You, like the rest of the world, have probably heard about the great advantages of genetic engineering. How genetic engineering was going to change the agriculture industry and end world hunger. How third world countries were going to benefit most from the advantages of GMO or genetically modified organisms. For years, genetic engineering was promoted as the Holy Grail of agriculture.
Of course, studies were made to prove the validity of these claims. Tests were made to make sure that using genetically engineered organisms were safe for human consumption. Observations were conducted to make sure that using genetically modified plants and animals won’t wreak havoc on the environment. All these resulted in a list of advantages and disadvantages of GMO.
However, organic growers and individuals against GMO claim that the list is a biased one. That there are more reported benefits in the list than there should be. And less disadvantages indicated in the list than there actually are. The experts, for their part, are saying otherwise.
GMO Safety Starts By Staying Away From Modified Food
Keeping safe from GMO lies in your hand. If the two sides continue to debate GMO safety, then it is up to you to keep yourself and your household safe from modified foods.
And your safety starts from keeping away from modified foods. Since modified food don’t have labels indicating they are such, you should follow these simple tips, which will help you stay away from genetically modified food.
Here's some tips to stay away from GMO foods:
1). Buy organic
Organic producers indicate that their products are organic. This is an extremely good thing since it gives you, the consumer, and the ability to exercise your right to choose which product ends up on your dinner table.
2). Stay away from ‘high risk’ ingredients
High risk ingredients are ingredients that are most likely genetically modified crops. For example, soya beans, are high risk ingredients since majority of the soybeans produced in the US are genetically modified. Buying products made from these beans means they are already GMO tainted.
3). Buy from local markets
Local markets give you the chance to meet the producers and farmers. You can talk to them regarding how their produce was grown. Doing so helps you ascertain whether the product you are going to buy is GMO or not.
4). Plant an organic vegetable garden
Planting a vegetable garden is easy. Doing so will not only supply you with organically raised vegetables, but it will also teach you to be self-sufficient. Plus, it’s also a fun way to keep healthy.
Genetic Engineering Advantages Are Nothing But Hogwash
Sure they can always talk about the genetic engineering advantages, but as long as you aren’t 100% certain that the benefits of GMO do not have GMO health risks then you should treat the reports of genetic engineering advantages as nothing but hogwash.
After all, as long as the government allows the planting and raising of genetically modified plants and animals, you are in danger of unknowingly consuming GM foods. So keep a tight watch on the products that you buy and eat.