Friday, February 27, 2009

How to Tell if You are Eating GENETICLLY MODIFED FOOD

The little stickers on fruits and veggies have digits that let you know whether they’re conventionally grown or organic, and if they’re genetically modified (GM).

GM foods have been in stores only since the 1990s, so we don’t know the long-term health risks, and in a 1998 EPA sampling, 29% of the foods tested contained detectable pesticides.

Scientists are concerned that GMOs will reduce biodiversity.

People all over the world agree that the range of possible flavors is greater when we just let Mother Nature do her thing.

Here’s what to look for.
Look for the labels stuck on your fruits and veggies:

A five-digit number beginning with 9 means it’s organic.

A five-digit number beginning with 8 means it’s GM.

Wegmann's Thoughts:

Genetically modified (GM) foods are food items that have had their DNA changed through genetic engineering. What this does is creates a food that is better suited to withstand environmental forces such as drought and bugs. The fact is if you've had a loaf of store bought bread or cereal, the likelihood that you've consume GM food is great. Unlike conventional genetic modification that is carried out through conventional breeding and that have been consumed for thousands of years, GM foods were first put on the market in the early 1990s. The most common modified foods are derived from plants: soybean, corn, canola, and cotton seed oil. Here is how some of these foods become GM. Let's take soybeans, my father-in-law is a large scale farmer in Iowa. The corn and beans he purchases have been soaked in RoundUp. RoundUp is a commercial weed killer. Now as the weeds grow they spray the entire field with RoundUp and the crop does not die only the weeds. The farmers know this is a problem. But here's the catch, you cannot buy any other kind of beans or corn. You have to plant GM crops. The issue lies in a problem called Gene Transfer. This happens when genetic material from the crop can be found in the human. Human's Risk Currently there are only a few dozen peer reviewed studies completed on the health effects of genetically modified foods. The results of many of these studies strongly challenges the industry and government standard of substantial equivalence. Gene Transfer: As of January 2009 there has only been one human feeding study conducted on genetically modified foods. The study involved seven human volunteers who had their small intestines removed. These volunteers were to eat GM Soy to see if the DNA of the GM soy transferred to the human gut bacteria. Researchers identified that three of the seven volunteers had transgenes from GM soy transferred into their gut bacteria. "This transgene was stable inside the bacteria and appeared to produce herbicide-tolerant protein... In the only human feeding study ever conducted on GM crops, long standing assumptions that genes would not transfer to human gut bacteria were overturned. The findings should prompt immediate comprehensive follow-up tests to determine the implications for health among both the general population and at-risk groups. GM food cannot be a smart sustainable way to handle our food supply. Food cannot altered and expected to not cause side effects. Be smart, read labels, and eat and buy local.