Not long ago, someone commented on the SallyHomemaker.com Facebook page in response to a question I had reposted from Dr. Mercola:
A majority of Americans say they want labels on foods so they can tell which products are genetically modified (GM), thus helping them to decide whether they want to buy these foods. The idea seems reasonable—why shouldn’t we be allowed to know where our foods come from and how they’re grown?
I wanted to know what SallyHomemaker.com friends thought about that, so I asked.
The response from one commenter suggested that because hybridized vegetables have been around for so long, and they are genetically modified, or different, from their parent plants, that it’d be nearly impossible to label everything.
As recently as a couple of years ago, I didn’t see what the big deal was with GMOs. Sadly, most people today don’t really understand what GMOs are. It’s a common misconception about ‘hybrid’ fruits and veggies being the same as ‘genetically modified’ produce. Hybridization can happen without man ever entering into the picture by simply pollen being transferred from one species of plant to another (for instance by bees or even wind), or it can be done intentionally to produce a crop with features of two different plants.
Genetic modification, however, means taking bits of DNA from one species and inserting it into a completely different species for some desired effect. Two of the key reasons companies like Monsanto do this is to create corn, soybeans and other crops that either have internal pesticide factories within the plants (which means we’re also consuming those pesticides), or to have plants that are herbicide tolerant (that means you can spray them with Round-up and they won’t die, but again, we’re also consuming the Round-up when we consume those crops.)
Here are a couple of links you might be interested in checking out:
GMO-101 – What exactly are GMOs? (brief video)
What’s the deal with GMOs?
You might also enjoy the documentary, The Future of Food, which explains what is happening with our food supply.
All of this doesn’t even begin to touch on problem of modified dairy that comes from cows treated with bovine growth hormones. Unless the dairy products you purchase specifically say “RBST-free” or “No Growth Hormones”, you can be sure that the cows were given those hormones to produce more milk. Regarding GMOs, so much to learn, and thankfully there are an abundance of resources available to find the answers.