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Genetically engineered (GE) crops [more commonly referred to as genetically modified organisms (GMOs)] are crops that have been engineered to produce certain qualities not intrinsic to the plant itself. An organism is inserted with genetic material from a different species to create a new organism not developed in nature or through traditional breeding.

The most common GMOs are crops developed to be resistant to an herbicide, such as glyphosate, 2,4-D, and/or dicamaba, and engineered with the pesticide Bt to protect against pests (the plant itself produces the Bt toxin).

Concerns with GMOs: Health, Regulation and Environment

  • Lack of Proper Regulation: Uncertainity of the safety of GMOs due to the lax regulation by the FDA, USDA, and EPA and the lack of unbiased scientific research on the long-term human and environmental health impacts. Several studies conducted by scientists have called into question the safety of consuming GE crops. Further unbiased research regarding health and safety issues is needed.
  • Destruction of Ecosystems: Majority of GE crops are engineered to work in partnership with a specific herbicide, most commonly glyphosate. Since the crops themselves are engineered to resist the effects of the herbicides, the chemicals are sprayed freely and extensively on the farm negatively impacting surrounding communities and ecosystems.
  • Eradication of Key Pollinators: Increased use of pesticides has led to a decline in key pollinator species, such as honeybees and monarch butterflies.
  • Development of Superweeds & Pests: Excessive use of pesticides and herbicides in connection with GE crops has led to superweeds and pests that have developed resistance to the most commonly used pesticides. As a result, farmers and chemical companies are turning to much more toxic pesticides including 2,4-D and diacamba.
  • Community Health Impact: Both glyphosate and 2,4-D—herbicides used extensively on GE crops—have been deemed probable carcinogens by the World Health Organization and have a major impact on the health of surrounding communities.
  • Soil Degradation: GE crops encourage mono-cropping, where one large area is grown with the same crop variety year after year. This method of agriculture damages soil health and fertility and quickly depletes nutrients. Poor soil health requires farmers to rely on external inputs such as nitrogen fertilizers produced from fossil fuels. The overuse of nitrogen fertilizers is not only continuing our dependence on oil and perpetuating climate change, but it is also polluting our water ways and creating dead zones void of aquatic life.


GMOs are not part of a sustainable system of agriculture. In order to sustain our soil and food supply, we must move to a regenerative system of agriculture, with its basis in the principles of organics. This means moving away from destructive chemical inputs such as pesticides and synthetic fertilizers and moving towards systems that work in tune with the natural biology of soil and the environment. We actively engage with members of Congress, federal regulating agencies, and companies to open up the dialogue on the necessary steps towards a more sustainable food landscape. We are committed to educating consumers, like you, around the impacts of GMOs and industrial agriculture and the steps that we can all take to protect and improve our food and the environment.

What To Look For

Look for these seals to ensure that the food you're eating does not contain genetically modified ingredients.



What To Avoid: Genetically Engineered Crops & Ingredients

These are the genetically engineered crops that are currently on the market: corn, soy, alfalfa, canola, cotton, papaya, sugar beets, zucchini and yellow summer squash.

In the U.S., GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food. The following product ingredients are likely to come from genetically engineered crops: Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Dextrose, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sodium Ascorbate, Sodium Citrate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Yeast Products, and many more.

 

Green America's GMO Inside campaign is working to get GMOs and toxins out of our food. We've had a number of recent victories including Campbell’s offering Goldfish and soups with organic ingredients, Hershey removing GMO sugar from its Kisses and chocolate bars, Hellmann’s launching a non-GMO mayo, and Similac introducing three non-GMO baby formulas.



 

Miracle Whipped GMOs

Tell Darden Restaurants to Serve Healthy, Green, and Fair Food
Darden Restaurants—owner of Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, and The Capital Grille—is the #1 casual-dining operator in terms of revenue. Ask Darden to serve greener meals that are better for our health, the planet, and workers!

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Miracle Whipped GMOs

Tell Congress to Reject the TTIP Trade Deal
The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) governing trade between the US and European Union will further the corporate influence over the worldwide food system and increase the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops and pesticides.

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Tell Congress to Reject the TPP

Tell Congress to Reject the TPP
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) governing trade in the Pacific will negatively impact food safety, workers’ rights, and the environment. We must protect ourselves and stand up against corporate interests.

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Miracle Whipped GMOs

Tell Kraft to Remove GMOs from Miracle Whip
Most mayo contains genetically engineered (referred to as GE or GMO) ingredients. These mayos are also frequently made from factory farmed eggs. Tell Kraft to get the GMOs out of, and get humanely produced eggs into, Miracle Whip.

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Tell Sabra Hummus: Stop Mixing in the GMOs
Sabra hummus contains soybean oil and citric acid, both from likely genetically engineered crops. Sabra's parent company, PepsiCo, is one of the largest supporters of the anti-GMO labeling movement, fighting consumer’s right to know.

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Tell Starbucks:
Serve Only Organic, Non-GMO Milk

With more than 20,000 retail locations throughout the world, Starbucks is a company uniquely positioned to trigger major supply-chain shifts when it makes changes to the products in its stores. Plus, Starbucks already serves organic soymilk. Green America's GMO Inside campaign calls on Starbucks to switch to serving all-organic dairy products as well. 
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Tell Dean Foods: We Want Better Butter
Dean Foods claims that their white milk does not contain GMOs, while sourcing their dairy from cows raised on genetically modified feed. It's time to get the GMOs completely out of their supply chain.
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Non-GMO Mayo Hellmann's Offers Non-GMO Mayo Option!

Green America's GMO Inside campaign celebrates another announcement that Hellmann's is releasing a non-GMO mayonnaise dressing made with olive oil. Thanks, Green Americans, for taking action and making this possible.
Victory! Similac Infant Formula Removes GMOs Abbott Offers non-GMO Similac Infant Formula

Green America's GMO Inside campaign celebrates Abbott's announcement that it is removing genetically engineered ingredients from two of its Similac formulas. This victory is thanks to the tens of thousands of Green Americans who've taken action.
Hersheys give a kiss actions Monumental First Step! Give a Kiss to Hershey's!

Hershey's announced that as part of achieving "simpler ingredients" it will be switching to non-GMO sugar, removing artificial flavors (vanillin), and sourcing milk from cows not treated with the growth hormone rBST in its iconic Milk Chocolate Bar and Kisses by the end of 2015. This is a monumental first step from one of the leading chocolate companies and a large purchaser of sugar.
hersheys milk chocolate Hershey's Milk Chocolate and Kisses to Go Non-GMO by the End of 2015

Bowing to pressure from Green America's GMO Inside campaign, Hershey's announced it will switch to non-GMO sugar for its milk chocolate bars and Kisses.
NonGMO Cheerios General Mills Announces That Original Cheerios Are Now Non-GMO

General Mills announced that its "original" Cheerios are now produced without genetically modified ingredients, a year after Green America launched our GMO Inside campaign targeting General Mills to get the GMOs out of Cheerios. The company said it was "able to change how we source and handle ingredients to ensure that the corn starch for original Cheerios comes only from non-GMO corn and our sugar is only non-GMO pure cane sugar."