What you should know about Bioengineered Agriculture
You’ve heard the terms: Genetically Altered (GA), Genetically Engineered (GE), Genetically Modified Organism (GMO), Biotechnology-derived (BD) food, Genfood, and Transgenic, names from the scientific side. If you read the paper you may be familiar with the less attractive names like Frankenfood and Frankenfish. They all refer to the science of agriculture biotechnology. A full 60% of the crops grown in the United States today are products of biotechnology, and this figure is growing. World wide, these crops account for 109 to 200 million acres.
But what do you really know about genfood and how do you know you're eating it. Should you be concerned? If you eat any sort of processed food (processed foods would include but are not limited to,): breads, breakfast cereals, candy, cake mixes, canned meats packed in oil, chips, cookies, cooking oils, crackers, pretzels, pasta, rice mixes, salad dressing, spaghetti sauces etc., then you are most likely eating genfood. Some whole foods, like tomatoes and potatoes are also bioengineered products.
I've done a fair amount of research into the biotechnology of our food and while there is a counter argument for nearly every critical reason against growing and eating Genfood, I believe there are justifiable concerns that have led me to the decision to avoid consuming genfood and feeding it to my growing children. I am not advocating that all genfood is bad, but there are definite questions raised that even apparent proponents of bio-agriculture show concern over or, admit there is insufficient data to make positive claims. The bottom line is that long-term effects on health and the enviroment are unknown, and there are other issues of social and economic importance that need to be addressed.
It is my hope to raise your level of awareness and make you curious about what is in your food, where it comes from and the impact of our food choices can mean to the environment and others here on planet earth. I fully encourage you to do your own research. Please don’t just take my word for it.
This site is a result of that research and it's here for my family and friends so that all of you will be aware of this quiet revolution taking over our food supply. I would also like to mention that I am presenting this information as an individual and I am not a representative of any of the organizations noted within this site.
You may, after reading this information, believe that genfood is nothing to worry about. That is your choice, but at least your choice is informed. Or you may feel, like I do, that stricter regulations are needed and definitely more long term research is in order, with proper labeling in the meantime. If you feel you would like to do more, the resource page has links to campaigns, and tips on making our planet a better place. Please read and pass it on.
P.S. Some pages on this site are still under
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Updated January 27, 2004