Two recent studies show most Americans are still confused about GMOs!
Two new studies have found that most of the American public is clueless when it comes to foods that are genetically modified organisms and foods labeled as Non GMO. 46 percent of the respondents to one of the studies either don't know whether they consume GMOs or believe that they rarely or never do. There also seems to be a confusion between foods labeled Organic and Non-Genetically Modified. The findings reveal that the public lags behind current scientific understanding when it comes to our food!
The bottom line here is we have to educate ourselves so that we can make the best decisions for our families. This means having a clear understanding of the labels and all the market terms. Do not be fooled by terms and words such as "All Natural" or "Straight From The Farm". Many of these are deceitful and will contain Genetically modified organisms.
And, why you should care....
You should care because very little unbiased, independent scientific research has been done into the health and environmental implication of GMOs. The industry works hard to keep it that way through influencing our academic institutions and bullying scientist who don't comply.
What foods are GMO's?
Most processed foods contain genetically modified organisms (GMO's) such as corn oil, corn syrup, soy and beet sugar. Although most supermarket produce is non-GMO the USDA reports that a small percentage of sweet corn, zucchini and yellow squash are GMO as is most Hawaiian pineapples! Because federal law doesn’t require labeling of GMO produce, the EWG advises consumers to purchase organically grown varieties of these foods. To avoid GMO ingredients in processed food, look for products with a Non-GMO Project Verified or Certified Organic labels.
And remember, "non GMO" does not mean organic. "Organic" does mean non GMO.
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