Genetically modified (GM) food is a big deal. Scientists can alter seeds to change the outcome of a crop, making it bigger, more pest resilient, etc. Sounds okay at first, but there are a lot of people concerned about it, for good reasons.
No long term studies have been done on the effects of GM foods on people. Some experts feel that the genetic modification of the foods we eat may cause damage to our own genes resulting in things like cancer. Animals fed GM crops have experienced problems with infertility & miscarriages. And in my personal opinion, if God wanted us to eat genetically modified foods, they would have been made that way to begin with. I just have more trust in food made by God than a scientist.
So what can you do to avoid genetically modified foods? Well they’re not required to be labeled as genetically modified, so that makes it a bit harder. But there are still ways to keep these little nasties out of your family’s diet.
- Buy organic. Organic food can not be genetically modified. Period.
- Avoid the most commonly genetically modified foods when not eating organic. Corn & soy are at the top of the list, and almost all corn & soy products that aren’t organic ARE genetically modified (beware!)
- Read the labels of packaged foods carefully (or avoid eating processed foods altogether.) Corn & soy are in almost all packaged foods (in forms such as corn syrup, soy protein isolate, soybean oil, & many others) and as mentioned above, they are almost certainly genetically modified.
- Look for a “certified non-GMO” label at health food stores like Whole Foods – if you need help finding it, just ask a worker.
These few steps will go a long way in keeping GM foods out of your body.
If you’d like to learn more about genetically modified foods & their impact on our bodies & food supply, I highly recommend watching Food, Inc. It explains some of the issues concerning GMO’s really well (& it’s even “on demand” on Netflix), and/or you can check out http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/
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