Today, 45% of U.S. corn and 85% of U.S. soybeans are genetically engineered, and it’s estimated that 70 to 75% of processed foods on grocery store shelves contain genetically engineered ingredients."A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes. Transgenic organisms, a subset of GMOs, are organisms which have inserted DNA that originated in a different species."
Did You Know? When animals are presented with two piles of food, one GMO pile and the other non-GMO, they will not touch the GMO food and only eat the non-GMO. That is their instincts at work, where are ours?
GMO's are NOT the result of cross-breeding. Scientists take a gene from a completely different species and insert it into a new one. An example of this is extracting a gene from a Arctic Char fish that is resistant to freezing and inserting into a vegetable so it can withstand cold temperatures. The end result is a tomato with fish DNA. Yummy! Other examples are:
- Glow in the dark cats (cross bred with glow in the dark fish genes)
- Cabbage that produces scorpion poison to kill pests
- BT toxin inserted into yellow squash to kills insects.
Despite biotech industry promises, very few if any of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Furthermore, one of the other major problems with GMO's is that we do not know the long term effect they have on our health. Here is a great info-graphic with more:
GMOs: The Walking Dead of the Food Industry