GMOs are a hot topic in our home. The amount of items in our grocery store right now not properly labeled scares us and we're not afraid to say it.
Next month we'll be voting on Prop 37 and deciding whether or not foods containing GMOs will be properly labeled as such. Now maybe I should back up.
What is a GMO?
Now I was a bit surprised to hear that some people didn't know what GMOs were as I was sitting at a Community Garden meeting earlier this year but the truth is, people don't know! GMOs are genetically modified organisms. Basically, they're created by scientists in labs versus in nature the "natural" way. And genetically modified crops can be devistating when planted next to non-GMO crops. There's no way of preventing cross pollination between GMO crops and non-GMO crops. Scary, huh?
Why Is This So Scary?
For those who are not familiar with GMOs, you must check out Your Right To Know. Not only will you learn about GMOs, but you'll also learn exactly what our government is, and is not, doing to regulate genetically engineered foods.
From the book's description:
More than half of America's processed grocery products- from corn flakes to granola bars to diet drinks- contain genetically altered ingredients. They are unlabeled, untested and we are eating it. Your Right to Know is a complete, full-color reference guide outlining how unmarked genetically modified foods get on to the family dining table and what consumers can do about it.
This definitive and accessible guide is for concerned parents, as well as the entire consumer population, who want to know more about the potential health risks, the organic options and shopping choices, and the knowledge and methods available to counter the corporate takeover of the food we eat.
This book not only takes the reader through the ins and outs of GMOs, it also discusses where GMOs can be found. It allows us to take charge and realize what to look for. By breaking down sections of the grocery store the book outlines great choices for non-GMO foods.
What I absolutely loved about this book was the fact that I not only received the information I wanted, I also received resources. It wasn't full of opinion but the opportunity to learn and educate myself on the subject matter. Going into this election and knowing that I have a better understanding of GMOs makes me feel as if my vote will be based on research versus an opinion.
To find out more about GMOs and how you can educate yourself, check out Your Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food on sale now. And for more amazing titles, take a look at Madala Earth Books on Facebook and follow them on Twitter at @MandalaEarth.
The hardcover version of "Your Right to Know" includes a copy of the documentary (DVD) "The Future of Food" and is also on sale for 37% off right now to help promote CA's Prop 37 through the election.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Your Right To Know for review purposes only. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.