Within the last year I have taken my eating, and health to another level. I have become more aware of what I am eating, and through that I have learned many things to avoid. A couple semesters ago I took a Human Nutrition class, many of the topics peaked my interest so I would research topics like GMOs, and through that I have gained knowledge. When I write these articles I am not trying to sway anyone in any certain way I just want to put the knowledge out there that I have learned to help people on a healthy and informed track in life.
What is GMO? "GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.
Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights" (Directly from the nongmoproject.org website)
The issue with GMO is that the foods that contain modified organisms have artificial ingredients, and there are no reported side effects for humans only lab rats. The United States is one of the few leading nations that doesn't have regulation or policies regarding GMOs.
Are GMOs safe?
Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment.
Are GMOs labeled?
Unfortunately, even though polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs, the powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from the public. In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve. (Resource- nongmoproject.org)
Many US consumers say that they would like to know whether the foods they are consuming have Genetically Modified Organisms. The majority of laws on the ballot in the US regarding GMO, are merely requesting that companies have to label whether they have GMOs in their food. The main objections are that it will "cost too much money", but the organisms that make up GMOs are made in a lab, and the food producers, you would hope, know whether their ingredients have GMO in them. It should not have to be a costly expense for the companies.
If you want to avoid GMOs but are on a budget, the majority of Whole Foods 365 brands are a cheaper alternatives to everyday food needs, such as oatmeal, mustard, pizzas, etc. and they label whether those products are certified non GMO. This will be the label you should see if a food is non-GMO.
If you would like a different take on the issue watch this Colbert Report video:
Hopefully I can help you take one step closer to ultimate health,