Genetically modified foods and crops pose serious threats to human and animal health, but Big Ag doesn’t want you to know that.
Glyphosate, Roundup's active ingredient, has been linked to birth defects in birds and amphibians, as well as to cancer, endocrine disruption, damage to DNA, and reproductive and developmental damage in mammals. Roundup-Ready crops are genetically modified to withstand drenching with this weedkiller.
PHOTO: DAVE REEDE PHOTOGRAPHY
Genetically modified corn now accounts for 86 percent of all corn planted in the United States.
Genetically modified versions of all of these foods have been in the supermarket for years — but they’re not labeled as such.
USDA AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE
GM crops include Bt cotton and corn, and herbicide-tolerant (HT) soy, cotton, and corn. Almost all soybeans grown in the United States are now genetically modified. This data is from two USDA reports.
NATE SKOW; SOURCES: USDA ERS & NASS
Buy organic whenever possible, and look for foods labeled “Non-GMO Verified.” The Non-GMO Project is an independent nonprofit that requires independent, third-party verification before awarding its label.
An Ohio court ruled in 2010 that milk from cows injected with rBST is inferior to natural milk.