What makes GMO food undesirable to consumers, are the claims, proof and studies that show how eating such foods pose serious health risks to consumers. GM milk, for example, contains higher levels of IGF-1, a hormone that accelerates cancer.
But even if consumers want to protect themselves from the possible health risks, they might not be even able to do that. Currently, the US government has no provisions requiring producers of GMO foods to label their products. This means that even if consumers don’t want to get the GMO in food on their plates, they will have no means of telling whether the food they are buying is the organically grown one or the mutant version.
What Are GMO Foods Doing Dirtying Your Kitchen?
If you don’t want GMO food ending up in your kitchen table and on your dinner table there are some things that you can do.
Get to know GMO – You might not want to eat it, but knowing what are GMO foods and what their harmful effects are will help you a lot in protecting yourself.
Buy organic – GMO foods might not have labels on them but as a way to give consumer the choice, organic farmers are labeling their own products. By buying products labeled as such you aren’t only keeping yourself safe, you’re also helping the organic farmers.
Know your farmers – If you want to make certain that the food you eat is the non-GM kind, you can go one step further and get to know the farmers. Chances are there are vegetable and fruit farmers near you, even if you live in the city.
Join the movement – Unlike the European Union and Canada, the US doesn’t require the labeling of GM foods. You can help change that by asking that you have a choice whether you want GMO food on your plate or not.
GMO Fruits And Vegetables - Bad Never Looked So Healthy
Whether we want to admit it or not, GMO fruits and vegetables look pretty. They look better, they look bigger and they even taste better than the regular fruits and vegetables that we get from normal farms. But just looking healthy doesn’t mean they’re safe for you. To better protect yourself from GMOs, here are some genetically altered crops you should know about:
Golden rice – This GM rice is genetically modified to contain higher levels of beta-carotene. The beta-carotene, which is the reason for the orange color of carrots, gives the rice its golden color, thus the name.
Bt Corn - This GM corn was made to be more pest resistant. By planting this corn, farmers don’t have to use insecticides since the modified sweet corn produces its own poison, which is harmful to insects.
Fresher tomatoes – Modified tomatoes were the first GM crop that was introduced into the market. These GMO tomatoes were made to remain fresh and firm for a longer period of time.
There are other GM crops out in the market as well; and they can all threaten our family’s well being. Even if they aren’t labeled as genetically modified food, you can protect yourself and your family by arming yourself with knowledge and knowing about the different alternatives and choices that you have.