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The GMO are genetically engineered products for consumption and has been shown to cause harm to people, animals and the environment.
Despite growing opposition and new awareness of these engineering-manipulated product production techniques, more and more food continues to be genetically altered and put on supermarket shelves, often without our knowledge.
Global food production has undergone the most radical transformation in history since the 1990s. In just a few years, GM foods have come to dominate agriculture and supermarket shelving in the global space.
Since agriculture and food are of utmost importance to human survival, food producers have profited from making genetically engineered products that last longer and are consumer friendly.
However, these products are controversial as their side effects have been shown to be terrible in laboratory rats. Obesity, tumors and cancer, among other things, are some of the potential side effects of these genetically engineered products.
How do you know if what you eat has GMO?
There are approximately 10 products that are almost 100% genetically engineered on the market:
1. Corn: 88% is GMO, many of the US farms are using Monsanto's genetically modified corn. Monsanto's transgenic corn has been linked to numerous health problems, including weight gain and organ malformations.
2. Papayas: GMOs have been cultivated in Hawaii for consumption since 1999. Although they cannot be sold to the countries of the European Union, they are sold in the USA and Canada.
3. Soy: 94% of US soy production is genetically modified to resist the herbicide called 'Roundup' produced by Monsanto.
4. Asparate me: It is a highly harmful sweetener that is produced with genetically modified bacteria.
5. Zucchini and yellow squash: These two varieties of squash are modified to resist viruses.
6. Yellow squash: About 25 thousand acres in the USA are GMO.
7. Canola: It is one of the most manipulated oils that is obtained through a series of chemical actions.
8. Sugar:Genetically modified sugar beet was introduced to the United States market in 2009 and has been modified by Monsanto to resist herbicides.
9. Dairy Products: A fifth of all dairy cows in America are pumped with these human growth hormones. In fact, Monsanto's rBGH hormone has been banned in 27 countries, but is still used in most American cows.
10. Cotton: Approximately 90% of the US harvest in 2011 was verified as GMO.
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According to the GMO Foods organization, three ways to avoid genetically modified products are as follows:
1. Check the price search code, or PLU code, on the products. The PLU code for conventionally grown produce begins with a "4" and is a string of four numbers. The PLU code for genetically modified products begins with an "8" and is almost always five numbers, while the PLU code for organic products begins with a "9" and is always a string of five numbers.
2. Examine the nutrition facts label for "corn," "canola oil," "I am," and "cottonseed" in the "ingredients." These four ingredients are almost always genetically modified.
3. Look for “GMO Free” or “100% organic” on food labels.