To be honest I had no idea what GMOs were. I had heard the term, and thought it was something to do with cloning of foods and creating that particular food if it was a difficult food to grow in certain regions. I have since discovered what they are and it has certainly opened my eyes to them and more importantly to avoiding them! So what are they?
A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait or characteristic. This process may be called either Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM); they are one and the same.
GMOS have been found to have unintended side effects as the GM plants create toxins, allergens, carcinogens, new diseases, antibiotic resistant diseases, and nutritional problems.
Some food sources that are known to contain GMOs include:
soyabean, corn and foods that have been derived from these sources.
meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals that have eaten GM feed (and the majority of the GM corn and soy is used for feed);
dairy products from cows injected with a GM hormone;
food additives, enzymes, flavorings, and processing agents, including the sweetener aspartame (NutraSweetï¿½) and rennet used to make hard cheeses; and honey and bee pollen that may have GM sources of pollen.
It seems like it may be really difficult to know what or how to identify what produce and products are GMO free. In some instances we can find labels that specify GMO free, however it is important to know which of these are reliable and trusted sources.