Genetically Modified Foods or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO Foods) are laboratory creations of agricultural biotechnology engineered by inserting DNA from a foreign species into plants or animals.
Genetically modifying food sources can make them bigger, stronger and more nutritious. Changing genes in plants can protect them against disease. It can also help them survive when exposed to herbicides and insects. However, the foreign DNA may be from a virus, bacteria such as E. coli, insects, animals or humans, resulting in traits that would not occur naturally. About 70% of all processed foods on supermarket shelves contain at least one genetically engineered ingredient. Studies have shown GMOs cause infertility, birth defects, accelerated aging, dysfunctional insulin regulation, changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system, cancer, and immune problems such as asthma, allergies, and inflammation. As a result, some agencies have called for a moratorium on GMOs. The 4 most genetically modified organisms in the U.S. are soy, canola, cotton and corn, with soy, cotton and canola at a rate of 93% production in the U.S.
How can you avoid Genetically Modified Foods?
Choosing 100% organic foods is the best option when shopping at your local grocery store. There are no laws forcing companies to label their food as being genetically modified
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