Honestly, I never thought that much about GMOs until my husband recently started reading the research behind what GMOs are and how harmful they can be to our health. It saddens me that our government allows these kind of products in our grocery stores without mandatory labeling thus leaving consumers unaware of the risks they are taking when purchasing products that they believe to be healthy.
My focus this year is to rid my cabinets of any products that contain GMOs and to buy mostly organic food products to feed my family. This is a transition that will take some time, but I am confident that by next year this time I will have fully made the switch to all organic, non-gmo foods in my home. The biggest hurdle I will have with completing eliminating GMOs is eating out at restaurants. Most restaurants do not offer the option of a completely organic menu or non-gmo food items. I will do my best to seek out food places that do offer these items, but until there is mandatory labeling of GMOs you can pretty much guarantee if you eat out you are eating GMOs, unless it is a completely organic business.
- What are GMOs exactly? GMOs AKA genetically modified organisms are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. Basically, scientists create combinations of genes that do not occur in nature. Almost all of the commercial GMOs that are injected into our food are engineered to help the plants to withstand direct applications of large amounts of herbicides/pesticides (like Roundup), meaning farmers can spray the crops they are growing with an enormous amount of herbicides/pesticides without killing them.
- Are GMOs safe? Most developed nations do not consider GMOs safe, many have significant restrictions or outright bans on the productions and sale of GMOs in their food. Unfortunately, in the U.S., the government has approved the use and sale of these products based on studies that were conducted by the companies that have created them, despite the growing evidence that these products are dangerous.
- How common are GMOs in the U.S.? GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food. Click here for a current list of GMO risk crops.
- How can I avoid GMOs? In order to make sure you are buying products that are safe for you and your family and GMO free you need to choose products that are certified organic and/or Non-GMO Project Verified.
You will read conflicting information on GMOs, some even saying that they cause no harm at all, but I implore you to really read the research and you will see that the evidence shows that GMOs are bad for our health. I mean how can it be healthy to inject sugar beets with roundup???
The first products made from GMOs hit the market in 1994. Twenty years later I believe we are starting to see the effects of these products. Over the last 10 years there has been big increase in allergies to foods. Growing up I can barely remember anybody being allergic to any foods other than the occasional peanut allergy and now if there is a class that my daughter is in that someone doesn’t have an allergy to nuts, wheat, or dairy I am utterly shocked. Coincidence?? I think not. Maybe all these genetic modifications are the cause. Autism is also on the rise, could it be GMOs??? Only time and studies will tell. The article, What Are GMOs?, on Naturally Savvy gives you a good idea of the complications that can potentially be caused by ingesting GMOs.
If you want to learn more about GMOs and and get some free samples in the process check out Naturally Savvy’s challenge page.
Here are some other interesting articles published by my fellow bloggers that reference GMOs:
- Laura from Sprint 2 the Table posted about GMO’s here: http://www.sprint2thetable.com/2013/08/turkey-ricotta-pasta-bake/
- Fun and Fit posted about their ShiftCon Experience here: http://funandfit.org/shiftcon-make-a-shift-toward-better-health/
- Why Eating Organic Won’t Break the Bank by Amber from Exsoycise
- Heather from Run, Eat, Play wrote about GMOs here: http://runeatplayblog.com/2013/04/17/genetically-modifed-organisms-in-our-food/
What is your opinion on GMOs? Do you avoid them?