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Genetically engineered foods  - sometimes referred to as "synthetic food" - have had foreign genes inserted into their genetic codes.
Genetic engineering can be done with plants, animals, or micro-organisms. Historically, farmers bred plants and animals for desired traits for thousands of years. They would produce dogs ranging from poodles to Great Danes, for example and roses from sweet-smelling miniatures to today's long-lasting, but scent-free reds.
 

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Selective breeding over time created these wide variations, but it is dependent on nature producing the desired gene and humans choosing to mate animals or plants with that gene to make the related characteristics more common or more pronounced.


Genetic engineering allows scientists to speed up this process by moving desired genes from one plant into another -- or even from an animal to a plant or vice versa.

 

Genetic engineering is the largest food experiment in the history of the world. We are all the guinea pigs.


There are about 40 varieties of genetically engineered crop approved for marketing in the U.S. As a result, 60-70% of the foods on your grocery shelves contain genetically engineered (GE) components. What foods are genetically engineered? Almost all: Corn, Soy, Wheat, Canola, Tomato , Potato , Rice , Cantaloupe , Sugar beet - (all kinds of sugar) , Radicchio , Flax (linseed) , Papaya , Squash , Oilseed rape, Alfalfa – available in U.S. store shelves are genetically engineered.


Genetically engineered foods contain substances that have never been a part of the human food supply. They are not subjected to rigorous pre-market safety testing. And THEY ARE NOT LABELED.


Is genetic engineering safe for you and your family? Safe for the environment? Safe for the future of mankind? No long-term studies have been done. No one can answer these questions.


Obviously GMO-Food is a politically highly charged issue and one that will not disappear as long as lwa makers reap financial benefits that greases their re-election campaign.

 

The following excerpt is from an “Open Letter by the Independent Scientists',” read at the Joint International GMO Opposition Day, April 8, 2006 published on the Organic Consumer Association web site:

 

"The current generation of genetically modified (GM) crops unnecessarily risks the health of the population and the environment.


Present knowledge is not sufficient to safely and predictably modify the plant genome, and the risks of serious side-effects far outweigh the benefits.

 

We urge you to stop feeding the products of this infant science to our population and ban the release of these crops into the environment where they can never be recalled."

 

Proponents in support of GMO-Foods want to make us believe genetically engineered food include will bless us with benefits like:
•    More nutritious food
•    Tastier food
•    Disease and drought resistant plants that require fewer environmental resources (water, fertilizer, etc.)
•    Decreased use of pesticides
•    Increased supply of food with reduced cost and longer shelf life
•    Faster growing plants and animals
•    Food with more desirable traits, such as potatoes that absorb less fat when fried
Vitality Concepts’ research has found – in fact the opposite to be the case in all points, we leave it to our readers to voice their opinion. This is a vital issue that affects the future of Food and the Future of all of us.