TAKE ACTION: GM Foods in the U.S.A
According to the World Health Organization (WHO):
Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally, e.g. through the introduction of a gene from a different organism. Currently available GM foods stem mostly from plants, but in the future foods derived from GM microorganisms or GM animals are likely to be introduced on the market. Most existing genetically modified crops have been developed to improve yield, through the introduction of resistance to plant diseases or of increased tolerance of herbicides.
In the future, genetic modification could be aimed at altering the nutrient content of food, reducing its allergenic potential, or improving the efficiency of food production systems. All GM foods should be assessed before being allowed on the market. FAO/WHO Codex guidelines exist for risk analysis of GM food.
Currently, In the U.S.:
- It is estimated that 60-70% of processed food available in the grocery stores likely contains genetically modified food.
- GM foods are required to be labeled in the European Union nations, but not in the US.
Don’ you think we have the right to know what we eat?
Learn more about the dangers of GM foods on:
Wednesday, October 30th from
11 am – 2 pm at the
Civic Lobby (One Pace Plaza)