Useful Tips On How To Identify Genetically Modified Food In The Shops And Markets!
Genetically Modified Foods are crops, mostly cash crops, that undergo changes at the cellular level using methods of genetic engineering on their DNA. Their DNA is enhanced to make the crop more resistant to pests, to make it last longer without perishing, that is, to prolong its life, and to make it tastier and more fruitful. It is an enhanced crop but one that is dangerous to our health and environment. Unfortunately, with the rise of imported crop and the Green Revolution in the 1970's, we are surrounded by more GM foods than we know.
The problem with GM food is that the new crop is both engineered and subsequently patented by large corporations like Monsanto. This means that they own the crop's intellectual property rights. The seed, indeed the entire species of plant itself, is owned and is the property of these corporations. The offspring of that seed is also the property of the company, because it has the same unique DNA that was patented by the corporation. This crop is dangerous to both our personal health and the farming community. GM food is subsidized in countries like America, Argentina, India and China and exported to the world. It endangers both local organic farms as well as the health of millions of people. The following tips will allow you to identify the genetically modified crop from the organic ones, thereby saving your health and the livelihood of farmers everywhere.
#2 Tips To Identify
When you visit the supermarket, be vary of what you buy, most fruits and vegetables may not carry a label declaring them to be genetically modified. The health risks of ingesting GM crops include poisoning due to higher pesticide and herbicide residue levels, high heavy metal content that can be toxic to the body, a developed resistance to antibiotics due to the new DNA structure, and substantially lower nutrition value. However, detecting a GM crop in the market is now made easier than you thought if you just follow a few useful tips! For starters, GM food is more pleasant to look at, rounder and shinier than other crops. They are often larger in size than you would normally expect that crop to be. They also have even coloring and show no signs of decay. This stands as a primary test. Secondly, ask your local store for indicative labels or shelves stating the crop's origin. Many laws have been passed and are in motion that make it mandatory to label GM foods.
Another danger lies in the purchase of meat. Here, genetically modified crops such as corn are often fed to livestock, infecting them with E.Coli that can be fatal to man. In the meat aisle, demand to know the origin of the meat and read the labels carefully. It is also important not to be swayed by the names and packaging of a company's product. Often times, companies selling vegetables, fruits and meats design their packaging to lure you into thinking it is safe. Do not be fooled by words like "fresh" and covers with sunshine and green fields on it. Companies employ many PR firms to assess the psychological impact of the packaging they use, hence it is another manipulative method of making one purchase a GM food. Go to the next page to find out how to identify a GM crop. We stated the superficial differences here, let us now take a deeper look at GM crop identification in a supermarket and how to identify a fruit's origin if it looks normal and doesn't have a label.
#1 Identifying Organic Foods
Buy food labeled 100% organic. It is often possible that organic food is more expensive and different in appearance from conventional products, however this is a good sign. Trusted organic certification institutions include the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Quality Assurance International (QAI), Oregon Tilth, and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Also note that just because something says "organic" on its cover, it does not mean that it doesn't contain genetic modification. In fact, it can still contain up to 30% genetically modified material, so be sure the label says 100% organic. Eggs labeled "free-range," "natural," or "cage-free" are not necessarily GM free so look for eggs that are 100% organic.
Thanks to organizations such as the Non-GMO Project, some foods are now specially labelled as "GMO Free". You can research websites that list companies and foods that do not use genetically modified foods. Shop locally, at the closest farmer's market to converse with the producers themselves about the origin of their crop. It is also helpful to remember the high risk crops. These are the products that are most likely to be genetically modified. Crops that are genetically modified include soy, corn, canola, sugar beets, cotton, Hawaiian papaya, zucchini and yellow summer squash, and alfalfa. Keep vigilant and keep healthy!
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