I watched a fascinating documentary last night called GMO OMG (http://www.gmofilm.com/), or, “Genetically Modified Foods Oh My God”. Whether or not you have ever heard of GMO's you've certainly been eating them, and lots of them. They have literally taken over the food supply of our country without our permission. Conventional farmers claim that GMO's are good because they are "feeding the world" but long-term they actually net smaller or comparable yields (not more), create “super” bugs and weeds resistant to popular pesticides and herbicides like RoundUp, and are slowing poisoning everyone who eats this “food” with the toxic chemicals sprayed on the crops.
A few scary GMO facts:
1) GMO's are generally not considered safe and are banned or highly regulated by more then 60 developed nations worldwide.
2) The US government used short-term (3 month) tests conducted by those that profit from GMO sales to determine if they are safe or not, nowhere near long enough to viably determine the effects of GMOs on long-term detrimental health consequences.
3) Upwards of 80% of our food supply contains GMO's.
4) Even though most Americans want GMO's to be labeled, the biotech companies creating GMO's have invested exorbitant amounts of money lobbying against this to make sure GMO labeling does not happen.
5) Biotech companies have been able to obtain patents on their GMO seeds and have track records of suing independent farmers whose seed has been contaminated by the GMO seed through natural drift from nearby fields. The companies are suing them for something they did not want and have no control of, putting them out of business!
It's hard to feel powerful in the face of giant companies like Monsanto, but you have to remember that you have a vote. Every single item you purchase is one vote for or against conventional farming. The more we demand Non-GMO, organic food, the more leverage we have against these dangerous and frightening practices.
What you can do:
1) Shop at your local farmers market. There you can talk to your the farmers and ask them personally about their farming practices.
2) Look for the label's Organic and NON-GMO. Check out this list on non-GMO verified products here: http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/
3) Be aware of the restaurant foods you are eating. Talk to your favorite restaurants about going organic/non-GMO. Even if they don't make the switch right away, they will have the idea on their radar for the future.