5 Things You Need To Know About Genetically Modified Foods Or You’ll Die Twice

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  What are GMOs? 
GMO stands for genetically modified organism. It is any organism that has been altered genetically, usually through the transfer of DNA from another organism. It may also be called a GEO, genetically engineered organism or just GM for genetically modified.

Are GMOs bad for you?

There are several reasons GMOs are bad for you. One is they have not been proven safe to consume. Another is that they require lots of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. These chemicals then end up in human body and create all sorts of health problems.

How can I identify a GMO?

If you live in the United States you can’t. GMO labeling is not mandatory in the US, under the law, but foods that contain corn, cottonseed, soybeans and canola in their ingredients are generally genetically modified.

Where can I buy non-GMO products?

Non-GMO or organic foods can be purchased from local farmers markets and co-ops. You can also grow your own food or check for labels when shopping that say USDA certified organic. If it doesn’t say it’s organic or certified organic it’s most likely NOT organic. You can also use this guide and other similar guides to find Non-GMO project retailers.

What can I do to support the Non-GMO project?

Become educated about GMOs and buy organic foods. The Institute for Responsible Technology says that when as little as 5 percent of the population are vigilant about avoiding GMOs it can create a tipping point, as was the case in the UK. There is the strength in numbers. The more people who speak up about GMOs, the better.

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