What Are GMOs?
Modern farming techniques including the use of pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals have harmed the beneficial bacteria and weakened the nutrients available in the dirt that all plants thrive off of.
For the last 40 years, a well-known chemical company began producing and selling to farmers the herbicide, glyphosate.
This has, over a period of time, harmed the seeds and the soil that we need that is crucial for the continuation of farming, therefore, human survival.
“The currently catastrophic, but largely unrecognized…damage from GMO crops and industrial food production and distribution must be reversed.” – OrganicConsumers.org
The company that produces and the companies that support GMOs have been telling the public and farmers that GMOs would make agriculture more sustainable, provide higher yields to feed the world’s growing population, reduce pesticide use, help meet the challenges of climate change, provide more nutritious foods and make farming easier and more profitable.
According to many scientists and the Non-GMO Project Organization, these claims are highly questionable.
What are GMOs?
A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism which has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
Are GMOs labeled on the products we eat?
GMOs are not currently labeled in the United States but many other countries including those in the European Union require GMO labeling.
Why are GMOs used?
GMOs were created to improve crops through genetic engineering or biotechnology. The belief is that they allow for more desirable traits in plants. They are also used as an herbicide i.e. to control weeds.
Are GMOs safe?
The safety of GMOs is unknown. There isn’t any long-term evidence or research that states clearly if they are safe, however, many farmers, scientists and holistic nutritionists advise strongly to avoid GMOs as much as possible.
Some more recent research shows that GMOs increase your cancer risk by 41%. GMOs are also believed to cause many digestive issues or food intolerance such as celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
To Eat Or Not To Eat
The most common foods which have been tested for high levels of GMOs include:
Livestock (Which results in GMOs in eggs, dairy, meat and seafood)
Sucrose, sugar beets and molasses
Various other plant foods including squash, apples and alfalfa (Click HERE for more information)
While the above foods are normally not harmful in their organic state, when they are genetically modified, there is a cause for concern.
What Can We Do?
Like I always tell family and friends, look for the Non GMO label on all food that you purchase including packaged produce, cereal, pasta, dairy products and more.
When you purchase produce at your farmer’s market, ask your friendly farmer if they use pesticides and herbicides in their farming methods. You have the right to know.
Get involved in peaceful projects such as the Non GMO Project Organization which helps keep us up-to-date on GMO crops.