October is Non-GMO Month and we want to teach you all about it! I’m sure you’ve seen non-GMO labels on the shelves over the past few years, but how many of you know what GMOs are? Are GMO’s safe to eat? What are the benefits of choosing Non-GMO products?
GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. Essentially this means any living organisms whose genetic material has been altered by means of genetic engineering. Corporations that use genetically modified foods rely on pesticides to “protect” our food and increase control over the growing system. There may be claims saying that GMOs are safe to eat, however they can be detrimental to our health, farmers, and the environment. Our body is designed to process natural foods, so GMO toxins, pesticide residues, herbicides, heavy metals that we consume in our daily food will stack up in our body and cause long term health problems. According to Food & Water Watch, GMOs also carry risks to farmers and people living near the fields that are sprayed heavily with the herbicide, which the World Health Organization recently said is a probable human carcinogen. GMO’s can lead to serious long-term health risks, as well as the many harmful side effects aimed at our environment.
Nearly 50 developed nations around the world have strictly banned production and sale of GMOs including Japan, Australia, and all of the countries in the European Union. However, the US has not yet banned GMOs, and does not have mandatory GMO labeling. Seventy-two percent of US GMO crops are engineered to tolerate a certain type of herbicide. According to Winter Ridge Foods, close to 75% of our conventional packaged foods now contain GMOs. Thus, the NON-GMO Project was founded with the belief that people should have the right to know what’s in their food. Their mission is to protect customer choice and advocate for NON-GMO products.
Whether or not there is a consensus on GMO safety, as of yet, we as a brand believe in the consumption of natural and whole foods. Our entire product line is free of soy, gluten, dairy, GMO’s, and animal products or bi-products. We value health for the masses above all. We are massive proponents of a transparent and contaminant free food chain. We highly encourage you to look for the non-GMO project labels the next time you go grocery shopping. Be a part of the movement for our right to know what is in our food.