Why You Should Avoid GMO’s

I’ve always believed that buying certified organic foods was the best way to make sure that my food was free from any unnatural, strange, mutated substances. Some recent clams have made me curious about the truth behind genetically modified ingredients (aka GMO’s).  Call me crazy, but I don’t enjoy the thought of eating things that were created in a lab to increase profitability of the food industry; it makes me feel like an unwilling human science experiment. Here’s my take on the issue:

 

What is a GMO?

Organisms that have been modified from their original state (their DNA has been altered) by adding genes belonging to other living things…even animals.

 

Why are GMO’s created in the first place?

Typically, to make plants more pest, disease and herbicide resistant. Sometimes they are also used to make a plant drought or cold resistant, to create shorter growth periods, or to add nutrients, as well as for other increasingly diverse functions.

Corn and soy are two of the major GMO sources in our food supply, and when you start to realize how much of our food actually contains a derivative of these two products, you will be shocked. Take corn syrup, for example, which is typically a byproduct of GMO’s; it’s found in everything from soda to ketchup to bread and cereal!

 

Why avoid GMO’s?

To start with, here’s a great link:

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/10-Reasons-to-Avoid-GMOs

There are people (ok, mostly industries who benefit from their use) that say that GMO’s are safe.  There are, however, many countries outside of the U.S. that have banned the use of GMO’s because they consider them unsafe.

In my opinion, since the effects of GMO’s on humans (or our planet) have not been properly evaluated, I’d rather avoid them. As always, I encourage you to also do your own research on the subject.

 

How to avoid GMO’s

As most of us already know, processed foods aren’t the best for our health, and this is also where you will find the majority of GMO’s hiding.

I’ve found that the best way to MAKE SURE that your food does not contain GMO’s is to look for the “NON GMO Project Verified” symbol.  Their website http://www.nongmoproject.org/ has an actual list of products that have been shown to be free from genetically modified ingredients, and I would highly recommend browsing the information that they have to offer.

In case you were wondering, my personal favorite Non-GMO Project verified product is Garden of Eatin’ Red Hot Blues Tortilla Chips. Seriously, these are the best tortilla chips that I’ve ever had out of a bag.

 

In conclusion

The best thing about not buying products with GMO’s is that you are “speaking with your wallet.” If enough people stop buying these products, the companies that use them will be forced to take the GMO’s out of the products (or at least have to label them accordingly.)  Of course, this is my opinion, and I’m not anti-corporations or anything of the sort, but I feel that consumers have the right to make informed decisions about what they are purchasing and what goes into their bodies.

 

If you are weirded out like me about being a human science experiment: Just say “NO!” to GMO’s!

 

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