Good morning! I’m glad everyone enjoyed my video blog post yesterday. I will try to do more video posts in the future, as I will have less time to type and videos are much faster to create! I also plan to make my posts a lot shorter in the future, but still very informative.
The topic of today’s post is GMO’s, and much of the information is from my favorite magazine; Today’s Dietitian Magazine.
Foods such as soy, corn, rice, canola, potatoes, and tomatoes have been genetically engineered since 1996, most often with herbicide-tolerant traits. It’s estimated that 60% to 70% of the food products in your local grocery store have at least one genetically modified ingredient. Here is what the proponents and opponents are saying about GMO’s:
My problem is that while there may not be much evidence of any concerns now, who knows what the future will hold? I’d like to think that since this has been happening for over 16 years now these foods must be safe, but I’m no idiot. I know that our government tries their best to make sure all that we eat is safe, but that’s clearly not always the case. Another issue I have is that we never know if we are consuming something that is genetically modified. The only way to know if something isn’t a GMO is if it is organic, so if you want to stay away from GMOs you’ll have to buy all organic foods, which is close to impossible during this time of economic hardship. I think we as Americans have a right to know what we put in our mouths, whether it’s good or bad. Will I freak out if I consume a GMO? Not at all, as it turns out I’ve been consuming them for years, but do I want to have the ability to say “no” if I want? Of course. We all do.
– If you want to make sure your food is not genetically modified, you’ll have to purchase all organic, as the organic seal can only be used if a food is not genetically modified.
– Want to learn more? Visit this site to learn more pros and cons, and make your own decision about GMOs.