Have you ever wondered why America is one of the only industrialized countries with no GMO labeling?

Do you care to know what’s in your food?

Or… how it’s affecting your health?

According to Sustainable Table, about 200 million acres of farmland worldwide are now used to grow genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The most common GMO crops are soybeans, which represent 63 percent of all GMO crops, followed by corn at 19 percent, cotton at 13 percent, and canola at 5 percent.

The list of seeds, and, later, foods that have already been modified also includes alfalfa, tomatoes, chicory, flax, papaya, potato, rice, sugar beets, and squash. The future of our global food supply is laden with seeds and – most recently – animals, modified for human consumption. You may be surprised to see what’s on the horizon.

So, what is GMO? Plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs.  –From the glossary on the Monsanto website.

“This relatively new science allows DNA (genetic material) from one species to be transferred into another species, creating transgenic organisms with combinations of genes from plants, animals, bacteria, and even viral gene pools. The mixing of genes from different species that have never shared genes in the past is what makes GMOs and GE crops so unique. It is impossible to create such transgenic organisms through traditional crossbreeding methods.” (Click this link for more.)

Why is it such a big deal?  And who is opposing our right to choose of what we want to put into our bodies? This Forbes article may shed some light…

Now, interestingly enough, “opposition to GMO foods is so strong in the EU and Japan that most consumers there are not ready to buy GM-labeled food. This means the producers  have to decide whether to keep the same formulation and label their final products, or switch ingredients to avoid labeling altogether. It turns out that most food processors selling into the EU and Japan have shifted ingredients away from GM due to perceived pressure from consumers and retailers. Shifting away from GM ingredients has not resulted in a significant cost increase for most processed food products.” (More here.)

Have you ever wondered, how the genetically modified or engineered food is affecting your health?

What are the consequences for the generations to come?

To answer all of these questions and many more, please click on the link and watch this movie called “Genetic Roulette, The Gamble of Our Lives.”

There was a time, when I was so fascinated by the science of genetics – a while back – when I studied biology as an undergraduate.  I ended up choosing a different specialty: microbiology. Eventually, I decided that performing tedious experiments in a lab, just wasn’t fulfilling enough… so I followed my dream to make a difference in the lives of others by engaging more with my patients in person in the medical field. Needless to say, studying genetics has expanded my knowledge greatly.  At that time, genetic discoveries were celebrated, which made sense, and I’m all for progress and invention, but back then no one could predict the future – the consequences of experiments over the years to come.  Here we are now, and the evidence is clear.  Now, it’s about the knowledge, about being aware of what reality really is, and… choices.

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