Food consumers (so– everyone), be warned: our food industry has been seized. Specifically, our natural food industry has been abducted by ill-meaning GMO food corporations’ dangerous practices in their own conventional crops. While 64 percent of people think seeing “natural” on a food label fully guarantees the food is absent of genetically engineered compounds, recent Consumer Reports evaluations found that not to be the case. Actually, many common “natural” foods frequently have genetically engineered (also known as GMO) compounds within them.
What’s The Big Deal?
This isn’t good, and for a few reasons:
• The majority of GMO corn and soy crops are meant to live through intense glyphosate sprayings. Glyphosate is a leading ingredient in Roundup, which is a chemical that’s been linked with cell death and a plethora of other health dysfunctions.
• A Norwegian study recently uncovered evidence that GMO soy in the U.S. carries “extreme” amounts of glyphosate.
• Earlier this year, the International Agency for Research on Cancer found that contact with glyphosate increased a farmer’s risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma two-fold.
• Most U.S. consumers just “don’t get” labeling claims! Because of that, many health and food watchdog agencies are fighting for the mandatory labeling of GMO products. Furthermore, Consumer Reports is even asking to ban the term “natural” for use on products that have GMO compounds.
Frozen foods, foods made from concentrate, and homogenized foods must all be labeled as they are– so why aren’t products with GMOs also labeled?, asks Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives at Consumer Reports. After all, consumers are being tricked when they purchase products saying ‘natural’ on the container, considering they’re expecting that they’re only getting products that are GMO-free, she continues.
‘Natural’ Label Testing
Consumer Reports looked to find out exactly how many foods have GMOs, including whether people could depend on packaging promises indicating there are zero GMOs in specific products. The group purchased more than 80 different foods that had been processed and contained soy or corn, which are two big genetically engineered crops, and then examined these foods for substantial GMO contamination.
What they found was that both Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified foods were, in fact, absent of GMOs– but almost all the food samples tested by Consumer Reports that made a “natural” claim on the label had significant GMO levels in their ingredients!
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