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Choose Health – Choose non-GMO By Sharyn Wynters (GM) also known as genetic engineering, gene splicing, or recombinant DNA technology, is the alteration of a living or- ganism by transferring genes from other organisms. The difference betweenGM and other breeding programs is that GM creates un- natural genetic combinations. GM recombines the genetic ma- terial from plants, insects, or animals for which there is no (or low) probability of natural breeding. Some have referred to the food cre- ated through this process as “Frankenfood,” for obvious reasons . . . and while most people indicate that given the choice, they would not choose GM food, few realize that they unknowingly eat it every day. Most countries, including the European Union, Japan, and Aus- tralia, require the mandatory labeling of foods that contain GM ingredients. As a result, most food manufacturers in these countries choose to use non-GM ingredients. But in the United States, unless food is labeled “organic” it may legally contain GMOs. An estimated 75 percent of foods in U.S. grocery stores contain GM ingredients. And don’t bother reading labels to see if you’re buying a GM product, because in the U.S., no labeling is required! Despite claims that GM foods are safe, the research says other- wise. GMO’s have been linked with, allergies, infertility, infant mortality, immune dysfunction, stunted growth, and accelerated aging. Recent findings link it to Morgellon’s disease, a mysteri- ous new skin disease. According to Jeffrey Smith, an authority on genetic modification, GM foods are one of the greatest threats to the sustainability of the human race—and to our planet. gM or not. How can you tell? There are six GM food crops that are widespread in North America. In fact, if the label doesn’t specifically say, “non-GMO” or “organic,” you can be fairly certain these six foods are genetically modified. They are: Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed, Sugar Beets, and Hawaiian Papaya. A small amount of Zucchini and Yellow Squash are also currently GM. Any products or ingredients made from these crops contain GM organisms. For example: Sugar: If a product made in North American lists “sugar” as an ingredient, then it is almost certainly a combination of sugar from both sugar cane and GM sugar beets. 22 A DISTINCTIVE STYLE . COM he acronym, GMO is becoming more widely recognized— for a number of reasons—none of them good. GMO stands for genetically modified organism. Genetic mod- Cereals & Breakfast Foods: Cereals and breakfast bars are very likely to include GMO ingredients because they are often made with corn and soy products—and beet sugar. Dairy:Nearly all dairy cows in the U.S. are injected with GM bovine growth hormone (rbGH or rbST). infant formulas:Milk or soy protein is the basis of most infant formulas. The main ingredient in these products is often GM soy or milk from cows injected with rbGH. Many brands also add GMO- derived corn syrup, corn syrup solids, or soy lecithin. Baked goods: While wheat, rice, kamut, and oats are not yet genetically modified, many packaged breads and bakery items contain other GMO ingredients such as corn syrup, soy flour, and sugar from sugar beets. The most recent GM atrocity being proposed is GM salmon— genetically engineered to produce growth hormones year- round, creating fish that grow at twice the normal rate. Without conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment or feeding studies, the FDA announced that it intends to approve the new fish which cannot be labeled under current U.S. laws. Once again you won’t know whether you are real salmon or” Frankenfish.” This is a current and pending issue. It may not be too late to voice your opinion by visiting this website: http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/campaigns. Most people are still unaware of the overpowering influence of toxins and the impact they have on our health. Genetic modifi- cation is just one area of con- cern. My latest book, SURVIVE! A Family Guide to Thriving in a Toxic World will open your eyes and it will guide you to alternatives that will help to protect your health and the health of your family. Start this month by avoiding GM foods and by spreading the word. Sharyn Wynters is a naturopath and author. Her book can be purchased from her website at http://www.wyntersway.com

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