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Along with the many great freedoms we celebrate in this country, having the choice of what we put into our bodies should be one of them. Since the launch of the Non-GMO Project in 2010, we’ve had an incredible platform to raise awareness and protect our right to know what our food is made of (or not made of). And since the US does not require labeling of GMO foods, it’s up to us to make the right decision. It’s not a trend or a fad that will soon go away, but something that will affect our great, great grandchildren. So when asked why you should choose Non-GMO Verified foods, the real question should be why shouldn’t you?
In the U.S., if a food is labeled organic, you can bet your bottom dollar it’s Non-GMO as well. According to the USDA, the use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms is prohibited in organic products. But why do I say almost? There’s, of course, some loopholes. But if you opt for an item labeled “Non-GMO Project Verified” you can rest and digest easy knowing it’s organic.
2. You can better predict your future.
Because genetically modified foods have only been around since the early 1990s, we don’t exactly know what the long term affects are. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not be used as the test dummy to find out. The DNA of GMO crops are genetically engineered in a laboratory, mutating the genes to create a new crop. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. What is the outcome when those mutated genes have a chemical reaction with our DNA? Let’s save the horror films for Hollywood on this one and just choose Non-GMO.
3. None of the cool kids are doing it.
There are over 60 countries around the world that do not consider GMO food to be safe. And in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and countries in the European Union, there are outright bans or restrictions on the farming and sale of GM products. The U.S. government, however, has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. What’s that tell you? In this case, it’s a good thing to follow the crowd.
4. You’ll expose yourself to fewer toxins.
According to the Non-GMO Project*, around 80% of all GM products grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance, therefore being responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs” which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons. It is a viscous cycle; GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture. By opting for Non-GMO foods, you reduce your exposure and help stop the spread.
So as the Counting Crows once sang, “we don’t care about spots on our apples; leave us the birds and the bees.”