Genetically Modified Organisms are organisms whose genome has been altered by the techniques of genetic engineering so that its DNA contains one or more genes not naturally found there. GMOs were suppose to be an answer to world hunger by allowing for an increase in crop yield, however GMOs haven’t fulfilled their promises, but instead has lead to many adverse effects such as an increase in potential toxins, allergens, carcinogens, new diseases, antibiotic resistant diseases, and nutritional problems. The FDA does not require companies to label whether or not their products contain GMOs making it hard for the consumers to feel confident about what they are buying. Here is a list of 4 simple ways to become a more confident consumer:
- Avoid foods that contain corn or soybeans.
- Corn and soybeans are two of the most genetically modified crops in the United States. Many of our products we consume have a form of corn or soybean in it so being aware of what foods you are eating that contain these ingredients could help you limit the amount of genetically modified foods you are consuming.
- Look at the labeling codes for fruits and vegetables.
- If it is a four digit code the food was conventionally produced and could be non GMO or not. If the first number in the code is a 9 then it is organic and has a high chance of being non GMO. If it has a 5 digit code starting with an 8 it means it is genetically modified. Sadly this coding is also voluntary, but can be helpful in search for organic.
- Use a food app or Website.
- The Non-GMO project has a list of verified products that are Non-GMO. It is a great source to become more educated on different products.
- Shop locally.
- This allows you to know exactly where your food is coming from and how it is grown. Also it is great for families with children because you raise your kids to become more aware of where their food comes from.
Since GMOs aren’t labeled in the United States it can be hard to know what is genetically modified and what is not. By taking a few precautions you can limit your intake of GMOs. Your body and mind will thank you.