Genetically modified foods (GMO) are entering the lives of Americans at a disturbingly high rate and it is taking a serious effort to avoid them. GMO’s are shown to cause damage to humans, animals, and the environment and many consumers are educating themselves to this danger due to the recent actions in more than 400 cities to ban these types of foods.
It’s challenging for consumers to grow their own food due to being in urban environments and farmers markets are not always readily available; however, there are ways to avoid the worst of the culprits featured on this top 10 list:
- Corn. Many recent food documentaries such as King Corn and Food Inc have highlighted the dangers of highly modified corn. Close to half of the U.S. farms growing corn for Monsanto are using a genetically modified corn that is destined for human consumption; this corn has also been tied to numerous health issues including weight gain and organ disruption.
- Soy. Many vegetarian products, tofu, and other numerous products have soy that has been genetically modified to resist herbicides.
- Sugar. Recent reports state that genetically modified sugar beets were introduced to the U.S. food market in 2009; they’ve been modified by Monsanto to resist herbicides.
- Aspartame. This toxic additive is used in thousands of products on grocery store shelves and should be avoided whenever possible.
- Papayas. Sad but true, papayas have been genetically modified and grown in Hawaii since 1999 for human consumption. While the U.S. has welcomed these tropical fruits with delight, countries in the European Union will not allow them to be sold for human consumption.
- Canola. This one of the most chemically modified foods in the mainstream U.S. diet.
- Cotton. Found in oils, cotton originating in India or China have serious health risks.
- Dairy. Mainstream dairy products contain growth hormones and as many as one-fifth of all dairy cows in the U.S. are pumped with them. Monsanto’s rBGH has been banned in 27 countries but is still in most U.S. cows.
- Zuchini. Genetically modified to resist viruses.
- Yellow Squash. Genetically modified to resist viruses.
Due to the limited regulation and safety tests performed by companies utilizing genetic modification to foods, the American consumer has no way of knowing for certain what risks these lab-created foods pose to us.
If at all possible, eat clean, eat local, and as close to the source as possible.