Genetically Modified Organisms…What are they?

Well…here I am again!  New week and a new post!  We have gotten back into the swing of things and have been cooking at home for the majority of our meals with the exception of 2 or so.  We have always eaten breakfast from the house unless we have early meetings in the morning.  When that happens we venture to ChickFilA and get a cool #1 breakfast combo.  Did I mention that their coffee is like velvet first thing in the morning?  Better than that high and overpriced Starbucks mess that is loaded with sugar.  Oh wait…let me get off my Anti-Starbucks soapbox 🙂

A major mission of ours is to eat as clean as we can and to eat wholesome, good tasting food.  Anyone who works fulltime, parent or not, knows that this is hard to do.  The price of groceries is absolutely unreal.  If you strive to eat all organic, you are looking at a major blow to your wallet.  It’s almost surreal how much you pay for things that you  must have.  A bigger problem is making sure that what you are buying isn’t laden with unpronounceable, genetically modified organisms, and food dyes.  A part of this journey was making sure to check food labels.  In the beginning it was so overwhelming.  You never think about what you are eating until you get down the nitty gritty and start typing ingredients into Google.

A ton of foods in the grocery store are made with GMO’s (genetically modified organism).  What are GMO’s you ask.  The formal definition of a GMO 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.  So what the heck does that mean…. GMO’s are these wonderful organisms that are made in a lab somewhere that can not possibly occur in nature.   So now that you know that I know your question is How do they affect your health? There is a growing body of evidence that connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

So what do you do about it?  This is a hard call.  In the United States, companies do not have to notify or label their products as containing GMO’s.  In this great country of ours, it’s not a requirement.  The majority of studies released claiming GMO’s as safe are conducted by the same companies that create them. Conflict of interests anyone? With that said you can do a few things to ensure what you eat is GMO free.

  • Buy organic ->  This is going to be the most costly option if you go completely organic.
  • Read Labels ->  If it says Non GMO then it has been certified as such.
  • Buy Local ->  If you can, by meats, dairy, and fruits/veggies from local farmers.  I’ve found that local food is tastier and safer.

If you want more information regarding GMO’s feel free to click here for a great information and lists of foods that are safe!

Til Next Time,

Ro!

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