gmoSaturday evening I went to a fun event sponsored by the Slow Food Group which promotes local, organic food cooked slowly and eaten joyfully.

At the event, I met many organic farmers who are desperately concerned about GMOs. They realize that this practice may forever ruin our food supply.

So what are GMOs?

A genetically engineered food (GE or GMO) is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a lab by genes from other plants, animals, viruses or bacteria in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature.

Many countries have banned GMOs but nearly every country that has allowed them requires that they be labeled. The U.S. does not. Many states are attempting to allow labeling but are being fought by the big guns of Monsanto and the processed food manufacturers. Freedom of speech anyone?

Personally, after reading the current research, I am avoiding GMO’s. But we can’t avoid what we can’t see. Hopefully Ohio will join the group of other states requiring labels on GMOs.

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