- Posted August 25, 2013 by
What's in your Food? GMO's?
GMO, which is short for genetically modified organism. You might have noticed that your grocery store is stocked with items labeled GMO-free such as philippe faure-brac. Are GMOs decreasing your longevity and should you stay clear from them? The following will help to clarify the confusion to help streamline your grocery shopping.
What is a GMO?
GMOs contain genes from bacteria, viruses, animals, and humans. With altered genes, this food may grow more quickly, reach a larger size, increase shelf life, and even change and preserve its color. That plump, red tomato you always see in your grocery store may have been genetically altered to give it that rosy red appearance. Because there aren’t sufficient studies linking GMO consumption to any harm, more long-term studies are needed to ascertain their safety or danger. I tend toward steering clear of GM foods until more research can confirm if they are safe. Below are tips that will help you identify and avoid GMOs in your food.
How to Opt Out?
You can choose to opt out of eating them. Most products containing soy, corn, canola, and cottonseed oil will be GMOs, unless they are 100% USDA certified organic.
Benefits of Choosling Local Food
1. You get to know how your food is grown. You can ask your farmer how they raise and harvest crops. Having direct access and information about where your food comes from is always a plus.
2. Local foodstuffs promote a safer food supply. Food that travels long distances has a greater chance of contamination during the harvesting, washing, shipping, and distribution process.
You also get superior freshness, flavor and quality and also support the local economy and community.
When in doubt, look for the NON-GMO sticker or choose a 100% organic option. Better yet, get to know your local farmers and confirm that they do not grow GM crops