As you may remember, my youngest sister, Maggie, is guest blogging in a four-part series, providing us all with information around the controversial subject of genetically modified organisms. Throughout Part Three of her series, Maggie offered insight into the potential drawbacks of GMO consumption. Among these detriments included: the depletion of nutrients in certain foods, the limitations to cell growth, and the reduction of the potency of antibiotics. This week, Maggie’s post details the resources that consumers can use in order to find non-GMO food and beverage products. After you read this guest blog post, please use the comments section to share how you make informed choices concerning your GMO consumption. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions or post comments you have about any of Maggie’s previous three posts as well. Thank you so much for this wonderful guest blogger series, Maggie!
Guest Blogger Series “GMOs Revealed” – Part Four
Arguments about whether GMO technology is good or bad continue to unfold (GE Food). Supporters of GMOs say that they are a great resource for a world of hungry people (GE Food). Many believe that GMOs will lower the amount of people who die due to hunger (GE Food). Critics point out the long list of risks associated with GMOs (GE Food). Geneticist David Suzuki states, “What biotechnology allows us to do is to switch genes from one to the other without regard to the biological constraints. It’s very very bad science, we assume that the principles governing the inheritance of genes vertically, applies when you move genes laterally or horizontally. There’s absolutely no reason to make that conclusion.”
Consumers looking for non-GMO options have many resources, one of them being the Non-GMO Project. The Non-GMO Project is an organization that is committed to providing consumers with the information they need on GMOs in their food (GMO Facts). As quoted from their website, “The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization with a mission of protecting the non-GMO food supply and giving consumers an informed choice” (GMO Facts). This organization provides the consumer with a clear label on food packages that say, “Non-GMO Project Verified” (GMO Facts). These words are accompanied by an orange butterfly on a green plant (GMO Facts). This “seal” means that that particular food item has gone through the Non-GMO Project verification process (GMO Facts). This process “is an assurance that a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance” (GMO Facts). The verification process includes multiple stages of testing, on-site inspections where the product is manufactured, and reviews of the ingredients in the product (GMO Facts). The Non-GMO Project is the only organization in North America that provides non-GMO verification for food products (GMO Facts). The nonprofit’s goal is to empower consumers to stop buying GMO foods so farmers will stop growing them and companies will stop putting them in their products (GMO Facts).
As GMO technology becomes more and more a part of the lives of people around the globe, staying informed has never been so imperative. All consumers should be able to make informed decisions about what they eat, as their health could depend on those decisions.
GE Food and Your Health. n.d. Center for Food Safety, n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2016.
GMO Facts. n.d. The Non-GMO Project, n.d. Web. 10 Mar. 2016.