GMO Foods & You


We Currently Eat Genetically Engineered Food, But Don’t Know It

A genetically engineered food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature, and is experimental. The correct scientific term is “transgenics,” and is also often referred to as (GE) genetically engineered.
Example: Today, as much as 86% of corn in the U.S. is GMO. Genetically Modified corn has been engineered in a laboratory to produce pesticides in its own tissue. GMO Corn is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency as an Insecticide. [EPA Pesticides]
Thanks to Labelgmos.com for this clear pictorial of the impact of GM foods in the world, and the sheer force to stop them by virutally every country EXCEPT the US and Canada. 

Remember – we can each do something small that together makes a BIG difference! So take a moment to make a difference, and feel good about the part you’re playing towards a healthier future!


Thanks to the folks at the Future of Food site, below is a list of some of the many amazing organizations and groups that have popped up in an effort to help protect our food supply. I encourage you to help by contacting each group; sign a petition, contact a congressman, donate to a cause, etc.

The Center for Food Safety
http://www.truefoodnow.org
CFS works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the proliferation of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. CFS engages in legal, scientific and grassroots initiatives to guide national and international policymaking on critical food safety issues.

Non-GMO Project
http://www.nongmoproject.org/
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit collaboration of manufacturers, retailers, processors, distributors, farmers, seed breeders and consumers. Our shared belief is that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified products, and our common mission is to ensure the sustained availability of non-GMO choices.

The Right to Know Campaign
http://labelgmos.org/ 

A campaign to get an initiative on the California 2012 ballot to make GMO labeling mandatory.

Organic Seed Alliance
http://www.seedalliance.org/

Organic Seed Alliance is a nonprofit public charity that supports the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed. They accomplish their goals through collaborative education and research programs with organic farmers and other seed professionals.

EcoFarm
http://eco-farm.org/ 
The Ecological Farming Association nurtures healthy and just farms, food systems, communities and environment by bringing people together for education, alliance building and advocacy. Through educational conferences, training programs, on-farm events and communications initiatives, we pursue a safe and healthful food system that strengthens soils, protects air and water, encourages diverse ecosystems and economies, and honors rural life.

Truth in Labeling Coalition
http://truthinlabelingcoalition.org/
Dr. Chris Wege is the President of theTruth in Labeling Coalition. He received his PhD in World Peace Studies from MERU in the Netherlands in 2002, his MA in the Science of Creative Intelligence from MERU Switzerland in 1977, his BA in psychology with honors from Bowling Green State University [Ohio] in 1974; and was among the early researchers to publish research on the brain chemical Serotonin. As well as being an international green developer/investor, Chris is a crusader for the cause of mandatory labeling of genetically modified substances in our food and is working to pass legislation in 2009 to preserve the integrity of organic agriculture and protect the consumer right to know.

The Organic Center
http://www.organic-center.org/
Organic Center’s Vision: Conversion of agriculture to organic methods, improved health for the earth and its inhabitants, and greater awareness of and demand for organic products.

Rethinking School Lunch
http://www.ecoliteracy.org/programs/rsl.html
This Center for Ecoliteracy program advocates food as the focus for a curriculum that teaches the values, skills, and knowledge to change present practices toward sustainable solutions. It offers a guide to transforming our connection to food and farming, beginning with school lunch.

Say No to GMOs!
http://www.saynotogmos.org/
A site that offers extensive information on the complex and controversial issue of genetic engineering.

Union of Concerned Scientists
http://www.ucsusa.org/
UCS is an independent nonprofit alliance of more than 100,000 concerned citizens and scientists. They aim to augment rigorous scientific analysis with innovative thinking and committed citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world.

Crop Choice
http://www.cropchoice.com/
CropChoice is an alternative news and information source for American farmers and consumers about genetically modified crops, corporate agribusiness concentration, farm and trade policy, sustainable agriculture, wind farming and alternative energy, and rural economic and social issues.

Consumers’ Union
http://www.consumersunion.org/
Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, is an independent, nonprofit testing and information organization serving only consumers.

Greenpeace
http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/
Greenpeace is a non-profit campaign organization that addresses worldwide environmental issues.

PANNA
http://www.panna.org/
PANNA (Pesticide Action Network North America) works to replace pesticide use with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. As one of five PAN Regional Centers worldwide, we link local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens’ action network.

Organic Consumers Association
http://www.organicconsumers.org/
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) The OCA is a grassroots non-profit public interest organization which deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, corporate accountability, and environmental sustainability.

Californians for GE-Free Agriculture
http://www.calgefree.org/
The Californians for GE-Free Agriculture Coalition is unique in that it brings together farmer-based organizations with consumer and environmental groups to halt the introduction of economically and ecologically destructive genetically engineered (GE) crops. Our mission is to stop new GE crop plantings in California.

Genetic Engineering Action Network
http://www.geaction.org/
The Genetic Engineering Action Network (GEAN) is a diverse network of grassroots activists, national and community non-governmental organizations (NGOs), farmer and farm advocacy groups, academics and scientists who have come together to work on the myriad of issues surrounding biotechnology.

University of Northern Iowa Local Food Project
http://www.ceee.uni.edu/Home/Programs/LocalFoods/LocalFoods/NorthernIowaFoodFarmPartnership.aspx
The University of Northern Iowa Local Food Project works to Strengthen the local food economy in Iowa by connecting institutional food buyers with nearby farms and processors. And by attempting to fostering a growing relationship among consumers, grocers, meat lockers, restaurant owners, dining service staff, farmers, local government and economic development officials.

Our Love of Children Foundation
http://iwanthealthyfood.org/ourluv/
As a protector of community life, Our Love of Children Foundation advocates for the present and future well being of children. The organization delivers community based, solution-focused programs on sustainable and healthy living, and encourages all in developing their highest potential for creativity, wisdom, and well-being.

Green.tv
http://www.green.tv/
Green.tv is a broadband TV channel devoted to environmental films. It is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme and is dedicated to educating the public on environmental issues that will shape our world in the coming years.

Handharvested.org
http://www.handharvested.org/
Chicago, IL “Hand Harvested: Our Future in Genetic Engineering” (September 1 – 30). Open to artists in all media relating to subjects such as biotech deception, patenting of life, genetically modified organisms (GMO), fair trade and sustainable organic living. Fee is $15. For more information, call 1-800-252-8221, e-mail info@handharvest.org or visit the website!

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