What Is GMO?
GMOs are created through transgenic engineering, completely unlike traditional breeding. GMOs are made by forcing genes from one species into the DNA of an unrelated species in order to introduce a new trait. This can not occur in the natural world and only in a science lab. GM food may contain substances that have never been part of the food chain. An example would be inserting a bacterial gene toxic to insects into corn plant so that corn worms die when they attempt to eat the corn.
GM= Genetically Modified
GMO= Genetically Modified Organism
GE= Genetic Engineering
Simply put, it's foods and products that are made with techniques that alter the molecular or cell biology of an organism by means that are not possible under natural conditions and processes or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
Many GM crops in Australia are approved for commercial use based on safety studies conducted by the same companies who developed the GM organisms. In many other countries around the world, GM foods are restricted and even banned as they are not considered to be safe. See more here: GMO-Free Regions
Known GMOs currently on the market are corn, soy, canola, sugar beet, cotton, alfalfa, Hawaiian Rainbow papaya, yellow crookneck squash, zucchini, and derivatives of those crops including cottonseed oil. Aspartame is also a GMO. Did you know that GMO ingredients are used in as much as 80% all processed foods in America?
It's important to realise that you're not only getting GMO's via processed, non-organic food products. You're also getting them from your meat and animal food products like eggs and milk. This is because a majority of the GE corn and soy go into feed for animals raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs)—factory farm settings where animals are kept in shocking and extremely cruel conditions and fed this completely unnatural diet (cows, for example, typically only eat grass). They're also routinely fed various drugs and injected with hormones to make them grow bigger, faster, produce more Volume and those that survive the whole disturbing, unatural ordeal including all the bad reactions (eg. puss in the milk) make up the products we end up eating!
Furthermore as consumers we just don't know what GM is going to present in our bodies in the future.
GMO's have been developed for some important reasons such as producing higher yields, bug resistance etc. but this is also upsetting ecosystems and just like with Physics (Newton's Third Law); "for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction", which may not be something that is desired!
GE is still a relatively new science and though the debates continue, experts agree that there is no consensus on the safety of GMOs.