I've read pro-GMO sites including Monsanto's website & the GMO-compass website. They speak very generally & positively about there being no dangers (but nothing's guaranteed, as they state) associated with GMO's. They portray a picture that they're basically going to save the world, because they have control over Mother Nature which isn't living up to what it should. (I sit here shaking my head & sighing nearly out loud, because there's so much I could say about that, I wouldn't even know where to start. And yet as much as I have to say, it leaves me speechless.)
I've found in my research that there are many more documented studies/scientific evidence on awareness websites/books/documentaries about the dangers of GMO's - than there are studies/scientific evidence on ANY of the 'pro' sites I've seen proving that they are safe! Yet the happy go-lucky "let's defend ourselves" wording they use deceives those who just don't 'get it' or who won't think for themselves... into believing they're the best invention that ever existed. It's so sad.
Did you know that if you read the words "natural flavors" in the ingredients list (which are in nearly all packaged foods at the grocery store) - there is a good possibility you're consuming genetically modified organisms? Natural flavors are in almost everything! Did you know that GMO's are in more than 80% of grocery store foods? Did you know that GMO's are in many personal care products? (ie: bath & body) AND did you know that GMO's are in pharmaceutical drugs & vaccines?
Yeah... I was pretty disappointed when I started finding all this out. They. Are. Everywhere.
The agbiosafety website actually has the following statement...
The potential risks associated with plant-based pharmaceuticals include: pollen transfer to related species, contamination of non-transgenic crops intended for the consumption by humans, allergic reactions to the drugs produced from the genetically engineered plant, and persistence of genetically engineered material to persist in the environment and accumulate in non-target organisms (Daniell et al. 2001).
(Shaking head again. I do that a lot these days.)
As far as personal care products go, did you know that as of Jan. 2013, there is only ONE company to have its entire line of products achieve Non-GMO Project verification??? ONLY ONE!!! I've never used them, so I can't currently vouch for their quality, but if you'd like to check them out, it is Andalou Naturals. There may be others out there, but they have yet to be verified. But then, it's a little like organic certification. It's expensive. Not all 100% organic companies opt to label because of this, which may also be the case with non-gmo companies. So if you're concerned - ask questions. Call the company, email them, check ingredients, etc.
If you'd like to read more on GMO's as well as the gmo/pharmaceutical issue, here are a couple of articles to help you understand more...
Since making our whole foods / natural products transition over the past few years, we're reading less & less labels, because we don't buy very many things with labels. But it's still important to check. You CAN get non-gmo versions of some of these ingredients. Look for versions that are specifically labeled non-gmo (more & more companies are doing this!)... Or look for organic versions. Currently, it is against the law for certified organic companies to use GMO products. NOW... A word on that. IF a package says "organic", it's possible for only 70% of the ingredients in the product to be organic. So make sure you turn the package over & read the list. Each ingredient should say 'organic' OR have an *asterisk* beside it leading you down to the note at the bottom that says "organic".
((I know. They make it so complicated)) :o|
HERE'S THE LIST: You might want to sit down first.....
Aspartame (also called AminoSweet®, NutraSweet®, Equal Spoonful®, Canderel®, BeneVia®, E951)
canola oil (rapeseed oil)
cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
fructose (any form)
high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
hydrolyzed vegetable protein
modified food starch
mono and diglycerides
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
soy protein isolate
sugar (unless specified as cane sugar)
textured vegetable protein
tocopherols (vitamin E)
There are short cuts that help a little. HERE at the Non-GMO Project & HERE at the Non-GMO Shopping Guide - you can find lists of brands/products that do not contain GMO's.