GMOs

What is a Genetically Modified Organism?

“GMO” stands for “genetically modified organism.” The GMO is a result of the practice of genetic engineering, most commonly but not exclusively, Recombinant DNA (RDNA) technology. Simply put, this technology involves isolating DNA (genetic material) from one organism (an animal, plant, virus, or bacteria), and inserting it into the DNA of another organism.

Unlike conventional crossbreeding or hybridization, genetic engineering enables the direct transfer of genes between different species or kingdoms that would never breed in nature.

Almost all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. None of the GMO traits currently commercially available offer drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Health and Environmental Impacts

There is no scientific consensus on the safety of genetically modified foods and crops. To the contrary a growing body of scientific evidence confirms the urgent need for independent long-term testing of GMOs. Here are 10 good reasons why we don’t need them.

10 Reasons We Don't Need GM Foods

By Claire Robinson, MPhil, Michael Antoniou, PhD, and John Fagan, PhD

1. GM crops do not increase yield potential

2. GM crops increase pesticide use

3. GM crops have created 'superweeds'

4. GM crops have toxic or allergenic effects on laboratory animals

5. GM and non-GM crops cannot 'coexist'

6. GM is not needed for good nutrition

7. There are better ways to feed the world

8. Conventional breeding is better than GM at producing crops with useful traits

9. GM is an imprecise technology that will continue to deliver unpleasant surprises

10. GM crops are not about feeding the world but about patented ownership of the food supply

GMO Inquiry

After 20 years of GMOs in our environment and marketplace the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network launched a public enquiry to examine the many unanswered questions and unaddressed issues of this technology. Explore this groundbreaking Canadian research below. For full reports go to cban.ca

Two decades of Advocacy and Action!

The Big Carrot’s fight against GMOs in our food system started in 1998, inspired by none other than David Suzuki. The environmental leader was attending a Big Carrot community health event. He enquired about our motto “Searching For Nature’s Finest” and asked, "was it really true?" Little did he know that he would inspire an almost two decade (and counting) commitment to the non-GMO movement.

Here is a photo of former Big Carrot nutritionist Julie Daniluk back in 1999 in a FlavrSavr tomato costume hand sewn by her Mom. Thankfully, the FlavrSavr tomato was short-lived and is no longer on the market.

 

 

Starting that summer of ’98, staff volunteered to review all of our packaged, “centre aisle”, grocery items for GMO ingredients and made some tough decisions, eliminating many favourite products and brands.

Those first forays into GMO avoidance led to collaborative work with other natural food stores in California doing similar things. What was needed was a reliable method to review products and a comprehensive standard to establish non-GMO status. This is one thread in the history of the Non-GMO Project ~ retailers trying to provide shoppers the information they seek.  We are proud to be one of the founding members of this transformative organization.

We continue to work hard to avoid GMOs by reviewing all new products in the store, prioritizing certified organic & Non-GMO Project Verified products as well as working closely with Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) and the Non-GMO Project.


Learn more about our friends at CBAN

The Non-GMO Project

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