Genetically Modified Food – How Can You Tell?
Thanks to labelgmos.org for the following information:
We Currently Eat Genetically Engineered Food, But Don’t Know It
Fact: GMO’s have not been proven safe, and the long-term health risks of genetically modified foods have not been adequately investigated.
We have a right to know what’s in our food. 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.
GMO food is supposed to have a 5 digit PLU code that starts with an 8. Organic PLU codes are 5 numbers that start with a 9. Organic producers/grocers do a good job of labeling their food. The problem is that most GMO food isn’t labelled at all.
Today, as much as 86% of corn in the U.S. is GMO. 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. [EPA Pesticides] Potatoes are also altered with bacteria genes, “super” pigs altered with human growth genes, tomatoes altered with fish genes, and fish altered with cattle growth genes.
According to the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, 80% of packaged foods contain genetically engineered ingredients – but you wouldn’t know it by reading the labels. GMO crops are also added to processed foods as oils, sweeteners & soy proteins and in things like amino acids, aspartame, vitamin C, flavoring (natural & artificial), maltodextrins and more.
Making progress: California Ballot Initiative to Require Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods Submitted to Attorney General
Wide-Ranging Coalition Seeks to Secure Initiative on November 2012 Ballot
SACRAMENTO, CA – In November of 2011, the grassroots Committee For the Right to Know and a wide-ranging coalition of consumer, public health and environmental organizations, food companies, and individuals submitted the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act to the State Attorney General for title and summary, prior to circulation as an initiative measure for the November 2012 election.
The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act was carefully and specifically written to avoid any unnecessary burden or cost to consumers or producers. Become involved and help us move forward.
Look for organic meat, dairy and produce everywhere you shop.