What is GMO?
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism and is most often referred to when it comes to our food.
The DNA from other plants, viruses, animals and bacteria are injected into the cells of existing species. This is supposed to make them more resistant to the rain, drought, pests, etc. Up until this point, these viruses and bacteria have never been a part of the human food supply.
Even though we tend to see Organic that way, you have to do more research on where the farmer got the seeds from. A GMO seed could be organic and has still the same issue as GMO seeds. Monsanto owns most of the seed supplies in US and there are higher chances that you are growing them in your backyard.
According to the Just Label It campaign:
- 59% of sugar produced in the US is made from sugar beets and 90% of the beets are genetically engineered
- Over 90% of canola oil is genetically engineered
- 90% of the cotton planted in the US is genetically modified
- 94% of all soybeans planted in the US are genetically modified
- 88% of US Corn is genetically modified
You should avoid consuming the above if you live in US. GMO hasn’t been proven safe so far. Read more about it from Seeds Now since the source of this article is from there and they have several video’s to educate yourself about GMO.
Read also the same topic at 8 Things You can do for safely ignore GMO products from your shopping list.
Vandana Shiva (born 5 November 1952), is an Indian environmental activist and anti-globalization author. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, has authored more than 20 books. She was trained as a physicist and received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 1978 with the doctoral dissertation “Hidden variables and locality in quantum theory.”
She discusses this topic too deep on the sad truth behind GMO and growing plants or vegetables naturally. It’s very important to know what we consume as a food to save us. She is a phenomenal women advocating against patenting seeds and organic movement.