Do you really know what’s on your plate? Tomorrow’s Halloween, but many consumers are actually getting tricked all year round. Even if you try to make healthier food choices, there’s a dirty secret that the big agricultural companies don’t want you to know about.
Your plate may contain “Frankenfoods” that are not found in nature. Genetically engineered foods are created through bioengineering and can be made from inserting genes from one species into another. (Think fish genes added to tomato genes.) These combinations are intended to bring out desired traits, ward off pests, or withstand herbicides and pesticides used in their cultivation.
The problem is that genetically engineered foods are unlabeled, so you don’t know you’re eating them. And most Americans are eating them every day. In fact, genetically engineered ingredients are in 75% of the foods on America’s supermarket shelves.
Though the FDA deems these foods “Generally Recognized as Safe,” GMOs have never been tested, so no one knows for sure what effect they’re having on our bodies.
Worst of all, GMOs have also been linked to toxic and allergic reactions in people, and to sickness, sterility, and fatalities in livestock. They have also shown to be linked to damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals.
While many European and South American countries have outright bans against genetically engineered foods in their regions, America doesn’t even label GMO foods as such.
What can you do?