“So, what are GMO’s anyway?” It’s a question that I here often. And I never know quite what to say. If I launch into the scientific explanation, their eyes quickly glaze over; if I approach it from a more personal perspective, “I feel that for my family… ” it gives the impression that it’s not that important. After attempting here to explain what GMO’s were in my own words, I decided to let the experts speak for themselves. Following is an answer to the question, “What are GMO’s?” The answer comes from the Non-GMO Project; check them out to find out more facts, and a complete list of non-GMO certified products.
“GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.
Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.”
How do you feel about GMO’s? Have you been personally affected by GMO’s? Do you and your family plan to participate in Non-GMO month? If so, how? Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
– Replace your conventional cereals throughout the month with non-GMO certified brands (such as Nature’s Path)
– Watch a documentary about GMO’s on family movie night (GMO, OMG; Genetic Roullet; Food Inc.), and talk about it together
– Ask the manager of your local grocery store to carry more non-GMO certified items
– Purchase at risk products (dairy, meat, eggs, honey) from a local farm that does not use GMO feed
– Decide as a family to give up one food that has GMO products in it for the month of October; talk about it at the end of the month
Let’s spread the word, and help inform others about what GMO’s are and how they are impacting us all. I would love to hear what you are choosing to do to support non-GMO month!