If you are anything like me, you value eating healthy and moving daily, or at least the idea of it! Maybe you have even adopted shopping around the outer circle of the supermarket and are avoiding the middle aisles which are known to include the processed foods such as pop tarts, potato chips, and frozen pizzas. (red alert! Stay away!!:) If that is true of you then…GREAT JOB! However, you may feel the nudge to take your healthy eating to the next level, and that can get a bit confusing and even overwhelming. Have you heard or seen terms like organic, grass-fed, and GMO-free and just weren’t too sure what exactly those labels actually mean
A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, insects, plants, fish, and mammals. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food. The term GMO is very close to the technical legal term, ‘living modified organism’ defined in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which regulates international trade in living GMOs (specifically, “any living organism that possesses a novel combination of genetic material obtained through the use of modern biotechnology”). –wikipedia.com
Still, that definition leaves me feeling confused and unable to make a real decision about GMOs. As I researched this topic the information was thick and confusing. GMOs are bad for you, OR, they are revolutionary…The best thing I could think to do is to provide you with what I thought were some of the best resources out there and allow you to make an educated, informed, reasonable decision for yourself and your family. And please note that I have some resources from both sides of the fence!
…the question of whether or not to identify and label GMOs is a no-brainer. When asked how Europeans handle GMO labeling, a European colleague of mine — not surprisingly — laughed as she wisely said, “You Americans can make such a big deal out of nothing. In Europe, this is a very easy question to answer: Research has consistently shown that it is bad for you, so we stopped using it.-huffingtonpost.com
I really am unsure of the right answer to the heal the American food issue. I am sure, absolutely positive actually, that we Americans have an obesity and disease epidemic, much in part that can be linked back to what we are putting into our mouths. We have any and everything available to us- any and every time we want it. Even though that is actually pretty amazing, I wonder if that’s really how it should be?
Some more resources:
Stay up to date on GMO info by following www.gmoinside.com. Quick tip from these guys: Avoid high-risk ingredients such as soy, corn, cottonseed oils, canola oils, papaya, sugar beets, and aspartame. If these foods are not labeled Non-GMO or Organic they advise to avoid them.
Here is a downloadable Non-GMO shopping guide!
I would love to hear your thoughts about GMOs! I am 100% open to discussion! I encourage you to do a little homework before you make any decisions about how you are going to eat, believe, and live your life. Resist hopping on the current hot-button issues without researching a little!
Did you get a chance to read my interview with Nancy? She has some interesting thoughts on this issue due to a very interesting personal experience!