The controversy regarding genetic engineering, whether in crops, vegetables, fruits and animals, remains to be a very controversial and noisy one. The sad thing is that most of the foods we eat today contain certain ingredients which were genetically modified.
If you live in Europe or Japan, avoiding GE vegetables, fruits and animal by-products can be an easy thing, because the governments in those areas require strict labeling of GE food. In the United States and Canada though, food manufacturers are still not required to label their food if it is GMO or not. As a result, consumers in these areas will not know if the food they eat contains GE ingredients or not.
Why It’s For Your Own Safety To Know What Vegetables Are GMO
If you're headed to the neighborhood grocery or supermarket, how will you know if the food you buy is genetically modified or not? According to GMO critics, a number of crops, vegetables and fruits are more likely to be genetically modified than others. The most common examples of genetically modified vegetables include corn, rice, soybean, rapeseed, sugar beets, barley, alfalfa, tomato and canola. Let's take a look at soybeans for instance.
A gene taken from the bacteria Agrobacterium sp for example, is inserted into soybeans. This gene makes the soybean more resistant to herbicides. There are also two variants of genetically modified corn. One corn variety has a gene taken from a lepidoptera pathogen microorganism, which produces Bt corn. GMO corn is pest-resistant, and the most common by-products of Bt corn are high fructose corn syrup and glucose/fructose, which are mixed into sodas, soft drinks, coffee and energy drinks.
Genetically modified rice is also designed to resist herbicides, and some variants are even added with beta carotene, to make them healthier for human consumption. GE vegetables like rapeseed and canola have a gene that's added or transferred to make the crops extra-resistant to Roundup herbicide. GE sugar beets on the other hand, are designed to have longer shelf lives, as well as to make them more resistant to herbicides and pesticides. To find out what vegetables are GMO, ask your local consumer welfare group, or consult with the FDA and other government regulatory agency that supervises food production and distribution.
What Are GMO Foods Secretly Doing To Your Child’s Health?
If GMO foods are already inside our grocery shelves, how beneficial, or how threatening are these items to our health? What are GMO foods doingyou’re your health and your loved ones? According to GMO critics, the bio-tech industry is currently running after two major crops, corn and soybean, since there’s a high demand for these items. For now, the FDA is not requiring food manufacturers to label genetically modified crops in the US and Canada. This makes it hard for consumers to find out which ones are safe, and which ones are genetically cloned. According to GMO critics, many of the popular processed food items today are likely to have genetically modified ingredients. These include canola and cotton seed oil, frozen pizza, canned soups, soy sauce, pop corn, baby formulas, dry cereals, cookies, frozen dinners and Aspartame sweeteners.
As the list of GE food products continues to grow each day, it would be best if consumers first to do their research, so that they can ensure that they're not buying GMO foods. As the FDA does not currently require food labeling, unless the product presents a clear threat to causing allergic reactions in humans, consumers and their families need to be more vigilant with what they serve on their dinner tables.