Something’s Wrong Here!

“Genetically Modified” / “Genetically Engineered” foods are controversial and their safety is highly questionable, yet we are bombarded with them here in the U.S. Check genetically modified corn crops…concerning info!

  • 22 countries in Europe are saying “NO” to genetically modified (GMO) foods. And because of consumer fears, major U.S. companies are not using GMO foods in Europe. GMO foods that do enter some European countries must be labeled as such.
  • However, in the U.S., most major companies are still continuing to use GMO/GE foods for our consumption, and no labeling is required. Why are standards different in the U.S. than they are in Europe? Do the major companies just figure they can get by with it over here?
  • According to True Food Network, thousands of products on our U.S. supermarket shelves are made with ingredients from genetically engineered (GE) crops.
  • Corn, soy, canola and cotton products account for nearly 99% of the GE crop acreage in North America.

Check the ingredients list of the products you buy. Some ingredients will say “modified,” however most products with modified ingredients will not be labeled. Keep a lookout for these:

  • Corn: corn, corn oil, any type corn syrup, corn starch, corn meal
  • Soy: soybeans, soy protein, soy lecithin, soy oil, soy sauce, soy isolates
  • Canola: canola oil
  • Cotton: cottonseed oil

TIP TO REMEMBER: Organic Foods never use genetically modified foods.

Organic Info

Our daughter and s-i-l gave me a great book for part of my Mother’s Day gift. It’s called The Organic Food Shopper’s Guide by Jeff Cox, published this year. Talk about an eye opener, I’ve read a little about genetically modified food crops (GMO), but this book goes into detail. Now, I’m really concerned about what kind of weird foods we might be eating. It’s very concerning to think that we might be eating foods that could be damaging to our health.

  • In 2001, a genetically modified corn crop contained a gene which produced “aprotinin” which is a “trypsin inhibitor,” known to cause pancreatic disease in animals. (Pollen can spread and turn non-GMO plants offspring into GMO plants.)
  • Another genetically altered corn crop produced a glycoprotein found on the surface of two strains of HIV and “simian immunodeficiency virus.” When this gets into the human blood stream, it kills white blood cells. The U.S. ordered this crop destroyed, but it had contaminated another 155 acres of corn which also had to be destroyed. (My question is how many other crops were contaminated?)
  • In the U.S., genetically modified foods are not allowed to be labeled!

I’ve just started reading this book, so I will probably be sharing more info later.