There is so much news out there about GMO’s and what Genetically Modified Organisms are doing to our food in the USA. I think its important to share what I know and what DIVE tries its best to avoid. In this quick article, I hope to explain the basics of this controversial issue.
My mother, Joanne Nor, a Highland Park native, is a huge advocate for the Non-GMO Project Verified Organization. Joanne now lives in California, which is where I was born and raised. California holds most of the countries produce farms and this subject matter is threatening the future of our food.
Here are a few frequently asked questions:
What are GMO’s?
Genetically Modified Organisms or “GMO’s” are plants or animals created through gene splicing techniques of biotechnology. Basically taking DNA from different species and merging plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that would not normally occur in nature.
They are formed to withstand direct application of herbicide and or to produce an insecticide. They are promised to increase yield, obtain drought tolerance and contain enhanced nutrition; yet none of these have been proven. Instead, there is a steady growing body of evidence that is connecting GMO’s with health problems, environmental damage, and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.
Which Foods might be GMO?
Most conventionally processed foods and ingredients in them are where you will find GMO’s. The following crops are grown commercially and are at risk for GMO and have been approved for production. Alfalfa/ Corn/Sugar Beets/Zucchini & Yellow Summer Squash/ Canola/ Cotton/ Papaya/ Soy. There are also known contamination in Wheat/ Rice/ Flax. The anima derivatives are considered high risk by the Non-GMO Project standard because of potential contamination in feed and other inputs in Milk/ Meat/ Eggs/ Honey and Other bee products.
These ingredients are derived from the above at risk crops::
Yeast products/amino acids/aspartame/ascorbic acid/ sodium Ascorbate/ Vitamin C/ Citric Acid/ Sucrose/ Sodium Citrate/ Ethanol/High Fructose Corn Syrup/ Hydrolized Vegetable Protein/ Lactic Acid/ Malodextrins/ Monosodium Glutamate(MSG) Textured Vegetable Protein(TVP)/ Xanthan Gum/ Vitamins/ Molasses.
Are GMO’s safe to eat?
Most developed nations do not consider GMO’s to be safe. In more then 60 countries around the world there are banns or restrictions in production and sales of GMO’s. In the United States, the government has approved GMO’s based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale.
How do GMO’s affect farmers?
There are patents made for these life forms. There are also cases of accidental contamination on neighboring farms from drift and weather spreading seeds. Patents are made so that the companies can then sue these farms, therefore posing a threat sovereignty and to the national food security of any country where they are grown, including the United States.
What are the impacts on the environment?
More then 80% of all GMO’s grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, use of toxic herbacides like Roundup has increased 15 times since GMO’s were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of “Super weeds” and “super bugs” which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons. GMO’s are a extension of the largest chemical companies in the world. Once they are released into the environment, there is no way of clean up.
These are the fact according to the Non-GMO project. As of now, the inevitable difference in the future of our food will determine the health and environmental changes for our lives. It is up to us to be aware so that we have the educated right to choose. It is uncertain where you can find these or where to avoid them. Therefore, I believe in the legislation to at least regulate and label these man made food that as humans, our bodies do not recognize.
At DIVE, we try our best to serve you the best ingredients., and I can verify from our purveyors that the produce you will eat here, are not GMO related. Especially not the local small purveyors like our Vital Farm Egg company. Our meat will always be free range, humanely treated and grass-fed thoughtfully. Sometimes in search of a better quality product we source as far as Australia. There may be a GMO derivative in any packaged product at DIVE, commercial soda’s etc. but those are things the public demands and as a business we cant avoid giving you what you want. Therefore, support the legislation of labeling so you have a right to what you put in your body.