9 Things you should know about GMO’s

I recently watched the documentary, “Genetic Roulette.” It is about the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). This documentary was part of the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival. This has been an annual event for 12 years. This year they featured films about the environment, education, indigenous rights, Palestine/Israel, war and peace, and activism. I also saw “Bidder 70” and “Heist.” I will discuss both of these films later.

Before seeing this film I knew that GMO’s were bad but I did not know too much about them.

Here is what I learned:

1. They take genes from one species and force it into the DNA of other species.

2. 88% of US corn is genetically modified, 94% of US soy is genetically modified,  cotton (90%), canola (90%), sugar beets (95%), Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%), zucchini and yellow squash (over 24,000 acres).

3. They can put it on the market without telling the FDA or the consumer.

4. GMO’s are in your food. They were introduced in the mid-1990’s and are now present in the vast majority of processed foods in the US.

5. Although there have been attempts to increase nutritional benefits or productivity, the two main traits that have been added to date are herbicide tolerance and the ability of the plant to produce its own pesticide. These results have no health benefit, only economic benefit.

6. Genetically modified foods have been linked to toxic and allergic reactions, sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals.

7. “It appears there is a direct correlation between GMOs and autism.”–Arden Anderson, MD, PhD, MPH

8. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine urges physicians to tell their patients to avoid GM food. Several animals studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food. These include infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, and changes in major organs.

9. GMO’s may make you allergic to non-GM foods.

The following products are verified by the Non-GMO Project.

Alternative Dairy Products: Almond/Rice/Soy Dream, Blue Diamond, Earth Balance, Follow Your Heart, Coconut Bliss, Purely Decadent, Silk, So Delicious

Breads/Baked Goods: EatPastry, Enjoy Life Foods, Hodgson Mill, Immaculate Baking, Rudi’s

Candy/Chocolate/Sweeteners: Enjoy Life Foods, Immaculate Baking, Theo Chocolate

Cereals: Kashi, KIND, Nature’s Path, Van’s

Snack Food/Bars:  Boulder Canyon Natural Foods, Garden of Eatin’, KIND,

Soups: Amy’s, Eden, Imagine

Tofu/Tempeh/Alternative Meat: Follow Your Heart, Lightlife, Nasoya, Tofurky, Turtle Island Foods

For more information and for a full list of non-gmo companies visit www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education and www.nongmoshoppingguide.com

*Information from the documentary, “Genetic Roulette” and www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education


  1. Shannon

    We void GMO’s where we can, but not because of the potential dangers. The science is not yet entirely conclusive on many GMO products — mostly alarm and myth among the non-science crowd.

    My consideration is of evolution versus man-made direct change in the lab, something we’ve only learned in the last 100 years or so. What would naturally take thousands of years of adaptation by affected species is forced into just a handful of years instead. What are the repercussions? No one knows yet.

    Though humans are quick to think of ways we COULD improve our way of life on earth, we rarely give enough consideration on whether we SHOULD. Bottom line in today’s age trumps he natural world every time. We may be getting our comeuppance sooner than we like!

    Keep up the great articles! Discussion needs to be had on some of these matters. Good that it’s on your radar at such an early age — veganism is a fantastic start too. It’s not only PROVEN healthier to eat plants, but also starts people asking the right questions.

  2. Erica Wollman

    Wow! Thanks for the great response. and thanks for the compliments:)

    It’s just plain unnatural. We do stupid things to save money. This is one of those things. The big corporations think they will save money. However, studies have found that GMO’s take just as long to grow as standard foods. They say they will feed the world with GMO’s. Maybe if we stopped eating meat we would have enough food to feed the world. It takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of edible animal flesh. That grain could be used more efficiently.

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