Right now in Springfield, SB 1666, a bill to label genetically engineered foods, has been introduced in the Illinois legislature and thousands of mothers, farmers and activists across the state are joining together to show their support! Citizens in 62 other countries including Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand and Russia enjoy the basic right of knowing if their food has been genetically engineered, but for the past 20 years Americans have been denied this basic democratic right.
What are GMOs?
A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait or characteristic, hence they are also known as transgenic organisms. This process may be called either Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM); they are one and the same.
What foods are GMO?
Food is no longer pure, as it was as little as 100 years ago. Currently commercialized GM crops in the U.S. include soy (94%), cotton (90%), canola (90%), sugar beets (95%), corn (88%), Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%), zucchini and yellow squash (over 24,000 acres). The seeds of these products are now be genetically modified, as companies see fit, to increase their yield and profit. The problem there is not enough long-term scientific research to prove they are safe for consumption. The only feeding study done with humans showed that GMOs survived inside the stomach of the people eating GMO food. No follow-up studies were done.
What can I do to support GMO Labeling?
- Download the Non-GMO Shopping Guide onto your phone.
- Follow the Dirty Dozen Produce to purchase organic produce
- Avoid produce that begins with the number “8″ on the stickers. as it means it is a GMO product
- Buy organic and local as much as possible
- Look for the NON-GMO Verified Project Label on your packaged foods
- Avoid cooking oils such as canola, soybean, vegetable and corn, use olive and coconut oils instead.
- Avoid purchasing dairy products from cows treated with genetically modified rbGH
- Avoid buying processed foods with the oils mentioned above, or with soy and corn derivatives, including: soy flour, soy protein, soy lecithin, textured vegetable protein, corn meal, corn syrup, dextrose, maltodextrin, fructose, citric acid, and lactic acid.
- Buying products that are enrolled and verified in the Project is a great way to support the sustained availability of non-GMO choices in North America.
- Sign the petition to support Illinois in being the first state to Label GMO’s
This bill is really important to our health and for setting precedent in other states. If passed, Illinois would become the first state in the U.S. to require mandatory labeling of GMOs in our food.
At the moment, 13 new GMO crops are awaiting approval at the USDA, including Dow Chemical’s 2,4-D Agent Orange corn and the “botox” GMO apple. At the same time, the FDA is getting ready to approve genetically engineered salmon. If approved, Aquabounty’s GMO salmon would be the first genetically engineered animal allowed on the market and it would appear on our plates unlabeled.
In fact, France published a decree to prevent the planting of genetically modified maize as a stop-gap measure, while the government works on changes to domestic and European laws to ensure a longer-term ban.
New evidence is showing that Roundup Weedkiller Linked To Global Epidemic of Fatal Kidney Disease while other is showing that GE foods is triggering Gluten Sensitivity .
While major food companies such as Kraft, General Mills, Nestle, PepsiCo to name spent millions of dollars to go against the passing of the Prop 37 Bill in California, consumers are beginning to question the scientific engineering of our food supply.
Begin to question where you food comes from and how it is made and farmed. We as consumers have a right to know if it is GMO! Sign the petition here to pass GMO labeling in Illinois