The topic of GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” has been in the news quite a bit in the last year. For those of you who are new to the natural food industry let me explain what exactly GMOs are and why it is important for us to be aware of them.
The technical definition of a GMO is “plants or animals that have been genetically combined with DNA from bacteria, viruses or genes from other plants and animals. These are experimental combinations of DNA that cannot occur in a plant or animal’s natural environment or from traditional crossbreeding.” ( What is GMO )
Most GMO plants are engineered to withstand direct applications of an herbicide, such as Roundup, or to produce an insecticide. Some of the biggest culprits are corn and soybeans which are found in many of the processed foods on our grocery store shelves. I don’t want to ingest produce that has been engineered to withstand the application of a potent herbicide. I would like to feed my family the “cleanest” food possible. This is why the support of voluntary labeling of foods is so important.
Non-GMO Month was created by the Non-GMO Project in 2010 as a platform for raising awareness on the GMO issue. We encourage you to educate yourself about the world-wide impact of GMOs. You can also go to 2013 Non-GMO Month and read about the impact that product labeling can have on our food supply and our health.
Natural Options stocks a wide variety of products which carry the Non-GMO Project Verified label. Stop in and see what we have to offer.