Posts Tagged ‘GMO corn’

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.
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Syngenta Seeks Approval for New Insecticidal GMO Bt Corn; Deadline to Comment Looms

Many countries have banned genetically modified (GMO) “Bt” crops, which are engineered to produce their own insecticides by expressing toxins from the soil-dwelling bacteria bacillus thuringiensis or Bt, because of documented harm to people, animals and beneficial insects. However, in the US, there are 16 different GMO Bt varieties of corn already approved for food and feed. Now, Syngenta, a large, global, Switzerland-based chemicals company which notably markets seeds and pesticides, is asking the US Department of Agriculture to approve another.
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