A growing number of people are refusing to eat genetically modified food these days. Others don’t care one way or the other and don’t believe that their lives are affected by the issue. The vast majority of people are concerned about the increasing percentage of the nation’s foods that have been genetically modified, but have no idea how many of the foods they eat fall into that category. At the very least, they deserve to know which foods are genetically engineered and which aren’t, but the U.S. is one of the world’s many countries that does not yet require GMO labeling.
Also known as biotech foods, GMO foods are those that are derived from genetically modified organisms. The aim of modifications – made through the insertion or deletion of genes – is usually faster growth, resistance to pathogens or production of extra nutrients. The commercial sale of GMO foods began in 1994. Between 1996 and 2011, the total surface area of land cultivated with GMOs increased to 395 million acres from 4.2 million acres. It’s estimated that today in the U.S., 95 percent of the planted areas of sugar beet, 93 percent of soybeans and 86 percent of corn are genetically modified varieties.
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Check out the article below, “Top 6 Ways to Identify and Avoid GMO Foods.” (The article actually provides seven ways.) A poll is cited indicating that 90 percent of people would, if given a choice, actively seek to avoid genetically modified organisms in their food. But it’s also acknowledged that it’s very difficult to avoid GMOs unless you know what to look for.
If you want to avoid GMO foods, you’re going to have to make a very conscious effort to do so. I’ve added three ways to avoid GMO foods to the article’s seven to produce 10 Ways to Spot and Avoid Genetically Engineered Foods:
- Look at the stickers on fruit.
- Buy local and talk to your farmers.
- Avoid the top four GMO crops of soy, corn, canola and cottonseed.
- Encourage your favorite food providers to label their food “GMO free.”
- Buy organically grown food.
- Use conventional or organic sugar.
- Grow your own food.
- Buy whole foods.
- Purchase beef that’s 100 percent grass fed.
- Tell your lawmakers that you want GMO-free labeling to become mandatory.
Let me know how you feel about genetically engineered food. Do you care if the food you eat is genetically modified? Do you actively try to avoid GMO foods? Do you have any other ways you use to avoid GMO foods? Sound off in the comments!