What are GMOs? GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights. Are GMOs safe? Are GMOs labeled? Where does the Non-GMO Project come in? Do Americans want non-GMO foods and supplements? How common are GMOs? What are the impacts of GMOs on the environment?
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Inside the food industry: the surprising truth about what you eatOn a bright, cold day in late November 2013, I found myself in the dark, eerie, indoor expanses of Frankfurt’s Blade Runner-like Festhalle Messe. I was there undercover, to attend an annual trade show called Food Ingredients. This three-day exhibition hosts the world’s most important gathering of ingredients suppliers, distributors and buyers. In 2011, when it was held in Paris, more than 23,000 visitors attended from 154 countries, collectively representing a buying power of €4bn (£2.97bn). Think of it as the food manufacturers’ equivalent of an arms fair. It is not open to the public. While exhibitors at most food exhibitions are often keen for you to taste their products, few standholders here had anything instantly edible to offer. A pastry chef in gleaming whites rounded off his live demonstration by offering sample petits fours to the buyers who had gathered. This is the goal of the wares on show, something the marketing messages make clear. Not sure what to have for dinner?
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) | Learn Science at ScitableBarta, A., et al. The expression of a nopaline synthase-human growth hormone chimaeric gene in transformed tobacco and sunflower callus tissue. Plant Molecular Biology 6, 347–357 (1986) Beyer, P., et al. Golden rice: Introducing the β-carotene biosynthesis pathway into rice endosperm by genetic engineering to defeat vitamin A deficiency. Demont, M., et al. Devlin, R., et al. Devos, Y., et al. Guerrero-Andrade, O., et al. Hiatt, A., et al. Hoban, T. Jesse, H., & Obrycki, J. Losey, J., et al. Ma, J., et al. Muir, W., & Howard, R. Sears, M., et al. Spurgeon, D. Takeda, S., & Matsuoka, M. United States Department of Energy, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Human Genome Program.GMO's IN TNE NEWSThe Cornucopia Institute March 30th, 2011 Lawsuit Filed To Protect Themselves from Unfair Patent Enforcement on Genetically Modified Seed Action Would Prohibit Biotechnology Giant from Suing Organic Farmers and Seed Growers If Innocently Contaminated by Roundup Ready Genes NEW York: On behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed suit today against Monsanto Company challenging the chemical giant’s patents on genetically modified seed. Monsanto has sued farmers in the United States and Canada, in the past, when there are patented genetic material has inadvertently contaminated their crops. A copy of the lawsuit can be found at: ( The case, Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association, et al. v. Once released into the environment, genetically modified seed can contaminate and destroy organic seed for the same crop. Dr. David L.
Food labels may get more complicatedVoters in two states will decide if people will get to learn what is deep inside their food. On Nov. 4, citizens in Oregon and Colorado will vote on whether companies must tell buyers, on the package, when food has been genetically changed in any way. The proposed laws call for labeling those foods. GMO stands for genetically modified organism. Companies genetically modify crops or food livestock with genes from other species to give them certain qualities. People who oppose GMOs say they are not safe. Lots Of Worry Over GMOs Oregon and Colorado could become the first to pass a referendum calling for GMO labeling. So far, food companies in favor of GMOs have been successful in fighting label laws. Supporters of GMO food labels argue that people have a right to know what's in their food. Scientists largely say the fear that GMOs are dangerous is not true. No Nutrition Information? Most processed foods in the United States, like canned soup, soda and frozen meals, contain some GMOs.
Food maker sued by Florida mom over Goldfish "natural" labelFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — If you have bought Cheddar Goldfish snacks in the past four years, one fed-up Florida mom wants to help you get your money back. And she has put South Florida at the center of a national debate over genetically modified foods. Those are foods that have been changed in a lab. Palm Beach County schoolteacher Lisa Leo has taken Pepperidge Farm to court for false advertising. Her lawsuit was filed June 11 in federal court. A Consumer's Right To Know Shoppers "have a right to know what they’re putting in their bodies,” said Joshua Eggnatz. Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are plant or animal products. About 90 percent of the corn, cotton, soybeans and sugar beets grown in the United States are genetically altered. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not defined what “natural” means on food labels. According to the lawsuit, Leo purchased the snacks monthly from three stores. GMO Foods Under Fire Pepperidge Farm officials did not return calls for a comment.
The Truth about GMOs: They Are All Different. It Is a Myth They Are All SimilarGenetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been the subject of too many political and policy debates in recent years. There have been initiatives to label food containing genetically modified crops, prevent farming of genetically engineered crops, change regulatory policies for GMO approval, and shut down field test sites growing genetically altered plants. Yet, despite all this dialog, much of the debate continues to revolve around inaccurate basic assertions about the technology. So many easily falsifiable claims form the basis of most discussions about GMOs that it is impossible to moderate a reasonable position. This first article addresses one of the more important myths about GMOs—that they are all somehow the same type of "thing." What's In a Name? Obviously, a GMO is a genetically modified organism. Describing something as a GMO doesn't really provide much information about it at all. The same is true of GMO. What Is a GMO? If It's Not a GMO, What Is It?
GMO and Your HealthWhy should you care about GMOs? Do you eat food? Then you definitely have to watch this video! Jeffrey Smith lays it all out on what doctors, veterinarians, and farmers have discovered about what may be the single greatest health risk for all living beings to all future generations. Independent, scientific evidence that contradicts what Monsanto and the FDA are saying: 40% increase of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) since the introduction of GMOs in our foodGenetic modification causes massive collateral damage to plant cellsGlyphosate (Round UP weedkiller) increases disease susceptibility in plantsGlyphosate causes nutrient deficiency in soil, plants, and therefore our foodBt toxin from GM crops found in human tissue and may cause gene transferUp to 90 percent of several U.S.grown crops are grown with genetically engineered seed. As of 2009, the overall RoundUP brand line of products including the GM seeds represented about 50% of Monsanto’s business. We have the Right To Know.
Meet Rachel Parent — the teen fighting for GMO labelling in CanadaWatch: Rachel Parent is a 15-year-old activist. Her goal: mandatory labelling in Canada of all genetically modified organisms, or GMOs that are found as ingredients in food. Allison Vuchnich has part one of a four-part series on GMOs and labelling. UPDATE: Rachel Parent has met with Health Minister Rona Ambrose. Standing in the grocery store aisle surrounded by processed and packaged food, examining ingredients and scanning labels: this is shopping with Rachel Parent, and it is a thorough process. “About 70 per cent of the (processed) food on all our grocery store shelves is genetically modified or has GMO ingredients in it,” Parent told Global News as she reached for a container of relish and examined its ingredient list. So for instance, glucose fructose is a derivative from corn and it’s high-fructose corn syrup basically, so there really is a 90 per cent chance that it is GMO,” she said. “Of course, I would never know unless it was labelled.” Parent is a 15-year-old activist.
Tell Congress: Label GMOs!When companies genetically modify our food, we Americans need to know about it. The Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act would deny Americans the right to know which foods are genetically modified. That’s why the companies that use GMOs are pushing so hard for this bill. Congress could move any day to pass or defeat the DARK Act. Add your name to speak out before it’s too late and urge Congress to support mandatory labeling of GMOs. We need your voice with us to protect all our families. Sen. Note: This petition is sponsored by U.S.