Corporations like to defend GMOs in a number of ways, but my favorite argument is that GMOs have been proven safe. The fact is that genetically modified organisms (GMO) in our food has never been proven safe in any long-term study.
Yes, there have been studies on GMO safety, and some of them have shown that these organisms are safe. There have been just as many studies linking GMOs to everything from organ damage to obesity to cancer.
The studies on GMO foods haven’t conclusively proven anything. In fact, I only know of one long-term study on GMOs, and it found a link to cancer. Unfortunately, that study had a number of flaws, which means that the only long-term study of GMOs was pretty much inconclusive.
Call me overly cautious, but I’d prefer that something be fully tested if there’s a chance that it could give me or someone I love cancer.
It’s important to take any research on GMOs with a grain of salt, because so much of that research is biased. This video from Seeds of Deception author Jeffrey Smith gets into the trouble with much of the research out there that “proves” GMO safety:
Hat tip to Tiffany at Live. Learn Love Eat. for sharing this video and her story of cutting out GMOs on her blog!
Choosing Non-GMO Foods
Unfortunately here in the U.S. GMO foods don’t have to carry a label right now, but there are some ways that you can opt out of this massive, uncontrolled experiment:
- Go organic. USDA organic standards do not allow for genetically modified organisms
- Look for the seal. There is a private, third-party certification for non-GMO foods: the Non-GMO Project. Look for their seal on packaged foods.
- Check produce stickers. Vibrant Wellness Journal shares a handy guide to those stickers on loose produce. It turns out that number includes a code that tells you whether something is GMO!
- Avoid common GMO ingredients. If it’s not organic, you want to skip products with corn, canola oil, soy, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, sugar (beet sugar is GMO, cane sugar is not), corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and corn starch. Any corn- or soy-derived ingredients that are not organic are probably GMO.
Are you trying to cut GMO food out of your family’s diet? I’d love to hear your stories and experiences!
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