To show you how important GMO is to the industrial food complex (IFC) you only need to look at California’s Proposition 37. It is a bill that would require food manufacturers to label foods made with GMO tainted products. Why is this important to you? Because as California goes so goes the Country. California represents about 12% of the total food consumed in the United States.
The IFC has poured in over 25 million dollars to defeat the referendum. Monsanto alone has contributed 4 million to defeat the measure. Coke, Pepsi and others have contributed as well. People are suggesting boycotting these companies. I suggest eating healthy. Eat whole foods that you know do not contain GMO's. GMO’s have been getting bad press about the ill it is causing in the human being, the environment and the flora and fauna.
More of us want food that does not have GMO added. The EU and other countries do not allow GMO in there food supply and there are reasons for that. To me the bottom line with GMO is that an anti-biotic needs to be spliced into the DNA helix in order for the DNA to accept the modified trait being introduced. Then there is the actual substance that is being placed in the DNA. Let me explain, the anti-biotic helps the DNA accept the modification into its makeup say the round-up gene. Round-up ready corn has the round-up gene spliced into its DNA with the help of the anti-biotic. Then if we eat tacos, corn chips or whatever is made with the substance that genetic modification is consumed along with the anti-biotic strain.
That is my elementary understanding, I am not a scientist, and I have no empirical facts other then observations. Those observations are the following: more viruses are becoming anti-biotic resistant, more food borne allergies are being reported, scientist report environmental impacts like feminization and castration of predictor species and flora is starting to become round up resistant. In essence making a super-weed that is impervious to weed killers and strain of viruses that are anti-biotic resistant. Which in turn leads to the need for even more nefarious chemicals to control the weeds. 2.4-D for instance would be used. 2,4-D was the checmical in agent orange.
We are certified organic and GMO drift is one of those things that must be monitored and stopped if possible. I can tell you it is not possible unless you have a very isolated well-protected field you are susceptible to GMO propagation of your plants. We take great pains to find out what is being planted around us and when the germination is going to start to take place. We then plant around that window of propagation. It is the only way I know how to safely grow food. Sometimes we will not plant corn a second time due to drift potential.
The same people that developed GMO technology are the ones that recommended the use in the US food supply. That fact alone answers the question of is it bad for you. If it was healthy wouldn't they open it up to transparency just to prove it is not harming the environment or us?
Buy Local: They do not use GMO.