What are GMO's?

What's a GMO you ask? GMO stands for genetically modified organism. They are also referred to as GEs or genetically engineered foods. Genes are artificially inserted into the DNA of food crops to create a crop that grows faster, stronger, or is resistant to certain chemicals. GMOs can be  engineered from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. There's much debate about the safety of eating GMO crops. In the US, GMO food is not required to be labeled. If you live in Europe, many countries ban all GMO crops. Others allow some, but require labeling. There are concerns about the nutritional value, the long-term effects on the body, cross-pollination of non-GMO foods and more. I prefer to err on the side of caution. I always feel that God's version is the best. Man likes to tinker with things, but it often has unintended consequences.


Now, here are some ways to avoid GMO's:


1. Buy organic. Certified organic foods cannot contain any GMOs. Look for the label, "organic" or "100% organic," as these must be entirely organic. However, if a processed food says, "made with organic ingredients" it only requires 70% of the ingredients to be organic, so it might contain GMOs.

2. Buy products labeled "Non-GMO." The Non-GMO Project Seal indicates third party verification that all ingredients are non-GMO. Some products are only specifying that one of the ingredients is non-GMO. Read carefully.

3. Avoid eating the big four. The most common and pervasive crops that are genetically modified, are corn, soybeans, canola (also called rapeseed) and cottonseed. Recently, GM sugar beets have also hit the markets. Eight-five percent of these crops today in the US are GMO.


For a more complete list of foods and brands to choose and avoid, here's a link to a pdf you can print out:

http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/SG-printDec2010.pdf


For more information about GMO’s, check out The Institute for Responsible Technology.


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