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GMOs: The Walking Dead of the Food Industry

GMO: Genetically Modified Organisms engineered from DNA of different species of plant, animal, bacterial, and viral genes. [1]

- Global Area of GMO crops:170.1 million hectares [2]
- Area of Alaska: 171.7 million hectares [3]
- 70: percentage of items in American food stores containing GMOs [4]
- 0: percentage of items in American food stores containing GMOs prior to 1996 [5]
- 50: nations (including all EU countries) restricting or banning GMO production/sales [6]
- In the US: FDA ruled GMOs not significantly different from naturally occurring foods
- Approval based on studies conducted by GMO manufacturers themselves [6]
- 87: percentage of consumers who want foods containing GMOs to be labeled
- 53: percentage of Americans who would refuse to buy genetically modified food
- 80: percentage of conventionally processed food containing GMOs in the US - labeling not required
- GMOs are manufactured for herbicide tolerance, particularly to glyphosate (RoundUp). Some negative effects:
- Glyphosate builds up in the soil, contaminating it. [7]
- Weeds resistant to glyphosate develop, spawning super weeds. [7]
- 1: breeds of weeds resistant to glyphosate (ryegrass found in Australia) prior to 2010
- 6: US states where glyphosate-resistant weeds have been reported in the past three years [8]
- 1500%: increase in herbicide production since GMOs introduced [7]
- Signing of "Monsanto Protection Act" prevents government restrictions on GMO food found to cause health risks [6]
- One corn GMO type threatened to wipe out Monarch butterfly larvae by contaminating milkweed [8]
- "None of the genetically modified food crops currently on the market offer benefits to consumers in terms of price, nutrition, or new products." [8]
- Over 40 genetically modified crops are allowed to be sold in the US. [8]
- GMOs make it possible for allergens in one food type to emerge in a completely different species. [8]
- GMOs found to transfer genetically altered DNA into the DNA of bacteria living in the human stomach, reproducing indefinitely. [9]
- GMOs can contaminate existing species being grown organically. [9]
- GMO producers can actually sue farmers whose crops are infected by GMO contaminates for intellectual property theft. [9]
- As evidenced by the percentage of crops containing GMOs, producers like Monsanto have a virtual monopoly on the US farming industry. [10]

Top foods containing GMOs

- Sugar Beets (95% of US crop)
- Soy (94% of US crop)
- Canola (90% of US crop)
- Cotton (90% of US crop)
- Corn (88% of US crop) [9]


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