The issue of genetically modified foods and their health and environmental hazards has captured the attention of millions of people around the world, and many of them are reluctant to “Buy American” when it comes to food because of it.

Genetically modified foods were recently linked to cancer in lab rats, and have been linked to sterility, organ damage, and many other health defects over the past few years. With so many GMOs in the American food supply, it might be time to start giving preference to foods from other countries whenever possible, according to a recent article from the popular alternative health website

Studies have been conducted on these American food ingredients and crops despite the major corporations that created them in their labs not too keen about giving them out to independent researchers, limiting the scope of what science can be conducted.

Even so, the latest results are more than enough to give great pause to people who’ve been paying attention. The latest study mentioned earlier was conducted in France and has led to a possible Europe wide ban on GM crops, a region that still doesn’t support them and only has their small current stockpile because of backdoor political deals.

Meanwhile, in America, GMO crops are still grown in massive amounts on major crops such as corn and soy, and more and more countries are showing caution in importing them. Russia is the latest of those nations.

Buy American on Food? It May Not Be Wise 

While Americans would do well to support their home country’s industries in areas such as automobiles and appliances if applicable, buying GMO food is simply not smart or ethical.

To do so is to support corporate control of the entire seed supply, as top GMO company Monsanto has pledged to pursue. The company claims to support farmers yet it has even sued organic farmers whose crops have been crossed contaminated by GMOs, and in Indian farmers have committed suicides in the tens of thousands because of the economic slavery that has resulted, and crop failures, from Monsanto GMO cotton.

In America, avoiding GMO food has now become virtually impossible at times, as 70-80 of foods on store shelves contain at least one GMO ingredient according to many estimates and some companies even lie about their products being “natural” when they actually contain GMOs.

Americans deserve better than GMO crops. They deserve a return to natural organics, which are proven to be what is needed to feed the world according to a recent UN report. It is for those reasons that Americans should buy either organic or food from other countries if possible to avoid GMOs as much as they can, and to continue to write American food companies to let them know a change is needed.

Nicholas Tomasi is an AP-Award winning sports journalist and author turned health researcher. He currently runs AltHealthWORKS, a website dedicated to alternative medicine, organic food and the GMO-free movement.