GMOs are Genetically Modified Organisms. . . FRANKENFOODS
Are You Eating GMO’s? : Truth & Consequences
What Too Watch out for
The most highly GE crops are: soy, cotton, canola, and corn. In the ingredients list of the products you buy,
watch out for:
Corn:corn oil, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, corn meal
Soy: soy protein, soy lecithin, soy oil, soy sauce, soy isolates
Canola: canola oil
Cotton: cottonseed oil
Since organic farming does NOT allow the use of GE ingredients in organic foods or the feeding of GE crops to organic livestock, organics are the best way to avoid GE foods and support a sustainable alternative to industrial GE agriculture.
Help stop the use of GMO’s
Canadian organic farmers are fighting to stop GMO contamination. You can help by buying organic, supporting the lobbying efforts of groups like the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (www.cban.ca), and by becoming a member of Canadian Organic Growers, who work to raise awareness of the benefits of organics and assist farmers to transition to organic agriculture.
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Biological Pollution: Unlike chemicals that are released into the environment, genetically engineered organisms are living things that will reproduce and spread uncontrollably and at will, with little possibility of containment or cleanup. Once released, they can never be recalled, so their effects are irreversible.
Increased Pesticide Use: Most GE crops have been designed to withstand herbicides. Studies show that farmers who grow GE soybeans use 2-5 times more herbicides than farmers who grow natural soy varieties.
Crop Contamination: GE pollen and seeds can contaminate farms, threatening the purity of crops.
Superweeds: Other studies have shown that GE crops can cross-pollinate with related weeds, resulting in “superweeds” that become difficult to control. Canadian canola growers have found weeds in their fields resistant to RoundUp and Liberty herbicides, forcing the growers to use more potent toxic herbicides.
Threatening organic farming: GE insect resistant crops could create “superbugs” who will build up a tolerance to a fundamental pest control tool used by organic farmers; the loss of this tool would be devastating to the safest, most environmentally friendly food production we have.
What are GMO’s?
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) are plants and animals that have had their genetic material modified or
What is genetic engineering?
Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM) is a radical new technology that manipulates the genes and
DNA – the building blocks of all living things. To create GE crops, genes from bacteria, viruses, plants, animals and even humans have been inserted into plants like soybeans, corn, canola, and cotton.
Is genetic engineering precise?
It is impossible to guide the insertion of the new gene. Genes in their natural groupings have been finely tuned to work harmoniously together by millions of years of evolution. These highly complex relationships are not understood. Any change to the DNA at any point will affect it throughout its length in ways scientists cannot predict. The claim by some that they can is both arrogant and untrue.
What is substantial equivalence?
Substantial equivalence is a legal concept invented by the biotech industry. The industry claims that a GM food or food supplement is “substantially equivalent” to, or the same as, the nonGM version and therefore does not
require labels or extensive testing. Regulators have blindly accepted the substantial equivalence doctrine without requiring independent scientific research.Multiple risks and little testing Unlike traditional crop or animal breeding, genetic engineering enables scientists to cross genes from bacteria, viruses, and even humans into plants and animals.
Never before have scientists been able to break the species barrier. Strawberries and flounder could never breed on their own, but with genetic engineering, fish genes have been spliced into strawberries. There have been no long term studies on what impact these crops may have on the environment, but scientists are already finding signs of trouble.
The genetic engineering industry claims that no one has been harmed by eating GE foods. But without labeling of GE ingredients, there is no way to track any harm. Doctors and scientists warn that there is not enough evidence to insure that these foods are safe in the human diet. In fact, there is evidence of risk:
By inserting foreign DNA into common foods, without adequate safety
testing, the biotech industry is introducing possible new food allergens. Most genes being introduced into GM plants have never been part of the food supply so we can’t know if they are likely to be allergenic. For this reason, people who are hyperallergenic or environmentally sensitive may want to avoid GM foods.
The rise of diseases that are resistant to treatment with common antibiotics is already a serious medical concern. Doctors warn that the current use of antibiotic resistance genes in GE crops may add to this risk.
A genetic experiment with our food
Chances are you have already eaten GE ingredients. Look at the ingredient list on any of the packaged foods in the supermarket. You are almost certain to find ingredients made from corn, soy, canola or cottonseed oil. These
ingredients commonly come from plants that have been genetically altered. For example, soy ingredients like lecithin, soy oil, and soy protein are found in 60- to 70 percent of all processed foods. Yet you won’t find “genetically engineered” on the label of any products containing GE ingredients. The supermarkets don’t want you to know that their products are an experiment unique in human history; an experiment that doctors and scientists around the world are warning may not be safe. However, when it comes to patenting, the “substantially equivalent” GM food transforms into a unique product which remains the sole property of the patent holder, and anyone who infringes the patent faces legal consequences.