Celebrate Earth Day By Going Organic And Non-GMO
What is Earth Day?
Each year on April 22nd people of every nation have the awesome opportunity to come together in support of environmental protection. Earth Day is the largest secular event recognized worldwide. It fuels the movement to build a healthy, sustainable environment.
Earth Day is centered on protecting the wonderful world we live in for future generations. Earth Day activities include service projects, rallies, and conferences. Although the Earth Day Network heavily promotes environmental initiatives such as clean air and clean water, the scope of this stellar holiday has broadened to include issues that affect our health.
When asked how someone can make a difference on Earth Day, Kate Williams (CEO of one of the world’s largest environmental networks) said- “Read your labels, and require transparency from your favorite brands.” So this year in honor of Earth Day, we’d like to share about the importance of shopping for organic and non-GMO labeled products.
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What is GMO?
First let’s tackle the question, “What does GMO mean?” GMO stands for “genetically modified organism.” A GMO is created in a lab, as opposed to an organism that occurs naturally. The process of creating a GMO involves extracting the genes from one species (of a plant or animal) and artificially inserting those genes into another plant or animal.
In other words, a GMO’s genetic material has been manipulated by the Genetic Modification process, also known as Genetic Engineering. This process is typically an attempt to insert a desired characteristic of one species into another.
One example of a genetically engineered trait can be found in pesticide-producing crops. These crops of plants produce their own internal pesticide. Although this may sound like a good and helpful idea, there are many health concerns that come with the use of GMOs.
Studies show that animals who have been given feed containing GMOs have eventually suffered from tumors, damaged immune systems, smaller brains, livers, birth defects, reproductive problems, and infertility.
In addition, the internal pesticides of genetically engineered crops are likely the cause of death for many insects, like honey bees. Despite the many harmful effects of GMOs, genetically modified ingredients have found their way into about 90% of all supermarket products.
Lucky for us, there are several things we can do to fight GMOs. The first is understanding GMO labeling. In the United States, food companies are not currently required to let consumers know if their products contain GMOs.
However the NON-GMO Project is working to combat that problem. The NON-GMO Project is a rad organization that seeks to educate consumers and provide them with foods that have been verified as non-GMO. When grocery shopping for food that is truly all-natural and not genetically modified, you should look for the NON-GMO Project label.
Another option is to make the switch to organic only. USDA organic standards prohibit the use of any genetically modified ingredients. This means that if an item in the store has the “USDA Certified Organic” label on it, you can be sure that food item is free of GMOs.
BioTerra Herbs is one of thousands of companies that have been implementing non-GMO standards. All of our organic supplements have been certified to display the NON-GMO Project label. With these products, you never have to worry about the harmful effects of GMOs.
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We hope you enjoy Earth Day this year and every year. May you make wise choices that support our environment and are beneficial to your health. In making healthy decisions about the food we eat, we’re not only protecting our own bodies, but the future of mankind. Do you have any yummy non-GMO snacks to suggest? Let us know in the comments section!