Did you know that October is non-GMO month? I am sure you have all heard of the term GMO, but just in case, let’s dig a little deeper.
GMO stands for genetically modified organism. Basically, a GMO is created in a laboratory where the gene of one species is inserted into another to create a desired characteristic. According to the Institute for Responsible Technology, scientists can even breech barriers set up by nature (like taking fish genes to create tomatoes or taking cow genes to turn pigskins into cowhides). I don’t know about you, but I prefer food as close to the way nature intended it as possible.
Many individuals preach to go non-GMO, while others have no issue with it. Whether you fall on one side of the coin or the other, I think everyone can agree that the choice should be up to each individual. Currently, food manufacturers are not required to label whether a product contains a GMO or not. There is, however, a non-profit organization whose main goal is to provide clearly labeled non-GMO products. This non-profit organization is called the Non-GMO Project. Food products with the Non-GMO Project Verified seal have gone through this non-profit organization’s verification process. This does not mean that every single food without the use of GMOs will have this seal, but most do as the verification process is becoming more popular.
According to the Non-GMO Project, most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In fact, some nations (like Australia for example) put significant restrictions or even ban the sale of GMOs. Why isn’t the United States following suit? Well, that is up for debate, but many say that it is because GMOS have been deemed safe by studies backed by the very companies using GMOs for profit.
In honor of non-GMO month, educate yourself on the use of GMOs. Make an educated decision on whether or not you want to support these practices with your money. I always like to say that we vote with our dollar. Spend that dollar wisely.
About Brianna Peterson, MS, RD, LD
Bri is a Registered Dietitian and a Wellness Coordinator for a Dallas-based company. She also hosts a wellness blog, Simple Delights, where she strives to provide simple and effective wellness tips and inspiration. Bri is a true believer that being healthy should not be full of complicated to do's and should actually add delight to your life! Follow Bri: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.