The United States is home to ten GMO (Genetically modified organisms) crops which one can buy commercially. These include corn, sugar beets, cotton, squash, potatoes, papaya, apples, soybeans, alfalfa and canola- all of these contribute significant portions to the total food supply. In the processed food industry, this is one of the most evident, with close to three-fourth of the foods containing GMO ingredients in one form or the other.
Why Are GMOs Bad?
These are food crops that are genetically modified. However, the process is yet to be perfected and is a way for combating the growing global food shortage crisis due to our rising population and reducing resources. Briefly put, consuming GMOs can result in mutation and possibility of organ failure and various strains of cancer to occur in the body of the consumer- there have been studies on the effect of GMO diet on lab rats, and the result was organ failure within the span of ten days.
Resistant To Change
The widespread use of GMOs, have been subdued with legislative efforts but in vain due to tremendous opposition. Most of the opposition comes in the interest of large agribusinesses and food corporations. The legislative efforts were directed towards labeling the GMO foods as is- many states passed it successfully, but many are yet to catch up.
Since the change has been snail paced and frustrating for many, there are some ways in which you can stay clear of GMO foods. This is the way in which you can navigate yourself around them and get your hands on foods that supplement healthy eating via plant-based meals and plant-based recipes.
- Stay Clear Of Processed Foods: stay clear of all processed foods. Yes, that means cheese is out of the equation. The reason is that most processed food contains GMOs.
- Stick To Fresh Produce-Veggies And Fruits: most of the leafy greens and foods, with the exception of radicchio, Hawaiian papaya, zucchini, beets and corn. Others are free from GMOs.
- Research About The GMO Situation In Your Country: some countries prevent the cultivation of GMO crops and/or imported products that have been flagged as GMO.
- Buy Your Food Locally: head down to the farmers market, and look around the fresh produce. Most of them don’t use GMO seeds, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask them if they do before you make a purchase.
Stick to a diet that is not centered around GMO-based foods and you will do yourself and the environment a favor.