  • Should genetically modified foods be sold with a warning label?
    By: Brecon Schumann
    Have you ever wondered what’s in your food? That’s an easy question and answer, right? You just look on the back and read the label, but that’s actually not everything. And the secret ingredient is: Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs. What if there was this thing called the GMO label or something like that, which kept the GMOs out of your home and body? I’m here to argue FOR GMO labels
    The reason for the need for GMO labels is because GMOs are just plain bad. According to the FDA GMOs cause disease, allergies ,and nutritional problems. But not enough tests have been done on long term impact even though it’s been urged many times by the FDA, but why? Infact as much as we claim to know about GMOs they still are a mystery.
    My first point is the fact that GMOs are very unethical. It’s literally modifying the genetic makeup of your food, packing it, shiping it to your stores, and putting it into the consumer’s homes. For this reason people rightfully want to know whether or not they are eating GMO food. If it was labeled people wanting to avoid it could just keep walking by in stores.
    My second point is .that if people were avoiding GMOs in food, those companies would lose business. Thus, it forces them to drop their GMO ingredients in food. which would lead to a healthier and better lifestyle for the people and companies producing these foods and eating these foods.
    My third point is how it would be almost costless. Considering the amount of paper used for the normal labels it would be easy and almost costless to add the three letters “GMO” to your favorite foods labels. Or you could produce GMO stickers that would be put on GMO foods.
    For these reasons I think that GMOs should be labeled at least. I hope in the future People can come to see what GMOs really do and start building a healthier and better food industry. I hope I helped bring you to my side of the argument about GMOs but if not I’m glad that I was able to inform you at best, And thank you for reading my essay.

    had to write this for school (essay) like it?
  • None of what Daniel Gilleron posted has any factual backing. Thousands of experiments have been conducted to examine a link between cancer and GMO, there is a stronger correlation between cancer and bacon or not taking exercise than there is with GM agriculture.
    Some GM crops are avoided by animals because they contain pesticide resistance, meaning that farmers that grow these will have a greater yield so YES, they will help small farmers to grow a better yield and help reduce world poverty and hunger.
    Go to www.pubmed.com or any peer-review scientific publishing site and get some proven facts before you advance any arguments about GM.
  • LABEL GMOS! SEE www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/what-is-gmo/ FOR MORE!
  • This link goes to an interesting and informative article on HR 1599 (GMO labeling)
    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-eat-food-pj-tillman-j-d-?trk=pulse_spock-articles
  • http://www.flushthetpp.org/ SPREAD THIS FOR OUR OWN GOOD
  • @lee P. Your skin has tons of bacteria. Your mouth has tons of bacteria. We are mostly bacteria.
  • Wow, really opens my eyes. Now I’m more clear on what I’m feeding my family.
  • Vote “YES” on 37, to Label GMOS
  • No Cost to Consumers or Food Producers The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act will have no... http://t.co/kPpPw8Ws
  • I was delighted to sign today at Whole Foods – San Rafael, CA. Bravo!!!
  • What Are We Eating? http://t.co/JY80wpsd via @Label_GMOs
  • Please donate time or money or both. I’m worried about the farmers who use non-organically grown fertilizers to grow their Certified Organically crops. After viewing mercola.com where Dr Mercola Interviews Dr Huber about GMO, a video about of 57 minutes, I realize there’s been too much wishful thinking that pollution from herbicides, such as glyphosate (Roundup, a patented & trademarked herbicide) somehow disappears in the composting or aging process. Not! In fact, it’s still there, & the breakdown products can be worse. Because many farmers, including many if not most organic farmers, buy non-organic fertilizers, such as feather, blood, and bone meal, peanut meal, manure from non-organic animals such as poultry & cattle raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), to name a few, it has become necessary to either donate time or money or both to the campaign to label GMO’s to reduce & eventually eliminate their use. Thank you for your participation, & please realize & remember that there’s no such thing as healthful co-existence with GMOs.