GMOs? Your Life Does NOT Depend on Them
If you’re a consumer in the United States, GMOs—genetically modified organisms, or food products whose DNA has been tinkered with to create insect or disease resistance, better yields or other features—are hard to avoid. The Non-GMO Project estimates at least 80 percent of U.S. conventional processed foods contain a GMO ingredient (although government statistics to verify that claim are harder to find).
The health consequences of eating genetically modified organisms are largely unknown; because of that, the European Union has banned GMOs, as have Australia, Japan, the UK and two dozen other countries. Genetically engineered foods have not been shown to be safe to eat and may have unpredictable consequences for our bodies, future crop production and the environment. As difficult as these ingredients may be to avoid, there are some steps you can take to lower or eliminate your intake of genetically modified foods:
3 Ways to Avoid GMOs & Educate Yourself
the Risky Foods:
According to the Non-GMO Project, the highest risk crops include:
- Sugar Beets
- Zucchini and Yellow Summer
- Animal products (milk, meat,
eggs, honey, etc.) because of contamination in feed.
Some produce has no known genetically modified version on U.S. store shelves today, including tomatoes and potatoes. Shop with confidence for those items and investigate the others carefully.Be Discerning and Read Labels
non-GMO foods is getting easier, thanks to educational campaigns and voluntary
product labeling. Another easy way: Download
the Non-GMO Project
App or use Abe’s Qualities' handy “Non GMO” filter to find only those products
that are certified non-GMO. You’ll find
products like Quinn
Popcorn: Microwave Popcorn Reinvented or Sweet
Chili Sprouted Tortilla Chips, great tasting snacks that are guaranteed to
It Goes Beyond Food
Genetically modified ingredients can lurk anywhere, so if you’re serious about getting free from GMO products pay attention in the health and beauty aisles, too. You can buy plenty of non-GMO baby and kid products, health remedies, cosmetics and home products to choose from.
So join the GMO-free revolution. Stake your claim to GMO independence this July by following these steps to a GMO-free body, house and Earth.