4.04.2016

Are you planting NON-GMO HEIRLOOM SEEDS IN YOUR GARDEN THIS YEAR? What are GMO's? Genetically Modified Organisms. And yes, you are eating foods that have been genetically modified in laboratories.


“We would have no hunger in the world if the seed was in the hands of the farmers and gardeners and the land was in the hands of the farmers”

-Vandana Shiva


I just spent the afternoon planting tomatoes and peppers and was going to do a post for this summer's garden plan, but my brain is on genetically modified foods right now.  Mainly... just label the darn things! Let us make the decision to purchase or not based on knowledge.  

And in regards to planting a garden:  Did you know the seeds you buy at the store, unless marked specifically to be non-GMO and heirloom, are not going to reproducers?  You cannot save the seeds and grow new fruits and vegetables from them.  They've been genetically modified to only product this one crop.  You have to look for specially marked seeds if you plan to keep corn or peas from this year to use next year.  

I was going to do a post on it... but to be honest I'm just too darn tired and I have much left to accomplish today.  And this topic grows as you start to read, talk or think about it!  So instead, here is some reading for you if you are interested;

http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education/
http://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/genetically-modified-organisms-gmos-transgenic-crops-and-732
http://www.livescience.com/40895-gmo-facts.html
http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/

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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.

Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.



How common are GMOs?
In the U.S., GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food.

In November 2015, the FDA issued a ruling that only requires additional labeling of foods derived from genetically engineered sources if there is a material difference — such as a different nutritional profile — between the GMO product and its non-GMO equivalent. The agency also approved AquaAdvantage Salmon, a salmon designed to grow faster than non-GMO salmon.  

Currently commercialized GM crops in the U.S. include soy (94%), cotton (90%), canola (90%), sugar beets (95%), corn (88%), Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%), zucchini and yellow squash (over 24,000 acres).

Are GMOs labeled?
Unfortunately, even though polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs, the powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from the public.

In 2012, voters in California were asked if food made from GMOs should be labeled as such. The initiative was defeated — but only after GMO proponents like Monsanto, General Mills, Pepsico, DuPont, Hershey, Cargill, Kellogg, Hormel, Kraft, Mars, Goya, Ocean Spray, Nestle and other industrial food marketers spent millions on advertising to convince voters to vote against the measure.




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