I used to know very little about GMOs and I’m currently trying to fill this gap. I somehow assumed that GMOs were bad but didn’t know what they actually are, where you can find them, and so on...
During my research I stumbled upon a book “Seeds of Deception” by Jeffrey Smith: the world's bestselling and #1 rated book on GMO. It provided for a great reading experience and plenty of information on GMOs. I strongly suggest you give it a go!
First off let me say that this book is very comprehensive, very well written, and pretty accessible even with complicated topics such as genetic engineering process on DNA.
In fact, chunks of genetic material jump all over the place once they are inserted by scientists into plants, and apparently there is no prediction where they will go, or what effect they will have.
There’s so much that we just don’t know about this.
Anyway, the author provides many corroborative sources for his book: he has extensively researched FDA reports and quoted several people in his analysis of GMOs and their impact on society.
With detailed precision, his research reveals the close ties between the government and the biotechnology industries in several aspects of GMO production.
It would be easy to dismiss this book as a partisan rant against Republicans and Corporate America, but Smith is pretty even in his indictments. He accuses both Democratic and Republican administrations in the US that have allowed GM foods to be marketed without proper safeguard and testing.
Fortunately, the Europeans and other overseas markets have put on a pretty strong resistance against GMO and have, on several occasion, denied the entry of genetically modified food products on their market. These actions have made several highly promoted products uneconomical to produce, and have taken a bit of a toll on the GMO industry. A bit of a safe harbour for all worldwide agriculture.
In the final part of the book, Smith provides some helpful suggestion on how the reader can protect him/herself against unknowingly consuming GM foods.
What you’ll find out is that as of today there are only 4 GMO veggies and fruits sold in supermarkets: papaya, but only from Hawaii and nowhere else; some zucchini and yellow squash, and some corn on the cob.
GMO makes for 86% of corn, 93% of canola, 85% of soybean, a good amount of rice and cotton seed oil, produced in the US today. Those products make their way onto our tables through processed food, dairy, meat, and other ways.
This is why I highly recommend reading this book, to acquire knowledge on this topic and be able to make better choices foodwise.
Just think about it, if the Europeans are so fearlessly against GMO there must be a reason, right?
So read this book, it’s about knowing what you’re eating ,which is big part of your health and about who you are!