A conversation with some friends has encouraged me to revisit the topic of consuming genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), which are prevalent in our food supply today.
According to the USDA, corn is the most widely produced feed grain in the United States, with most of the crop providing the main energy ingredient in livestock feed. In a report dated July 2017, the USDA states that domestic Bt corn acreage (GMO’s) grew from approximately 8% in 1997 to 81% in 2015. That means that more than 80% of the corn grown in America is genetically modified corn.
Further, the USDA states that processed soybeans are the world’s largest source of animal protein feed and the second largest source of vegetable oil and that the domestic soybean acres planted with HT seeds (GMO’s) rose from 17 percent in 1997 to 94 percent in 2014. That means that more than 94% of the soy grown in America is genetically modified soy.
So what does that mean for you, does it matter if we and the animals that we are consuming, if you eat meat, are eating genetically modified foods such as these two plants? Let’s take a look…
A non-GMO food is one that has not been genetically modified or had its DNA altered in some way.