GMOS in our food system
Since GMOs first hit the market in the mid-1990s, they have become pervasive in our food system. Most Americans aren’t even aware that GMOs are in most of the foods they eat. The majority of American food and farming corporations use and/or grow crops that are genetically engineered. In the United States, more than 80% of many major crops (including corn, soy, and sugar beets) are grown from genetically engineered seed. About 70% of processed foods contain GMOs.
Crops that are most likely to be genetically engineered include: soy, corn, canola (rapeseed), sugar beets, zucchini and yellow summer squash. Industrially produced animal products including milk, meat, eggs, and honey are also considered at high-risk due to contamination from feed crops. For up-to-date information on GMO-risk crops, please visit the Non-GMO Project’s website.
A growing number of studies connect GMOs with a range of health risks and environmental concerns, and many contend they are in violation of farmers’ and consumer rights. GMOs have not been adequately tested and we strongly believe that the government shouldn’t have approved an experimental technology without testing its safety.
Nearly 50 countries (including Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, and all of the countries in the European Union), require labels on GMOs, and many of these also have severe restrictions or bans against the production or sale of GMO food. Yet in the United States, labeling of GMOs is not a legal requirement. The only two credible ways for Americans to assure that a product is GMO-free is to choose products that are labeled either USDA Organic Certification and Non-GMO Project Verified, or both. Americans have the right to know what’s in their food!