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October is Non-GMO Month!

Gregg Carroll - Thursday, October 25, 2012

So,  What are GMOs and how do we avoid them?

The term GM foods or GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) is most commonly used to refer to crop plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biology techniques. These plants have been modified in the laboratory to enhance desired traits such as increased resistance to herbicides or improved nutritional content. GMOs are NOT considered safe for consumption.

To avoid GMOs, look for the Non-GMO Project Verified seal and the USDA Organic seal on the label.  Also, make sure to avoid the 9 genetically modified foods currently on the market.  These include corn, canola, cottonseed, soybeans, sugar beets, alfalfa, papaya (from Hawaii only), and some zucchini and yellow squash.

What are the perks of buying non-GMO foods?

First of all, you know you will be eating clean and unadulterated food! You will also protect the environment.  GM seeds can contaminate organic and non-GMC crops, and once released into the wild, they can’t be recalled. Furthermore, the majorities of GM foods are modified to be herbicide resistant and are sprayed with higher amounts of herbicides that pollute water and harm plants and wild life.  You will also be protecting your health!  Animal studies indicate that there may be health risks for consuming GM foods, including immune system and gastrointestinal problems.  In humans, the rates of a number of conditions- including allergies and inflammatory bowel disease- have risen with the introduction of GM foods.

This month, look out for non-GMO featured products and specials at natural food stores! Non-GMO Month was created by the Non-GMO Project in 2010 as a platform for raising awareness on the GMO issue.  Last year, nearly 1,000 natural food stores throughout the United States and Canada took part.  For additional information, check out nongmomonth.org.

Have a Happy & Healthy October! 

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