Choosing Non-GMO: It’s Not Just About Food!

The long-term effects of genetic modification on our health are barely understood, but what we do know is not pretty: infertility, birth defects, cancer, neurological disorders and organ damage are just some of the risks. Even if you carefully avoid genetically modified foods, it’s almost certain that you are still exposed to GMOs every day. GMOs are in everyday items you may use on a regular basis. Here are just a few examples:
 
Hand Sanitizer: There are many reasons to avoid conventional hand sanitizers, but one more is exposure alcohol made from GM corn. In 2010, 86% of US-grown corn was genetically modified.
 
Soy Ink: Many companies tout their use of soy ink to dye clothing and to print books, product packaging, magazines and newspapers. Since the United States soybean production is 85% GM, soy ink nearly inevitably contains GMOs, and ink is highly absorbable through the skin.
 

Personal care products: Soy protein and alcohol is ubiquitous in items such as lotions, face creams, soaps and shampoos. But, along with thick, lustrous hair, you can end up with a head full of toxic GMO soy and corn.
 
Cotton: Chances are you’re wearing some cotton clothing right now. Your bed sheets and towels probably are cotton too, as are the swabs and cotton balls in your bathroom. If they’re not organic, they are almost certainly genetically modified. Last year, 93% of cotton planted in the U.S was genetically modified. Think what you wear doesn’t matter? Our skin is permeable and we absorb much of what it comes in contact with.
 
Gasoline: A new variety of GM corn was approved earlier this year for use in ethanol production for gasoline. Whether your skin comes in contact with gas or you’re just breathing fumes while at the gas station or in traffic, chances are you are taking in GMOs.

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