The topic of GMO foods is a trending controversial topic the world over. It results in disagreements within nations as some embrace GMO foods while others are strongly against them. The topic is torn in between food security and human safety. So, what is all the controversy about?
Genetically Modified Organisms are organisms whose genetics are modified by humans in the laboratory. In short, their natural architecture is altered for various reasons. The concept is usually introducing organisms that can breed better under minimal conditions.
In the case of food, GMOs are plants that are altered to either withstand drought, disease, pests, frost and other factors that hinder plant growth and production. To do this, scientists include various chemicals in the plants to adapt to such characteristics. However, in as much as this appears like a welcome idea, it has harmful effects on humans and animals that consume such foods.
GMO foods mean that humans have to consume more artificial matter such as chemicals that later cause health problems such as cancer. Also, they lead to the emergence of “hardened weeds” known as superweeds that resist herbicides. Worse still, the chemicals in GMO plants contaminate farmlands, affecting food production by killing natural plants, encouraging weeds and altering soil structure.
Shocking revelations state that in developed countries such as the U.S., most foods are genetically modified. This includes corn, mushrooms, soybeans, canola, cottonseed, apples and sugar beets. In fact, most food that is commercially grown is likely to be genetically modified. This is because commercial farmers will go for seed that resists diseases, grows faster, and produces more. Worrying is, however, not necessary as GMO and non-GMO foods are labeled. This enables consumers to choose between both types of food.
How to Avoid GMO Foods
- Not eating processed soups
- Avoiding frozen sweetened foods
- Minimizing or avoiding feeding babies with formula
- Avoiding sweetened juices
- Growing own vegetables and fruits
- Checking food labels before buying
- Avoiding processed vegetable oil
- Avoiding soybean-based foods such as tofu
- Drinking unprocessed milk
- Avoiding carbonated soft drinks such as Soda