Are you eating GMOs?
Not if you buy organic or look for the Non-GMO Project Verified label, which you will find on all of Mac-n-Mo’s Treats & Mixes. MORSELICIOUS Thanks to guest contributor, Debra Atlas for today’s post.
There are plenty of headlines about GMO labeling and the mega-money being thrown against it by giant food manufacturers. For consumers, the information is often misleading and confusing.
The terms GMO – genetically modified organisms – and GE – genetically engineered food – are often used interchangeably. These foods have been altered by adding a type of gene (or organism) that belongs to some other plant or animal. It changes the plant’s structure. Studies are now showing that these are producing some pretty nasty effects on our bodies. For example, they’re seeing an extraordinary rise in cases and severity of asthma and allergies. To learn more about these and other effects of eating GMO’s, check out the film Genetic Roulette .
Okay, you say. You’ll just avoid GE food and skip the problems. Easier said than done.
The eggs you eat – and anything made with factory farm eggs – come from chickens that are very likely fed GMO corn. At least 85 percent of corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. Also, 91% of soybeans are genetically modified – think of all the products that contain soybeans and soybean oil! And 88% of cotton produced in the United States is GE.
These aren’t the only crops that are genetically engineered. Canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya and some summer squash are on this list. And we consumers have no idea that we’re eating them.
So how can you know what’s in your food and whether you can trust it? The answer is an evolving one, with some real hope and light at the end of what’s been a very dark secretive tunnel.
The label with the Non-GMO Project was North America’s first independent non-GMO verification. It’s been around for over 5 years and a growing number of food products of every type are being certified every day. It’s one way you can feel confident about the quality of the food you buy for your family.
Another option is to frequent organic farmers markets. The farmers adhere to strict guidelines in order to be a vendor there, something regular farmers markets don’t necessarily do. The produce you buy at organic farmers markets isn’t sprayed with pesticides, something you don’t want you or your kids to eat. And it’s fun talking with these growers. You just might get some terrific tips for your next garden!
Another thought is to help push for genetic labeling, a growing movement around the country. A few states have already passed mandatory labeling while many more are considering it. The Grocery Manufacturers Association is waging an all-out financial and media war to try to stop the growing wave but as more consumers become educated about the realities of GMO’s, hopefully the trend will end up as a successful national movement. Each person’s voice counts to get this done. To learn more, check out the Just Label It campaign .
It’s more important than ever to be an informed consumer. Where GMO’s are concerned, what you don’t know can hurt you. Find out, then decide which way you want to go with what foods you buy. The choice is, as always, up to you.