Corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya and squash are the eight crops that are genetically modified and widely used in the united states. and this is why you may not know about GMO's.
"I don't think people are aware of the fact that virtually every product that they get in a restaurant and half of the products they get at home have some part of genetically engineered corn or soy in them." Said licensed nutrition councilor, Eve Plews, of Full Spectrum Health in Sarasota.
Currently there's no regulation on labeling to tell you if your food is genetically modified. and there are concerns of messing with mother nature
John Rorer, owner of Richard's Foodporium said, "I definitely think that there should be label laws, anything with a GMO should be labeled." and, there are possible risks. said, Kathleen Namolik, RD of Sarasota Memorial Hospital
"They accidentally injected Brazil nut into soy beans and a s you know a lot of people have nut allergies" This incident occurred in China and luckily the food supply was not infiltrated. But, the main risks said Namolik, is perhaps what impacts those resistant plants may have on the environment
Kevin Folta, a professor of the University of Florida said in a telephone interview, "There is a tremendous misinformation machine with an anti-corporate slant wants to poison the name of good technology that could help people. He added that insecticide has been cut tremendously but herbicide has increased slightly because of herbicide tolerance in the weeds associated in the crops. He also says there has never been one case of a health problem associated with this technology or epidemiological evidence
But Plews stands her ground, She said the reason we're genetically modifying foods is because companies want to have patents on foods they only can own.
"The claims that genetically modified foods are going to feed the world are false," She said, "The reason that we don't have food for everybody in the world has nothing to do with our inability to grow it, it has to do with our inability to deliver it."
But, how are our crops genetically modified?
"Genes can be changed by exposure to toxins environmentally," said Plews, "They can be changed by radiation and they can be changed by genetically modified organisms."
For the concerned there is one way to insure your food is not genetically modified said Plews, "When we buy organic, we know that we don't have genetically modified organisms in that food." and twenty-three year-old Sean Leboles agreed. "You will not find pesticides, herbicides or anything genetically modified whatsoever."
Rorer said "I think that we should all be cautious before we rush to judgement because hybrid plants, grafting of plants and things like the air-layering of plants things like that have been going on for centuries and centuries so we've already been modifying plants for centuries, farmers have done it for eons."
Folta said GMO's are safe, and currently 70-percent of the products on grocery store shelves genetically modified, but, there are still unanswered questions.
"We don't know how those changes are going to affect either our health or the health of future generations" Said Plews. "We dont know that GMO foods are not safe. But, we don't know that they are."