2011-10-14

The Genetically Modified Food You Eat Every Day

GMO crops have infiltrated 80% of all the packaged food in the United States, and no one has told you. Here’s why.

Genetically modified food is in a store near you today. In fact, it’s been there for years. You may not know it, but in all the fracas over genetically modified food, one point is often left out: You’ve been eating it for a long time and no one has told you. This infographic from Nature’s Path--which makes organic cereals, bars, and waffles that contain no GMO ingredients, they’d like you to know--shows where you’re getting your genetically modified treats, and why no one has told you:

Many crops are genetically modified so frequently, it’s nearly impossible to find non-GMO versions. These modifications usually involve either a seed manufacturer making their seeds genetically resistant to a certain type of weed-killer (that the seed company also conveniently sells--synergy!) or to make plants resistant to certain pests naturally.

You may not know that you’re eating these crops--despite the fact that they appear in 80% of all packaged food sold in the country--because the U.S. is one of the few places in the developed world that doesn’t require food producers to disclose whether or not their ingredients have any modifications.

If something is labeled "organic" by the USDA, that means it has no GMO crops. The Non-GMO Project is also working on a system for labeling products that aren’t genetically enhanced. To be fair, there isn’t any science that proves that GMO crops are at all bad for consumption; there also aren’t any that confirm that they’re safe. For now, we’re in the dark. And more and more GMO products--like Monsanto’s sneaky, unlabeled sweet corn, the first direct-to-consumer GMO food--are coming to market every day. The full infographic is here:

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14 Comments

  • Matt Alford

    Call them mgmos. Do you like bananas? You would never eat a wild one only the clones in the stores. Every plant we eat today has been changed by man. Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kalarabi all come from the same plant they were geneticly modified to fit our taste and needs

  • Danny Bowen

    There are zero peer reviewed studies that comply with these findings.. but then again, this society doesn't care about peer review.. they care about "drama".

  • Cliff Zervos

    I avoid profanity when discussing things, either verbally or in writing. My expressions are limited to words like lunatic, stupidity, arrogance, idiocy, mental derangement, intellectual midgets, brain dead psychotics, screwballs, blind guides, etc., etc..

    The Grand Creator provided mankind with a wonderful variety of things for food. Even adversarial evolutionists agree that messing around with the natural course of our vast sources of food is dangerous, madness. Unfortunately, mankind's original, unadulterated food supplies are being supplanted with GMO material behind our backs. The most enraging part of all of this is the fact that these shriveled up excuses for responsible human beings have been doing this for years, secretly, and with outrageously blatant approval of those in key positions of authority.

    What is most galling is the further insult that these maniacs make very sure that they have their own, unadulterated food sources, for themselves and their families; some of them even owning private farms for that purpose.

    The very idea being presented in the above article that there is no evidence or studies that document the serious dangers of GMO foods is ludicrous to say the least. There are numerous studies! Even aside from the studies, one commenter stated that common sense would be adequate in determining that GMO foods run synonymous with POISON! Of course, who ever said that these nitwits had any common sense when deciding to foist franken-crops on the rest of humankind for the sake of the almighty dollar as well as to thin out the population?

    Excuse me while I go and scrape off some of my rotting skin, which is, sadly, due to ingesting what used to be called, by normal humans, FOOD!!!

  • jasonmchicago

    We do NOT need a study to tell us a pathogenic-pesticide-producing-plant is a healthy.  Common sense and the ability to judge and reason tell us it is poison. 

  • G.B.

    I don't need any studies. I live in Paris, France, and am shocked at how many American tourists who come over here have food allergies. I've yet to meet anyone here who has one. And even their babies have allergies (hello SIMILAC baby formula - didn't you contribute big bucks to defeat Proposition 37??). Where does the U.S. Minister of Health stand on this issue? Why the silence?

  • Sigmacats

    You need to change your sentence that says there are no studies that prove GM foods are not safe for consumption!

    See here:  http://articles.mercola.com/si...

    New French study showing huge, rampant tumor growth in GM-fed rats, as well as other organ and genital damage.

  • Jose

     New studies now show gigantic tumors in rats fed GM corn.  Could this be why the rise in breast cancer?
    You attitude is a "stick your head in the sand" one.  A responsible one would be to be concerned about food safety, read and inform yourself, be wary of things like this for you and your family, but don't stress out about it.
    An easy fix is to just eat HEALTHY (read:  organic foods as much as possible, no packaged goods -- there is nothing in a package in my pantry or refrigerator.  It's not as hard as you think to eat this way.)
    Better safe than sorry.
    But it's your life.

    How do you know what your eating is fully organic? Did you grow it yourself? Or, did you just go to a super market and purchase anything with organic on it?

  • John Pinion

    Many studies show that direct consumption of GMO crops is toxic to animals also (in addition to insects). The possibility also exists that natural transference of the foreign genes or other intensification factors could produce downright deadly results.  Clearly this is a science experiment being performed on a world-wide scale.  Let's hope it works out.

  • FFS

    GMO's have not been proven safe,  Doesn't that also mean they haven't been proven unsafe? What really annoys me these days is how everyone is an expert and telling you what isn't good for you. So how about we all just stop whining and enjoy the 80 years or so we are now able to live on this planet for. Fro god's sake people!

  • Sigmacats

    New studies now show gigantic tumors in rats fed GM corn.  Could this be why the rise in breast cancer?

    You attitude is a "stick your head in the sand" one.  A responsible one would be to be concerned about food safety, read and inform yourself, be wary of things like this for you and your family, but don't stress out about it.

    An easy fix is to just eat HEALTHY (read:  organic foods as much as possible, no packaged goods -- there is nothing in a package in my pantry or refrigerator.  It's not as hard as you think to eat this way.)

    Better safe than sorry.

    But it's your life.

  • mc

    Right those last 20-30 years with all the medical conditions with cabinet full of pills.
    Quality of life......

  • Blizgar

    Try look up Morgelleon from CDC. and tell me GMO food is not bad...There has been many proven test that GMO is bad for your health. but yes longterm benefits are still unknown. 

  • Belindabaer

    Yes, FFS, we are now living 80+ years with diseases like diabetes, IBS and heart disease for which we need to take medications. Perhaps if we ate food that came directly from nature that was not modified, then we wouldn't need to be taking all of these medications to stay alive. Our bodies already have massive amounts of toxins from our environment that we need to fend off. It is important to me that I know what has been added to or modified about the food I'm eating. I don't think that's whining.