The Facts on GMO's
Crowded airports, security checkpoints, cramped plane cabin, you know the drill. For health conscious people this is a recipe for stress, and yes, There has been a lot of press lately about GMO's or (Genetically Modified Organisms). People have signed petitions to ban their use, and regulations have been implemented in certain states to label them. But what are they exactly? How do they affect us?
GMO crops have been altered beyond their naturally occurring state to withstand potent herbicides, resist fungus, and to change their nutritional composition. This essentially means that you could be eating a vegetable that comes from a lab, and is impervious to deadly doses of Round Up. Not very appetizing if you ask me.
What happens when you take genetically modified foods and introduce them into the body? Well think of it this way. Eating "bionic" food that is basically immune to anything can cause you as the consumer to start becoming immune to lifesaving antibiotics, increase your risk of cancer, allergies, and create toxicity.
The most common GMO crops are corn, soy, cotton, canola, and sugar beets. They are typical ingredients in most prepackaged foods, and sadly the FDA is not required to label them. The big question then is how to know if what you're buying is safe?
Organic is the best way to go because use of genetically modified seed is strictly forbidden. When choosing produce look for a five digit PLU code on the label that starts with a 9 to indicate it's organic. Also look for labeling on processed food stating that its "certified" Non-GMO. This is especially true for foods containing the common ingredients soy or corn. If it's not marked as such, leave it on the shelf, it's not worth risking your health.
A fantastic resource with lists of brand names, and retailers is nongmoproject.org. There you will find a wealth of information to keep both you and your family GMO free!