Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated through genetic engineering in a laboratory.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) in 2009 released its position paper on Genetically Modified foods stating that "GM foods pose a serious health risk" and calling for a moratorium on GM foods. The AAEM concluded, "GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health."
Most packaged foods contain ingredients derived from corn, soy, canola, and sugar beet — and the vast majority of those crops grown in North America are genetically modified. While a great deal of progress has been made making consumers aware of the importance of avoiding GMO's and eating organic, we have a long way to go.
Be sure to find your handout on GMO risks with important information and an action link for getting pesticides our of local communities!
Listen to Jeffrey Smith, the founding executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, as he talks about health risks of GMO’s:
And tips from Jeffrey on safe eating:
Non-GMO Shopping Guide:
This is your one-stop-shop on how to eat non-GMO, what a non-GMO label means, the differences between non-GMO & organic, and how to avoid GMOs even when there’s no label, and when you dine out.