What Is GMO?

Are you one of those people that thinks that without GMO food we would have worms in our tomatoes and tomato paste? Does your friend or loved one think this way? Well, we’re going to shed some light on this subject and explain just what GMO is and how it’s made–or should we say engineered.

Genetically Modified Organisms and How They Got That Way

This is an excellent video from Media Roots that tells you everything you need to know about what a GMO is and how it got that way. To explain this let’s talk about a tomato. In a nutshell what happens is a virus “promoter” gene, usually the Cauliflower Mosaic virus which causes tumors on plants (nice, huh?), is used to get a modified gene (soil bacteria + e. coli) into the cells of the tomato plant. Voila! Now the tomato is a Genetically Modified Organism and the process of creating the modified gene and getting it into the plant is called Genetic Engineering.

The idea behind GMOs was to modify plants so you could grow them out of season (winter) and in locations where they wouldn’t normally grow (desert). While those intentions sound good the problem is that these bacteria and virus DNA don’t just pass through human beings. The foreign DNA ends up inside the good bacteria in our gut that’s responsible for digestion.

Watch the Future of Food documentary if you’d like to know more about how genetically engineered food has found its way into our grocery stores and on our tables.

The full documentary is available here.

And just released,  May 2013, is a new smartphone app called Buycott that gives you the ability to boycott a food if it’s company or parent company(s) have donated more than $150,000 to block GMO labeling legislation. Read more about Buycott here.

Share this with your family and friends so they’ll be better informed about what GMOs are, how they’re made, and how they can make better product choices with Buycott!

 

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