Since GMO (genetically modified organism) & GE (genetically engineered) labeling isn’t required across the country (YET!), here is a brief explanation of why to purchase organic products and vote in support of GMO labeling. If GMO labeling has existed around the world since 2003, why is America fighting it?
From my perspective the two main reasons to choose non-GMO over GMO foods are: environment impact and subsequent reduction in nutritional value.
GMO food items are bred to resist specific weeds and bugs, so that the yield is very high for farmers. The drawback of creating weed-resistance super seeds is that when the crop is harvested, the seeds can’t be reused for the next crop, which is what farmers used to do before GMO options existed. Native, non-GMO seeds saved farmers money and created a cyclic nourishing environment (soil) for the following years’ crop.
GMO seeds are disposable, created to be used once and then die. Over time, the DNA used to make the seeds resistant, depletes the soil and instead of nutrient dense soil creating nutrient dense crops, the result is nutrient-less crops that need to be refortified with minerals. For example, native wheat (Emmer (Farro), and Teff) have an average of 42 chromosomes compared to an average of 14 in common wheat, which makes it more nutrient dense and causes less intolerance and allergic response in most people. Corn, wheat, and soy are the most popular GMO crops since they are used in almost every processed food and for texture, flavor and as vegan protein sources. This is why it’s best to always choose organic varieties of them.
From an ethical point of view, many big businesses that produce some of our favorite organic products, actually use profits from those organic products in campaigns against GMO labeling!
- Forbes on Why GMO’s are a Bad Idea
- Companies Opposed to GMO labeling
- List of Big Organic Brands against GMO labeling – click on “Campaign Targets” for Companies to Avoid
- Organic Consumers Association
- GMO’s and the Environment
- non-GMO Verified Products
- Environmental Working Group – Learn about Genetically Engineered Foods
- Learn about the Monsanto Protection Act
- Connecticut Voters Get Involved
- Frankenfish & GMO Salmon