This past Saturday May 23rd, I had the pleasure to participate in the “Millions Against Monsanto March” in Toronto. This was an important event to attend, as I believe it is crucial to bring awareness to the public on the health and environmental issues surrounding GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).
What is genetic modification?
With genetic engineering, scientists change the heredity of microbes, fungi, plants, or animals, by inserting genes from other organisms into their DNA. Different from conventional breeding and hybridization, genetic engineering transfers genes between species or kingdoms that would not breed in nature. (from Toronto Non GMO Coalition)
Many other countries such as the European Union, Japan, Australia and many others all require GMO labeling. Why is it that Canada does not? I believe it is our right to know what we are buying and what is in our food so that we are able to make our own choices about what foods to eat. Unfortunately, no one knows the long-term health risks and effects of these GMOs.
These are some of the following crops that may be genetically engineered:
Corn, soy, cotton, canola, sugar beets, alfalfa, papaya, and others. Many of these crops are also used as animal feed which end up in our food chain.
The following are some resources and steps to become more educated and reduce or eliminate GMOs in your diet.
www.nongmoproject.org – A list of products certified non-GMO
www.cban.ca – Canadian Biotechnology Action Network
Aim to eat more local and organic foods for your health. For more information on making healthier choices and learn how to optimize your health with nutrition, please visit my website at www.marshafenwicknutrition.com or call me at 416 820 8017.