Genetically Engineered foods are consumed by you and me every day. Companies like Monsanto engineer seeds that are resistant to diseases, creating heartier plants that make their way into all types of processed foods. The problem is that the long term health consequences of GMO consumption are unknown. Are they one of the reasons for the spike in autoimmune diseases and certain forms of cancer? In places like Europe, they’d rather burn the crops then sell it to consumers.
There is an increasing uproar in the U.S after Obama signed HR933 or what some are calling the Monsanto Protection Act. The main purpose of the bill was to fund the rest of the congressional fiscal year. Buried deep within the bill, in section 735 was a GMO rider:
Opponents have termed the language in question the “Monsanto Protection Act,” a nod to the major agricultural biotech corporation and other like firms geared at producing genetically modified organisms (GMO) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds and crops. The provision protects genetically modified seeds from litigation suits over health risks posed by the crops’ consumption. Source.
This sellout to a corporation is very disappointing (though not surprising of U.S politicians). For the time being since products don’t feature labels indicating if something is genetically engineered, here is a link to companies that make product(s) which are certified GMO free.