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America’s Immune Response to GMOs

In his excellent book Blessed Unrest noted author and entrepreneur Paul Hawken describes the millions of groups worldwide—“ranging from neighborhood organizations to well-funded international organizations”—working to protect the environment and fighting for social justice and human rights.

Non-GMO is Fastest Growing Natural Food Category

With increasing consumer concerns over genetically modified foods, sales of Non-GMO Project Verified products are growing—fast. According to natural food market research firm SPINS, Non-GMO Project verified product sales grew 27% over the past year, making it the fastest growing segment in the natural and organic food industry. In addition, Non-GMO verified product sales totaled $450 million in 2010.

Most “Natural” Cereals Likely to Contain GMOs

Does “natural” mean non-GMO? Not likely. Many breakfast cereals labeled natural are likely to contain ingredients from genetically modified corn, soy, canola, and sugar beets. This was a key finding from a survey of natural cereal manufacturers conducted by The Organic & Non-GMO Report. Several natural cereal manufacturers admitted that their products may contain GM ingredients, one manufacturer refused to comment, and three are putting their products through a non-GMO verification program to avoid the use of GMOs.

USDA Favors Monsanto over Organic Industry, Consumers

In one week, the US Department of Agriculture clearly demonstrated that it favors the bottom line of one biotechnology company, Monsanto, while putting the organic food industry at-risk and ignoring more than 400,000 people who expressed concerns about genetically engineered (GE) foods.