IS THIS THE END OF REAL FOOD?
WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE?
Follow the film-maker’s journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agri-giant, Monsanto. Join us and learn about and discuss GMOs. OMG!
What: Free screening of the film, GMO OMG followed by a discussion
When: Monday, November 20th, 7-9pm
Where: Sherrill Hall, side rear entrance of St. Paul’s Church at 39 E. Central St., Natick, MA
What Else: Ample parking, light refreshments, good company, handicapped accessible
What is a GMO?A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Genetic modification involves the mutation, insertion, or deletion of genes. Genetically engineered crops are crops that are altered with inserted genetic material to exhibit a desired trait.
How common are GMOs?
The United States is the world leader in genetically engineered crop production, with 165 million acres, or nearly half of global production. Currently in the United States, approximately 85% of all processed foods contain GMOs.
Are GMOs Bad for Us?
The effects of eating genetically engineered (GE) foods are still largely unknown. The studies that led to the market release of certain genetically modified seeds were conducted by the same companies that manufacture the seeds themselves, and the raw data for these tests have not been released for the public to see. There have been independent, peer-reviewed studies that suggest that there could be harmful effects to human health caused by the use of GMOs and the chemical pesticides and herbicides that go along with them, but again, there has not been enough research done and the jury is still out. Also, without labeling GE foods, we cannot associate any health problems with people who ate them — because we do not know who ate them. Since the FDA has no way to track adverse health effects in people consuming GE foods, and because there is no requirement that food containing GE ingredients be labeled, there is no effective way to gather data on health problems that may be happening.[Source]
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