Knowing the truth about GMOs, what responsible actions can we take?
1. Demand that products containing GM ingredients be labeled as such. A USDA-funded 2003 survey found that only 26% of Americans are aware they have consumed genetically engineered foods, yet at this time over three quarters of processed food in the U.S. has GMO components. Consumers have a right to know if their food has genetically-modified ingredients.
2. Spread the word about GMOs. Knowledge is power. The more people become aware of GMOs in their food—and their environment—the more they can make choices to protect themselves. More knowledge also means a larger voice to call for better control of the GMO experiment.
3. Buy certified organic foods. Organic standards expressly prohibit the use of genetically modified seeds or ingredients. Choosing organic at the grocery store is protection for you, and a way to vote on this issue with your pocketbook.
The Center for Food Safety works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the proliferation of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. CFS engages in legal, scientific and grassroots initiatives to guide national and international policymaking on critical food safety issues.
The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) was founded in 2003 to promote the responsible use of technology and stop GM foods and crops through both grassroots and national strategies. Check out their GM-free Schools Campaign too.
Ag BioTech InfoNet covers all aspects of the application of biotechnology and genetic engineering in agricultural production and food processing and marketing. Scientific reports and findings, and technical analysis.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is a grassroots non-profit public interest organization which deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, corporate accountability, and environmental sustainability. Their information on GE foods can be found at:
The Union of Concerned Scientists has extensive information on biotechnology, including a backgrounder on the "Risks of Genetic Engineering" at:
Percy Schmeiser is a farmer from Bruno, Saskatchewan Canada whose canola fields were contaminated with Monsanto's patented GMO canola. Today he is being sued by the agribusiness giant. Read his story here.