When you look up the term "GM food," you may find quick, yet misleading, results. What is "GM food," otherwise known as genetically modified food? According to Wikipedia, "Genetically modified foods (or GM foods) are foods produced from organisms that have had specific changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering." In other words, genetically modified foods are foods that have been “fixed” to look more appetizing and have a specific, uniform taste, as opposed to the more natural and organic original.
So the real question is: how does genetically modified food play a role in your life? You probably think that you’re eating the freshest of the fresh and realest of the real fruits and veggies that your local grocer has to offer, but the offsetting news here is that all of that produce has more than likely been genetically modified to make it into your shopping cart. While many authorities say that genetically modified foods benefit both the consumer as well as the producer, they tend to leave out why it’s good for the producer and how it can be unhealthy for the consumers.
The initial reason for using genetically modified foods was to help the producers in a reasonable manner. Problems like insects, bad crop weather, and plant disease were all reason to move forward with a supposed miracle for all growers, but since then it has spiraled into a big business that produces not only good-looking fruits and vegetables, but lots of cash. Producers now use the technology on foods to help them grow faster, in a larger quantity and in harsher conditions. You may not see the bad side of this yet, but think of it as a baby: before the baby is born, you set out a blueprint of how you want it to look, behave, and when it’ll grow up, all according to what is most suitable and convenient for you. It seems tempting and easy, but it is not natural in the slightest. Sooner or later, complications are going to pile up with these genetically modified foods.
If you’re still not convinced that genetically modified foods aren’t exactly the key to a long and healthy life, maybe some of the more researched recurring problems will sway your opinion. Our bodies didn’t evolve on nutrition that had been planned out by some computer program… we were made to eat natural food from the Earth. When we choose to consume things that our bodies aren’t prepared for, a number of problems will be served up alongside your meal. Increases in allergies, gene transfer, and outcrossing are all real problems that can occur due to the consumption of genetically modified foods. You’re likely aware of what allergies are, but in a more in-depth look at what your body is going through with natural food vs. GM food, genetically modified foods have to be tested by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and WHO just as a “precaution” in case something might have gone wrong in the lab. That’s really reassuring, isn’t it? Gene transfer is just another “minor” thing that might happen during the production of your food, which is the transfer of cells in the body or to bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract that would cause concern if the transferred genetic material adversely affects human health. Lastly, outcrossing is yet another problem that could go wrong, similar to cross-contamination with food in a kitchen. Genetically modify a vegetable the wrong way, and the results could be disastrous.
If the possible health risks or the greedy side of the producers won’t turn you away from GM food, then maybe the name itself will. Imagine a world where we actually knew what we were eating and were honest about it. Asking a friend what you’re having for dinner and getting the reply back, “just some genetically modified peas and carrots with our chicken” wouldn’t be the most tasteful and appealing answer, yet it’s the truth. Don’t be fooled by the pretty colors and shapes of the genetically modified produce, stick to “Non-GMO.” It usually has a sticker to distinguish it if it’s organic and grown with love, not a computer. Keep in mind that here at WheatgrassLove, we would never consider using any genetically modified ingredients in our products!
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