GMO-Free Food Sales Gain Increasingly Popularity Public Awareness

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Americans are expressing their interest with the money they are spending. They are voicing their opinion of how corporations are working with our food. One major example of how we are requesting change can be seen where the sale of non-GMO Project Verified foods has doubled since 2013.

GMO-free food sales were $3 billion in 2013 increased to $8.5 billion in 2014. In addition, organic food sales are projected to grow by 14% in 2018. This estimate is on the lower end according to The United States Organic Food Market Forecast & Opportunities.

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Americans all over the country have petitioned for a federal GMO label. Leading global companies get what they ask for.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the works in developing its own GMO labeling program, according to the Associated Press.

For years activists pushed for a federal standard for foods that made with genetically modified ingredients. This means that action from the USDA is big news and worth discussing. A voluntary USDA labeling product geared at GMO-free products would be a small step towards a long battle. However, the battle of what is required in U.S. food made from

The babies of goats who receive feed made with GMO soybean experience difficulty in the absorption of essential nutrients and, as a result, diminished ability to grow. The findings are from a new Italian study submitted to Small Ruminant Research.

GMO soy plants are generally modified to be able to resist massive amounts of herbicide, specifically Roundup Ready, a solution produced by the Monsanto biotech firm. According to the World Health Organization, the main ingredient in the herbicide, glyphosate, may in fact be carcinogenic.…

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released results to the public of its evaluation of whether fifty-two known chemicals could be considered disruptors of the endocrine system—in other words, chemicals that disrupt the workings of the body’s hormones and the glands linked to those hormones, which can conceivably lead to birth defects and reproductive cancers.

Notably, one of these chemicals was glyphosate, a substance that is the main active ingredient in Roundup, the brand name for Monsanto’s ubiquitous herbicide that is used all over the world. The U.S. alone uses millions of pounds of the substance every year.…

In France, a research facility owned by biotech firm Monsanto has been subject to significant damage by a fire that was believed to be the result of arson. The fire erupted this October, on the same exact day that Vytenis Andriukaitis, the commissioner of food safety, was unable to win the European Parliament’s favor over his proposal to allow nations of the EU to individually ban GMOs.…

Actually, Herbicide-tolerant and Bt-transgenic crops caused a reduction in the use of pesticides. Charles Benbrook at Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources says BT crops caused a reduction in the use of insecticide by 10-12 million pounds in a year between 1996 and 2011. Data gotten from USDA is showing a more drastic decrease.…

Myths about pesticides are just testimonies/claims to support false advertisements, marketing strategies or acts of lobbying. Pesticide companies, like Big Tobacco and the oil industry, have produced, through tricks, doubts about the science behind pesticides and have promoted the myths that their products are vital to life and harmless IF used as specified.

The myths were referred to as Tobacco Strategy by book Merchants of Doubt. Pesticide companies organized public relations and legal campaigns to disagree with the evidence, often using untruthful scientists to create controversial premises around the so-called junk science ranging from second-hand smoke resulting into cancer, global …

More produce has been added to the ever-expanding GMO list: potatoes and apples. In this particular case, the GMO version of these common plant products has been modified to reduce browning (oxidation) when slices are exposed to the air. Scientists achieved this by using dsRNA (a version of RNA, sometimes found in viruses, that is double-stranded, similar to DNA), to alter the effects of the gene that is responsible for both the fruit’s and tuber’s browning response. Because the results are merely aesthetic, there was really no good reason to modify this gene, as some amount of browning is perfectly …