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GMOs: Raising awareness

Cat Ardes
Staff Writer

On the shelves of every supermarket we see a variety of food in packaging that convinces us how “natural”, “fresh”, or “great tasting” it is. Along with the packaging, they display a picture of perfectly displayed food along with all of the wonderful and natural labeling they claim. As I’m surrounded by all of this food in bags or cardboard boxes, I find myself wondering where it all came from and what exactly is in it besides what they agreed to label in the ingredients section or in small lettering somewhere on the back of the packaging. The food we eat every day contains a lot more than we think and corporations find a way not to disclose ingredients for money’s sake.
GMOs, genetically modified organisms, are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other plants and animals. Obviously these combinations of genes do not occur in nature and they are not something we should be eating. They can be found in as much as 80 percent of processed food, and evidence has continually connected GMOs with health problems and environmental damage.
In fact, the U.S. is one of the only countries and governments that have approved GMOs based on studies, but the studies are from the same corporations that have created them and continue to profit from their sales. Most countries do not consider GMOs safe. In over 60 countries across the world, there are particular restrictions and bans on the production and sales of GMO products.
More and more citizens are beginning to learn exactly what is in the food they are buying. Not just for themselves but for their families. The “Non-GMO project” is a non- profit organization trying to inform consumers about the choices they make in the market and to protect the non-GMO food supply. Their ultimate goal is to inform consumers so they inevitably stop buying GMO processed food in the hope that corporations will stop the use of GMOs and farmers will also stop growing them. Along with stopping the production of GMOs, farmers will be able to do their job without taking risks.
When people are not informed, they can’t possibly do anything about the problem. Instead of corporate big shots being money hungry and selfish, they should take a minute to think about how their decisions are making an impact. If more consumers start questioning where their food is coming from, we will see a change, but it will take time. It sounds like a lot of work to some people, but it makes sense to question the food industry in order to ultimately eat healthier without future risks and hazards to your body.