The long, heated debate about the safety of GMOs is still ongoing.
Genetically Modified Organisms, commonly referred to as GMOs, are organisms whose DNA were modified through biological engineering. It’s used in many industries such as agriculture, medical research, and even in floristry, to create blue roses and other uniquely beautiful blooms.
Many claim GMOs are safe, but research has shown possible environmental and health dangers in producing and consuming genetically modified food. While GMOs are already banned in several countries, GM foods continue to be available in the United States, and some of them come from the countries that have not approved of it.
Though initially difficult to achieve, having a GMO-free lifestyle is now possible, thanks to new developments in this field.
Avoid Unnatural Ingredients and Processed Food
Most processed foods are made from GMO ingredients like sugar beets or corn syrup. If you can’t avoid your sweet tooth, look for products that contain pure sugar cane, evaporated cane juice, or organic sugar.
Buy from Farmers’ Markets and Organic Fruit and Vegetable Wholesalers
Avoid buying produce in large grocery chains. The produce they buy may come from big production companies with GMO plants or animals. Instead, buy from organic fruit and vegetable sellers. Farmers’ markets sell organic fruits, so if you want natural, shop there.
Shop at GMO-free Companies
While small businesses remain GMO-free, some big companies in the food industry are beginning to see the dangers of GMOs and are making efforts to avoid it. Major food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill, for example, has stopped using GM ingredients like genetically modified corn. While they recognize that there may be GMO in the corn syrup they use in their soda, their food ingredients are GMO-free.
Meanwhile, Whole Foods plans to label products containing GMOs starting this year, while Walmart is expanding their selection of organic food.
While the debate over GMOs’ safety has yet to be won, people should still have a choice on whether or not to consume it. By following these steps, you are taking a safety precaution with GMOs and are living a healthy lifestyle.