I will not claim to be an expert on this topic. Not even close. But it’s something people should be aware of and something I’m thinking about more these days. The topic being genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) food.
Over the last few years, increasing numbers of Americans have become more interested in and concerned about what’s in the food they’re eating, myself included. This is of course a great thing and has led to expanded labeling and ingredients alterations by food companies. The latest (or perhaps the just the loudest) battle is over labeling GM foods. Currently the FDA requires labeling of more than 3,000 food ingredients and processes. Genetic engineered/modified is not one of them. GMOs were introduced into our food supply in 1996 with the intention of producing foodstuffs with desirable traits, such as crops resistant to pests or drought. A couple days ago, Congress asked the FDA to label genetically engineered food. This is a big step in the “consumers’ right to know” campaign.
Like I said, I’m no expert here, and there isn’t strong scientific evidence that GMOs are harmful to humans … or that they are safe. Therefore, I simply urge you to think about what this means to you. You too have a right to know.
And once you get riled up from watching this video and doing your own research, here are a couple resources. Make your voice known by the choices you make in the grocery store (and by contacting your Congressperson).