Organic and GMO Foods

Organic and GMO Foods

There have been differences between organic and natural food with a lot of debate, arguments and examination done previously.

why-eat-organic-foodGMOs have been flooding the market and are being pushed to address world hunger. GMO or genetically modified organisms are becoming food supplies staple as options.

Another common term used for GMOs is GE, or genetically engineered. This may be food, meat or plant food sources engineered genetically to suit its purpose.

Scientifically, what is being done is to alter the natural DNA with a differently sourced DNA molecule of another species. These are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genetically new organism. The argument stays with the organism being ingested by humans and what are its side effects.

What is the difference

There is still an ongoing confusion and debate on what organic and non-GMO as labels really mean. One needs to understand the difference. This is all the more important when it is being a choice for you and your family as the healthiest and safest food.

Apart from feeding our families we are also supporting the entire food system. From nature to nurture, the land, air and water. Everything.

What’s in a label?

The labeling verifies that a product is not containing GMO ingredients, or technically less than 0.9% in the content. But are we are aware of what it contains, how it was made and where it is sourced.

Non-GMO and certified organic food is the same.

Once a product is certified organic, USDA dictates that there shouldn’t any GMO in its ingredients. Make sure you check the labels to carry 100% certified organic or Non GMO Screen-Shot-2015-02-17-at-11.47.05-AM-624x437Project as it’s an assurance that 100% there is no GMO in the food you are buying. Be mindful that producers ride on the loopholes of the USDA rule for them to penetrate and use certain categories though they are not GMO free.

Pesticides and organic food

With the use of synthetic pesticides, organic crops cannot grow in that environment. Regulations on organic food maintain the non-use of certain toxic pesticides. This is to ensure crops are not bathed in toxic chemicals.

No restrictions, however, exist for non-GMO crops. These can be grown in the same environment as conventional crops and be bathed in toxic residues from pesticides.

Diseases from pesticides

Organophosphates are linked to lymphoma and leukemia. Imagine a bag of non-GMO potato chips which may contain a residues of 35 varying pesticides used on regularly grown potatoes. They are carcinogenic. They are also considered neurotoxins, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Strawberries and celeries are ones most contaminated with pesticides.

Glyphosate is a well-known herbicide. And it is prohibited on organic crops. Wheat is pre harvested with this chemical. It is a toxin that accumulates in the body the more you get regular exposure. Birth defects, breast cancer and kidney diseases are linked with glyphosate. It is referred to in research as largely responsible for autoimmune and neurological disorders. Whole wheat breads and non-GMOcereals which are not categorized organic may have chemical residues of glyphosate.

organic_vs_gmo_header-564x161Know the product well.

Growth promoting drugs and antibiotics

Be careful of meats containing growth promoting steroids and drugs. These animals have been raised with these enhancements. Organic meat is not raised this way. Chances are cardiovascular diseases will happen when traces are found at an unacceptable levels.

Antibiotics are used not only for infection fighting but as a fattening agent for farm animals. If these meats end up on our tables it can fatten us too. The reason for this is that antibiotics kill healthy bacteria in the stomach. These are the probiotics, which influence the absorption of nutrients, aid in calorie burning and being lean.

In saying no, we say yes to being more healthy.