GMOs: Everything You Need To Know
Friends, let me introduce you to a topic I hold very close to my heart. This is the first blog entry I am writing on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or Genetically Engineered foods (GE) and introducing some of you to Monsanto for the first time. If you follow me on Instagram, friends with me on Facebook, or know me at all..you know that I am extremely passionate in fighting for food transparency in our country.
Since GMOs, and their presence in our food is such a widely debated, hugely controversial and often confused topic of conversation I'm going to try to break it down for you to the best of my ability so you may see where I am coming from. I never want to tell you WHAT to think or HOW to think, I just aim to inspire. To spark some curiosity on subjects that perhaps can lead you to doing your own research or drawing your own conclusions on the subject, leading to a healthier understanding on the importance of food quality to nutrition.
What are GMOs?
A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals, or even humans. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature. GMOs were introduced into the food supply in 1996, many of the foods we currently eat have been genetically altered and we don't know which ones have been altered because the USA does not require labeling of genetically altered foods. Genetically modified foods are different than cross-breeding and hybridization, and you can learn more about how the processes differ here.