Every health-conscious person has been bombarded with the ever-looming and scary acronym GMO. It has become a hot topic among pseudo-nutritionists and has gained momentum through the millennial age. We have been told to shun any food that doesn’t boast an “organic” label slapped on the front of the product. Genetically Modified Organisms are unavoidable despite any labels or stipulations regarding commercial sales of foodstuffs. Let us debunk the ominous misuse of the term GMO. In this article we will look at the common precautions the population implements to rid themselves of these dangerous foods and explain why it is ineffective.
Tip 1. Buy Organic
Buying Organic is the first and most obvious course of action. Organic foods have gained mass popularity in the past 10 years. It seems that organic=healthy, thus they must be GMO-free, correct? Without straying too far from the main topic, almost all organic produce is not only genetically modified but it is almost certainly inorganic.
Why doesn’t it work?
Let us analyze what the term “organic” truly means. It is a very popular term in the media, so it must follow stipulations. What is the most widely agreed upon definition follows the tune of being pesticide and chemical-free. Once we unearth the etymology of organic, it more forwardly means “noting or pertaining to a class of chemical compounds that formerly comprised only those existing in or derived from plants or animals, but that now includes all other compounds of carbon.” (Dictionary.com) From this we can gather that organic foods should hypothetically grow on their own accord and the only human interaction would be harvesting the fruit. However we have been less heavy-handed with our definitions in order to market these products.
Tip 2. Look for GMO-free Labels
Finding these labels in your local supermarket is not a daunting task. There are special isles for GMO-free items, and even specialty markets that boast their organic and GMO-free exclusive products. It may be more expensive, but it is worth it for the health benefits that have been advertised.
Why doesn’t it work?
Have you ever eaten a GMO-free banana? Turns out that no; you never have in your entire life. You see the long yellow fruit you have been purchasing cannot even survive in the wild. They have been tampered with so much that their whole cosmetic makeup hardly resembles a native banana berry. Next time you bite into a banana take a look at the seeds. Through genetic modification the seeds have shrunk so much that they are literally useless.
How do we plant more banana trees if we do not have seeds? The banana herb has developed a new specialized means of reproduction, since it no long has any seeds. Farmers use the technique called propagation in order to plant clones of their plants. The other method is that banana plants reproduce vegetatively through offshoots in their roots. There the farmer takes this offshoot and replants it. Point being is that this fruit, among countless others are all genetically modified to grow in unnatural fashions.
Tip 3. Grow Your Own
If it seems almost impossible to find GMO-free vegetables it would sound like one may need to take matters into their own hands.Living in California means that the weather stays consistent all year, which is ideal for growing your own plants. All you need is some seeds, soil and water. That way no pesticides or chemicals are used for growing your own plants. Pat yourself on the back, because you just solved your proble-
Why doesn’t it work?
Even if you were successful in growing a plant that you could harvest, it is still genetically modified. You see, once our ancestors decided to cultivate crops instead of harvesting wild plants they were indeed genetically modifying these species. If you take a plant out of its natural habitat by any means you are inadvertently changing the path of its evolution. You are now taking the plant away from its predators and symbiotic organisms.
So you refuse to put any pesticides onto your plants, thus making them organic. While it is technically possible to grow a fully organic plant it is incredibly unlikely.You want the plant to grow quickly and healthily. That calls for nutrient-enriched soil. You are already crossing the boundary by purchasing miracle grow for your “organic” plant. There are numerous chemicals and synthetic nutrients laden throughout the soil rendering your plant inorganic. So you decide to use regular soil and use only sunlight and water. Sadly, using water from your sink has traces of fluoride and chlorine. According to a report sponsored by Ralph Nader, at least 2,110 different components have been found in drinking water supplies. The plant consumes the water and now you have an inorganic organism. Unless you were to use distilled water and regular soil your plant is not organic in the original sense.
Tip 4. Avoid Eating All-Together
After reading through this article it seems hopeless to avoid GMOs. It is in plants and animals by and large. It is around all of us like germs and bacteria. These products seem malicious by lying to you about GMO-free and organic products and it does not seem right. The only action is to avoid these products at all cost.
Why doesn’t it work?
This article is not meant to be a scare tactic by any means. It is in fact, the opposite. Genetically Modified Organisms are everywhere and are not to be feared. Almost every item you purchase is modified and completely safe. Many hybrid foods are incredibly nutrient-rich and completely accepted by the FDA. They have been modified for thousands of years to have the greatest crop yield and the best tasting. Without modifying our foods in a particular manner there would be much less food with less nutrient content. One should learn to embrace the fact that modified foods should not be feared, and continue their diets without being intimidated by certain labels on their produce. Enjoy the fruit and vegetables we have been able to cultivate and munch on.