GMO versus Organic Foods
GMO foods are foods that have been changed genetically at the cellular level. They have been altered – sometimes with the same species and sometimes cross species – to make a crop more resistant to certain pests or even give it a certain appearance or flavor. These foods are then called GMO, or GE, or GM foods.
The main reason that GMO foods are created is to survive high quantity application of chemical herbicides and pesticides. Some GMOs even make the plant produce the pesticide on their own.
In the USA the plants most likely to be GMO, in order of prevalence, are:
* Sugar beets
* Yellow Summer Squash
Due to the proliferation of GMO crops such as the above, and the use of them in creating derivative products like crackers, cereals, sugars, and other refined foods, it can be very difficult to avoid GM foods and GMOs. There is no requirement for government labeling for GMO products either.
However, today there is a movement to help consumers choose wisely by choosing certified organic products, and non-GMO Project Verified products. If you eat organic, and avoid processed food, and avoid eating things with artificial colorings, flavorings, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, high-fructose corn syrup and other known GMO foods, then you can mostly avoid GMOs.
Keep in mind that even certified organic and certified non-GMO crops can sometimes become contaminated with GMO due to the problem with pollen drift. As long as GMOs are allowed to be produced, it will become increasingly hard to avoid ingesting GMO foods – since the GMO project can only determine whether someone is intentionally growing GMO crops and not accidentally growing them.
Most people agree that choosing organic products will be better for your family due to the following reasons:
* Less risk of toxin exposure – Plants grown for human consumption that have been doused with highly toxic herbicides and pesticides just aren’t good for you or your family members to ingest.
* More supportive of local farms – When you buy organic, you are more likely purchasing locally since the shelf life of organics is shorter. Even Walmart is sourcing organically grown crops on a local basis.
* Better for the land – When growing organic crops, the soil, water and air quality are protected with better growing practices like crop rotation, composting and so forth. This can ensure fertile farm land for centuries.
* Organic tastes better – Let’s face it; organic tastes better. You know that most tomatoes you get at the grocery store were picked before they were ripe, aerated, radiated, and finally become red but are without flavor compared to organically grown versions.
What’s really interesting is that when you research the outcomes of organic farms versus conventional farming using GMOs, the production is essentially equal – except when there are problems with the weather, at which times organic crops do better.
So, you can produce the same number of crops for sale using organic farming methods that you can using other methods without ruining the land, causing toxic runoff, and untold problems and consequences that we may not even know about yet.