IIN Supports GMO Labeling!
Integrative Nutrition is joining the conversation about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) because we believe everyone has the right to make educated decisions about what we eat.
Not familiar with GMOs? Here's the scoop.
What are they?
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are organisms or microorganisms whose genetic material has been altered through genetic engineering, which involves the use of different biotechnologies to transfer genes from one species to another. The purpose is to give an organism a new trait.
View a list of foods and additives that are genetically modified.
What are the risks?
GMOs have not been proven safe. The long term consequences of GMOs on our health and environment have not been adequately investigated.* Over the course of time, genetically engineered DNA may produce unpredictable mutations, leading to toxic and/or allergenic proteins in GM organisms. While new mutations may occur, forms of natural defense may be deleted causing major changes in species and in the environment.
Learn more about the risks.
*Source: The World Health Organization
History of GMOs
- 1973: The creation of recombinant (manmade) DNA opens the door for GMOs.
- 1982: Insulin becomes the first FDA approved GMO.
- 1994: The FDA approves the FlavrSavr tomato for sale in grocery stores.
- 2013: At least 8 common GM crops spread throughout the U.S. food supply.
View a timeline of the history of GMOs.
The Latest on Policy
Currently over 20 states in the U.S. have GMO labeling legislation pending. The delay in passing this important law is that funding for the cause is low. Plus, big corporations like Monsanto can spend twice as much more on campaigns against initiatives than supporters.
How to Get Involved
- Purchase non-GMO products. By purchasing labeled non-GMO products you are supporting the movement. Take away the market share from companies that use GMO products and/or don’t label their products. Use your power as a consumer to affect the bottomline! Get the Non-GMO Shopping Guide.
- Increase awareness. Talk to your friends and family about the risks of GMO products. Share website links, materials or even host your own community event. Here is a great action tool kit provided by the Institute for Responsible Technology to get you started.
- Take action locally. Use the map to determine what's happening in your state and learn how you may get involved.
- Tell the FDA and congress what you think. The more people who support this initiative the closer we’ll be to making real change, so go ahead and submit a comment with the click of a button.