5 Reasons to Say No to GMOs

How to Say “No”
to GMO Foods

Organizations around the country are campaigning to bring together those people who are passionate about food safety and those who are working against world hunger.

The two movements ought to go hand-in-hand. But with the advent of genetically modified crops in the past two decades, corporate giants have muddied the issue. The makers of crops comprised of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) promise bigger crop yields and an end to world hunger. But twenty years into the GMO experiment, the results have been largely disappointing.

For example, the promise of bigger yields… Bigger crop yields could certainly be beneficial. But crops produced from GMOs just don’t consistently deliver on this promise. Some varieties provide a marginal increase in yields, but many actually have lower yields than conventional crops. Farmers are finding that staple GMO crops like soybeans and corn are water hungry, creating an additional strain during drought years. And higher, rather than lower, rates of chemical treatments are polluting soil, groundwater, and the food supply.

It’s no wonder that many people in the U.S. have seized the opportunity to protest the infiltration of GMO crops into our food supply. Groups around the nation will march, protest, and gather to raise awareness about GMO crops and to demand laws requiring foods containing these experimental foods be labeled.

Problems with the GMO Experiment

The reasons for protesting GMO foods are numerous.

Health: The promise from GMO seed makers and the FDA is that these foods are safe. “Generally regarded as safe” is the label given them by the FDA. But health studies on GM foods give mixed results. Some of the studies that look closely at effects of eating GMOs over the long-term have shown that some GMOs:

  • Raise triglyceride levels, increasing your risk of heart disease
  • Cause severe stomach inflammation
  • Can trigger tumor growth
  • And may introduce new allergens into the food supply

Political: On the political front, you’ll find plenty of justification for being suspicious of GMO foods. Key players in the government agencies approving these foods used to work for GMO leader, Monsanto. In fact, some government employees move back and forth between agencies like the EPA, FDA, USDA, and Monsanto every few years. It’s crony capitalism at its worst.

Environmental: The rates of the herbicide glyphosate and the insecticide Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) that are being found in the soil, groundwater, and even in human bodies have been steadily rising since the introduction of GMO crops. These crops were supposed to reduce human exposure to pesticides. But the opposite has actually been true.

Economic: Monsanto is approaching a monopoly on the corn seed and soybean seed market in the U.S., a fact that could have big economic repercussions over the long term. When crops are plowed under after harvest, they are changing the soil composition at the microbial level, which could affect crop production in the long run.

Personal Liberty: The simple fact is, these companies are using you as a lab rat. And there is no easy way for you to avoid participating in their lab experiment. Staple crops like corn, soybeans, and canola (rapeseed) are almost entirely GMO. These foods or derivatives of them are in almost every packaged food sold at stores. Unless you become a very informed, very dedicated shopper, you won’t be able to avoid them because food manufacturers are not required to label whether or not they use GMOs.

6 Ways to Begin
Cutting Your GMO Intake

It isn’t easy to remove GMOs from your diet, but these six tips can help you begin to immediately reduce your GMO exposure:

  • Avoid foods with top GMO ingredients: corn, soybean or soybean oil, and canola oil. Sugar beets are another popular GMO crop, so choose foods with cane sugar when you can.
  • Look for the GMO-Free label. This is a market-based initiative that helps food manufacturers test their foods for GMOs and gives them a label when they are free from GMO ingredients.
  • Ask your grocer to carry more GMO-free foods.
  • Buy more fresh produce. Most produce is not GMO. The fresher the food you eat, the less exposure you’ll have.
  • Buy your meat from local farmers who have made a commitment to using non-GMO feed for their livestock.
  • Grow your own vegetables for the healthiest, tastiest food possible.

Nothing is more fundamental to the health of a society than its food supply. Ours is being tampered with, but you can protect yourself. Why not make a change to healthier, whole, non-GMO foods?