You’d be surprised the number of food products you purchase that are owned by Monsanto. Many people think they are health foods, when in reality, they contain genetically modified ingredients that are toxic to our body.
Many of the ingredients in packaged foods are derived from genetically modified organisms. They are often hidden in the ingredients, labelled as things you’d think were harmless.
Ingredients like starch (in any form), high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), dextrin, maltodextrin, dextrose, malt (in any form), hydrolyzed vegetable protein, baking powder, caramel colour, sugar, aspartame, nutrasweet, phenylalanine, equal, confectioners sugar, fructose (in any form), glucose, condensed milk, milk powder, soy, cottonseed oil, xanthan gum, corn (in any form) and more, usually indicate the presence of hidden GMOs, unless the product is certified organic or Non-GMO project verified.
There are many concerns regarding our health and the environment that we should take note of, so that we can stop supporting the use of GMO products. Genetically modified food has the ability to generate new plant pathogens, supports the movement of herbicide resistant genes to other plants, has detrimental consequences for plant biodiversity and wildlife, and can eradicate populations of beneficial insects (such as honey bees). Growing GMO crops also discourages the important practice of crop rotation, which is proven to keep soil healthy and nutritious.
The potential health risks of GMOs include birth defects, transfer of genetically modified DNA into the human body, triggering gluten-related disorders like Celiac Disease, development of cancer, a direct link to the development of Autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease, gastrointestinal problems, and more. GMO’s are not completely safe for consumption – we do not know enough about them yet to make any definitive statements. Look after your health, and always opt for locally grown, and organic (or just grow it yourself!).
There are many GMO-free companies out there too, so be sure to check those out, and support them whenever you can.
Here is a list of companies that you should absolutely avoid if you don’t want to eat Monsanto-owned food products: