5 Things You Should Know About GMO Foods
What was once reserved as terminology among food producers and growers are now becoming more and more mainstream; GMOs or Non-GMOs. GMO, or Genetically Modified Organisms, means the food source has been modified at the gene level (recombinant DNA technic) to possess characteristics that will make production quicker and more cost efficient. We’ve collected some basic information about GMO food to help educate our community of SMART Juicers.
GMO Food Is a Relatively New Idea
In 1973, a Stanford grad student came up with the concept of Recombinant DNA, rDNA. The idea was taken up by Professor Herbert Boyer and his team for further development. There were conferences, patents and FDA approval stages of rDNA that lead to the first mainstream commercially available GMO food in 1994: The Flavr Savr tomato, a delayed ripening tomato that prolonged the shelf life of tomatoes in grocery stores. In contrast, hybridization of seeds traces back to 1760 and of course, heirloom plant sources have been around since the beginning of time.
The GMO Industry Is Self-Serving
The approval to distribute GMO foods in US and Canada are based on the studies conducted by the corporations producing them. Consider this fact for a second: is there a conflict of interest here? Are there millions to billions of dollars to be made in commercializing these science experiments by the corporations producing them? The SMART answer is YES!
GMO Foods Are Banned in Many Countries
GMO foods are banned from many developed nations such as Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria among 33 other diverse countries. These are nations with the most access to research and are in possession of the most advanced technologies, in other words, these SMART nations who makes SMART decisions.
GMO Foods Are Hiding in Plain Sight
GMO food producers spent millions of dollars to make sure GMO foods are available, yet hidden to the market. California Proposition 37 in 2012, required GMO foods to be labeled as such, the proponent of this propositions are agro-chemical giants such as Monsanto and DuPont spent millions lobbying to make sure this proposition not pass.
Where You Can Find GMO Foods
The foods most likely to contain GMO: Alfalfa, Canola, Corn, Cotton, Papaya, Soy, Sugar Beets and Zucchini. Many animal products are included on this list due to high GMO contamination in feed. If you want avoid GMO, look for Organic Certified version of these foods or for third party non-GMO varication such as Non-GMO Project Org.
While there is nothing wrong with being efficient, there are obviously legitimate concerns on whether GMO is a safe food supply for consumption given the above facts.
The SMART Team will continue to keep our eyes and ears open for all topics concerning SMART food selections, so please stay tuned for more.