Genetically Modified Organism (GMO): An organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques (also know as a genetically engineered organism).
GMOs are pervasive in our food supply now, so it’s important to have accurate information about what foods are GMO and what implications eating GMOs have to our health.
99% of the GMOs on the market today are engineered to have one of two traits or both.
Trait #1: Glyphosate Resistance
This trait is injected into crops in order to make them resistant to being sprayed with large amounts of the herbicide glyphosphate. This means they can be sprayed with a much higher amount of glyphosate and still not be harmed. And in fact, since the introduction of GMOs into our food supply, we have seen a 526 million pound increase in the amount of herbicide that is sprayed in our country. Glyphosate is toxic, and it has recently been classified as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization.
Trait #2: Engineered BT Toxin
BT Toxin is a soil bacteria, and the gene that produces this toxin is sliced into a corn or a soy or a sugar beet plant. And when these plants are modified to produce this toxin, we are actually eating an insecticide. This plant is genetically modified to kill insects. They eat the BT Toxin in large amounts, and the BT Toxin ruptures their gut and the insect dies.
It’s becoming more and more clear that eating GMOs is not part of a diet for wellness and health, and as consumers, we have an incredible amount of power to make choices that benefit our health and also benefit the health of our planet.
Tips for Avoiding GMOs
First of all and foremost, buy organic. That’s the easiest way to avoid GMOs. It’s also the best way to avoid pesticides generally.
Avoid high risk products. 80% of processed foods have GMO ingredients in them. Ingredients such as corn oil, maltodextrin, and soy protein.
So the topic of GMOs is a complex one, but the good news is that if you’re following a diet for health and wellness, you’re automatically avoiding most GMOs.