In the last little while, GMO and Non GMO has come up in many conversations...folks fall into two catagories: those who know nothing of it and have never even heard of it and those wanting to know what it is -intuitively sensing something is amiss- and how to avoid it...so, here's a basic understanding of GMO and how to stay away from foods that contain it.
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. In simple terms, it is the process by which genetic material is forcibly transferred from one organism or plant to another in order to manipulate the plant's DNA to produce a specific result...such as plants producing their own pesticides or being able to tolerate herbicides. At first blush one would think, "Well, what's so bad about that?" But, the reality is that messing with genetics is pretty much akin to Frankenstein's lab and we all know the disaster that accompanied that! The really scary part is that research on the results of consuming GM Foods is not extensive so, we really don't know what its true effect will be (they have been proven to contribute to infertility)...even scarier is the fact that products (currently on our supermarket shelves) which contain GMO ingredients DO NOT have to be labeled as such! You should assume -unless labeled GMO FREE, NON GMO or USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC- that any packaged or processed food you pick up contains at least one GMO ingredient. I can say this with absolute certainty because the majority of packaged and processed foods contain a great deal of corn, soy and/or beet sugar. The fact is 80% + of these three crops are genetically modified in our country. For your health, stay away from conventional corn, soy and beets along with products that contain them.
Purchase them certified organic or not at all!
I found the website below very helpful in educating myself on GMO...check it out for more extensive information and helpful shopping guides...
Non GMO Shopping Guide
Dr. Mercola (mercola.com) and Natural News (naturalnews.com) are also great resources for specifics on the latest research and products to avoid where GMO is concerned!
The key is education and action - BE PROACTIVE!
Future Generations will thank you and so will your health!