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AS GM FOOD APPROACHES 75% OF ALL FOOD CONSUMED, IS THERE A CAUSE FOR CONCERN?

AN OVERVIEW OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED VS. NON-GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD INGREDIENTS

tomatoes.jpg The sides are drawn in the battle for your food dollar, with foods containing genetically modified ingredients on one side and foods free from genome manipulation on the other.

For those unsure of the difference, Genetically Modified foods are foodstuffs that have been produced from organisms, which have had their genome, or hereditary information, altered through a process known as genetic engineering.

Currently, the most common genetically modified foods are those derived from plants, with soybeans, corn, canola, cottonseed oil and wheat topping the list. According to Wikipedia, the source of most of the date in this posting, fully 89% of the planted area of soybeans, 83 percent of cotton, and 61 percent of maize are producing plants, which have been genetically modified.

Future plans call for the creation of bananas genetically modified to protect consumers against disease, fish metabolically engineered to mature more quickly, and plants which have had their makeup tweaked to produce new plastics with unique properties.

While all of this sounds very encouraging, there is something about consuming food, which man has messed with that just does not sit that well with me. Maybe I’m just old fashion on this point. But then, I also take issue with poultry that greedy factory farmers have injected with growth hormones to fatten up in the hope of increasing their return on investment.

While I’m pretty certain that I am not alone in wanting my food to be as pure as possible, and not the end result of millions of dollars worth of genetic experimentation, we are definitely in the minority. Currently better than 75% of all foods sold here in the United States contains ingredient that have been genetically modified.

So, as a haven for like minds, I have included a link to what I believe to be the most comprehensive list of what products are and what are not genetically modified. Consider printing this list and taking it with you the next time you go to the market.

Maybe, by combined action, we can forestall the day when all food is the product of genetic manipulation.

-LIB

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