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What is a GMO?

Good Morning Oregon? General Motors Ohio?

Absolutely none of the above—but I sort of wish it was. GMOs are Genetically Modified Organisms, and unless you see a seal on the package stating otherwise, chances are what you are buying has GMO ingredients in it.

The Non GMO seal

What is a GMO?

But what is it?

A GMO is a hybrid food created in a lab. You may or may not remember the movie The Island of Dr. Moreau, but if you do, remember when he took all those animals and cross bred them with other animals that just didn’t go together and made these freaky creations that wouldn’t last in nature because their gene pools weren’t meant to be cross bred? Well that’s exactly the same thing as a GMO.

It is food that is engineered so it  can withstand things such as bugs, rain, cold and so forth that nature may toss our way. But I’m thinking that nature tosses us those things for a reason.

Anyway . . .

Why should we care?

We get our nutrients from food, or at least we should. and GMO foods are “created” in a lab where they are highly processed. Therefore, they have very low to no nutritional value because the processing removed most of the good stuff. These foods also have a high risk of contamination because of the cross breeding of genes, not to mention the long-term negative effects on the body. In short, they can actually cause us more harm than good.

a whole shelf of non gmo's

This is what’s a GMO!

But how can I tell what is a GMO and what’s not?

This is where the fun begins! Label reading!

The GMO Project has created a seal so we will know the difference between Non-GMO (real food) and GMO (fake food).

You can also look for the Certified Organic seal. It’s all super clear so you will easily be able to tell the difference.

Another clue is the shelf life. If it is more than the lease on your car, take note.

Does it really matter?

YES! It actually does. If you think about it, our grandparents, or even our parents when they were kids, didn’t have much of an issue with food allergies or intolerances, obesity, infertility, etc. as we do now. My friends’ kids all seem to have problems with some allergy, digestion issue, concentration and the list goes on. There are now studies out of the UK using pigs that were fed only GMO feed. These pigs developed all of  the above issues and more! I don’t know about you, but it seems like there is a strong connection.

Look, I don’t jump on my soapbox about too many things, but I will always jump on it when it comes to a happy, healthy life, which is what I want for everyone. Real food will digest better, make you smile more, feel lighter and oddly enough, you can eat more and not gain weight! I am SO not kidding. Your body will thank you for it.

My friend Andrew over at Eating Rules does this fantastic thing every year called “October Unprocessed.” It may not be too late to jump in if you want to. It’s only a month!

 

Some websites to check out for more in-depth info on Non-GMO’s and organics –

 

The Non GMO Project – The seal on the package to look for. The website is filled with up to date info on Non GMO products and crops.

Allergy Kids Foundation – The brilliant Robyn Obrian’s brain child and super useful site for all things related to food allergies and more.

Food Babe – LOVE the Food Babe. Vani’s food investigations are clear, insightful and make a serious situation highly digestible (we love that)

Living Maxwell – Max is one of the leading experts on all things organic and explains it all in a very clear way

Just Label It – A portal of info on processed food, GMO’s and whats going on in the government.

 

In the comments below, I would love to hear how you look at labels and what you look for?

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