Healthy Lifestyle: GMO-free and Organic (What are GMO’s anyway?)

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“I got this from the farmer’s market, so it’s non-GMO and basically organic,” your friend tells you. Unless you’ve been watching all those food shockumentaries on Netflix, you may not know why you should care..

What’s the Difference?

A GMO is a Genetically Modified Organism. Think scientists in labs mixing strawberry seed genes with Icelandic fish to make the strawberries immortal.

GMO’s are damaging to the environment and small-scale farmers. Often times, the GMO seed is genetically patented and will not re-grow. GMO seeds mix into the gene pool of organic seeds and subsequently farmers are forced to buy from Monsanto, one of the largest pharmaceutical and agricultural companies that produces genetically-modified foods.

GMO food is sometimes designed to produce its own insecticide, so we end up ingesting those “naturally” grown chemicals. Some think GMO’s are a potential cause of food allergies and other autoimmune inflammation.

On the other end of the spectrum, organic food is produce or meat brought to you under a strict set of chemical-reducing guidelines. Organic standards ask for regularly tested soil, growth without pesticides, and clean harvesting techniques. Organic food is then packed, labeled, processed, shipped and distributed to maintain organic integrity. So, if you buy organic from OTA certified retailers, then you know it is mostly GMO-free.

Mostly is the key word. Only 95% of organically-labeled foods need to be organic. The other 5% can be non-organic.

Where to Buy

Shopping at farmer’s markets is a safe bet. Small-scale farmers care deeply about providing organic, GMO-free food. You can always ask vendors for details.

Whole Foods is also committed to offering quality foods. The staff should be educated on which items are GMO-free and organic. And now there is an organic section at most chain supermarkets. You can get your Earthbound Farm’s Organic Kale on your midnight run to Ralph’s

Another great habit to get into is reading the label of your packaged foods. If the label doesn’t mention organic or GMO-free, chances are GMO’s are present. According to the Non GMO Project, 80% of food sold today contains GMO ingredients.

Easy Transition

As you integrate more organic foods into your diet, it is most important to buy organic foods that you eat the skin of, like blueberries, grapes, and broccoli. If you want to start changing what you buy, start with your most consumed items. If you eat a lot of carrots, buy them organic.

The point of leading a healthy lifestyle is peace of mind, and the facts about the GMO/Organic issue can be pretty depressing. So, just keep on exercising, watching funny movies and drinking purified water to help flush out any residual mental and physical toxins!

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6 comments
Cristina
Cristina

This is very upsetting on so many levels. While I appreciate someone's honest concern and care, and their attempt to promote health, I do not appreciate fear-based, non-scientific garbage being passed off as truth. This only perpetuates fear and ignorance, while the potential ramifications are ignored (like who would feed the millions of people that would starve to death annually if it weren't for GMOs and pesticides/herbicides?).


Regarding GMOs: everything is genetically modified. You are genetically modified. Your dog is genetically modified. Your red, large, delicious apple is absolutely genetically modified (those big red non-gmo apples you probably enjoy did not occur naturally in nature without Mans' intervention).Genes are constantly being modified, whether very precisely in a lab or in nature (or, "organic" farmer-assisted, for that matter). The genetic makeup of organisms is an ever-modifying thing. 


Let's look at farmers. We'll look at an organic/non-gmo farmer, for arguments sake. When that farmer has a crop, they will take the seeds of that seasons crop and use them to propagate the next seasons crop. The farmer will use the seeds of the most viable plants, with the most desirable traits: largest, juiciest, most heat-tolerant, etc. This cycle continues. After several seasons of crops, what you end up with is a plant with a different genetic make-up than the original plant. That's genetic modification! 


I'm not here to rant about how there isn't propensity for abuse; there's propensity for abuse with anything. I'm trying to educate people that genetic modification in and of itself is not evil and not bad. In fact, genetic modification of crops has fed millions of people that would have otherwise starved. Normal Borlaug dedicated his life by going into impoverished places where specific elemental factors were inhibiting crops from thriving; he precisely modified the genetic structure to make crops more heat-tolerant, more drought-resistant, etc. While these genetic changes could have come about in nature, how many decades would it have taken? How many would have starved to death in the meantime? 


Please educate yourselves on real science, not pseudo-science.

Jane Glick
Jane Glick

We do need to be concerned. Crazy that it even 'needs' to be a concern! Thx for the awareness alert! ☆

Tonia Fuquay Fishell
Tonia Fuquay Fishell

GMOs are very safe for consumption. Please do not go the anti science route. Really not interested in reading anti Science nonsense that will inevitably attract antivaxxers.

FL Support Squad
FL Support Squad

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Kimberly Terrell
Kimberly Terrell

Stick to talking about clothing. Most of this is misleading at best.