Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed there has been quite a conniption over the “GMO vs Non-GMO” battle. If you’re like many Americans, you’re probably asking yourself: what is a GMO? And WHY do I care if it’s in my food? Well stay put, dear friend, we’ll dive into this cornucopia of information together
So… what does GMO mean?
First off, GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism.
“GMO: A genetically modified organism is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.”
Here’s another definition:
“GMOs are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding”
Red flag words: “splicing”, “experimental”, “unstable”
SPLICING?! You’re doing what to my food? I don’t know about you, but the above words should NOT have anything to do with food. Isn’t food supposed to be stable? What does unstable mean? Will it spontaneously combust while I’m making dinner? What happens if my corn on the cob goes rogue!?
Problem One: Unhealthy Consequences.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) cites that in animal studies, GMOs show organ damage, gastrointestinal problems, growth of tumors, immune system disorders, accelerated aging (uh, no thanks) and infertility. (So.. uh.. Do any of those things sound like fun to you?) These are just a few of the potential side effects from GMOs and so far, they’re heavy hitters. In human studies, GM foods have been shown to leave material behind. This hinders our knowledge of how long effects can happen having eaten the contaminated crossbreed. In the last 20 years (how long GMOs have been circulating in our food system), food allergies have grown immensely, as well as Autism. Some have linked these two and many other problems with our health specifically to the widespread of GM foods.
Okay, so maybe you don’t mind being a ginnea pig and you’ll risk the crazy deformities and consequences. That brings us to problem two…
Problem Two: “GMOs 4 EVER”
Once GM foods cross pollinate with organically grown foods, they are forever contaminated. Now, cross pollination is totally normal, guys. However, when GM foods cross pollinate, it is ever lasting, ruining any organically grown foods that are in its way. It will become impossible to track the havoc it could wreck on our entire food supply. If it converts our entire food supply into GM foods, who knows what kind of health problems we’ll be having! (A third arm, anyone?) We will be entering into a blind marriage with GMOs, agreeing to “til death do us part”… which may be happening quicker than we anticipated. There is no erasing this mark.
Problem Three: Herbicide
GM plants are made to tolerate disease and most herbicides. Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” seeds can tolerate herbicide. It was developed to perfect sustainable agriculture and environmental protection. This sounds noble, but actually it causes a lot of problems. Herbicide is used to help farmers get rid of weeds, with plants that tolerate herbicide, it is actually creating “Super Weeds”. In other words, weeds that won’t die! Most chemicals in herbicide are toxic.
Studies found that chemicals in pesticide exposure during pregnancy link to autism.
While some are not toxic for us, for other “test subjects” (!?) they are. (Can’t we just call them animals? Why do they have to be “test subjects”? …sad face…) Herbicide may also be linked to the disappearance of butterflies and bees! The chemicals are not good for anybody!
These are just a couple of the heavy hitters as far as GMOs go. Want more information? The Non-GMO Project has ALL the information that you need in answering questions about GM foods.
The best way to avoid GM foods is to look for the Non-GMO Project Verified seal on foods and products. We are happy to announce that our ENTIRE LINE of BioTerra Herbs herbal supplements have that much sought after seal and we are GMO free! (BOOM!) We love that The Non-GMO Project is gaining so much publicity and more companies are doing what they can to source GMO free ingredients. Whether you are for or against GM foods and their regulation, we ALL have the right to KNOW what is in our foods. By labeling GMOs, we are giving ourselves the power to purchase what we want our families to consume. I don’t know about you, but giant biotech companies are NOT going to rule my kitchen table. That’s my job!
The New York Times took a poll of Americans and found that 3 out of 4 Americans are worried about the health risks that GMOs bring.
There have been many debates for both sides of the GM foods debate. Many companies argue that it can help cure famine in our world by producing a better yield of crop, but haven’t we ALWAYS been told that we want QUALITY over QUANTITY? That’s what Grandma always told us… What is the point of having MORE of a crop if it is crap and distorted?
Here in America, we are doing our best to LABEL these potentially rogue frankenfruits, yet GMOs have already been banned in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, France, Madeira, Switzerland, India and Thailand!
What matters, especially when talking about our food supply …the very thing that keeps us alive, the most important part of life on Earth… is quality and sustainability. Until they can prove that GM foods are 100% safe for animals, humans and our environment, we’re not buying it. So we’re putting our money where our mouth is and buying Non-GMO Project Verified products. We would never make a product that we wouldn’t take ourselves, so here at BioTerra Herbs Non-GMO is the way to go.
Find all our products on The Non-GMO Project website, here!