The Anna Kavanaugh Charitable Foundation

Genetically Modified Foods (GMO) and Disclosure 

What's It All About?

GMO's are the subject of growing public outrage, not only in the practice of manipulating our food supply, but also the outright lack of Non-GMO labeling. Grocery stores now contain 80% or more of GMO products, making it very difficult for the consumer to eat GMO free. Organic options in the average grocery store are limited in variety or quality and have become ironic and more expensive luxuries in eating. The Food and Drug Administration continue to deny consumers disclosure by refusing mandate corporate labeling. The political ties between government agencies and GMO corporations such as giants Monsanto and Syngenta are nothing short of incestuous.

What is a GMO?

A GMO is a genetically modified organism. The practice occurs when scientists introduce genetic material into organisms to manipulate, modify, engineer or affect desired changes in both living plants and animals. Such radical change in the sources compiling our food supply have undergone inadequate, if not non-existent, independent human study which presents risks that are reckless and may be disastrous to human health.
 
Recombinant DNA technology alters the organic core found in the genetic code of living organisms. "Frankenfoods" have been designed through this genetic manipulation, allowing scientists the ability to modify original traits and create new ones with no guidelines. Consumers are growing more and more concerned. It is impossible, due to lack of labeling, to discern which foods contain GMO's and, due to lack of sufficient testing, to know the long term health risks involved. Initial study reveals that animals who have consumed GMO feed and human health issues indicate the ramifications of consumption could be severe.

It has been determined the toxins from genetically modified organisms are absorbed by humans who ingest them. Pregnant women and their fetuses show detectable levels of the toxins in their blood. Research also shows toxic effects on human kidney cells, death of tissues known as necrosis, and cell death in human embryonic kidney cells.

GMO labeling is essential to basic consumer rights to know what is in the food we are eating, but our rights continue to be denied. Consumers have the right to make informed choices.