GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, have been at the center of heated debate all over the world over the last few years. An outcry from organic farmers has caused a serious uprising against big agriculture corporations, such as Monsanto.
Despite the fact that scientific studies have shown that GMOs cause harm to human, animals, and the Earth and many people having been speaking out against their use recently, there are now more genetically altered foods on the market than ever.
Corn is one of the most commonly known, and widely distributed, genetically modified foods. It has been estimated that more than half of all U.S. farms growing corn are growing GMO corn, despite concerns that it has been linked to weight gain and organ disruption.
If you’re interested in putting the healthiest foods possible into your body, it’s important to start making a conscious effort to avoid GMOs. However, that will always be easier said than done until we can effectively label, or even ban entirely, genetically modified foods.
In the mean time, here are a few simple tips that will help you avoid those pesky GMOs at the store:
When shopping make sure you look for the organic alternatives to the essential food items you typically buy. If the label doesn’t claim to be “100% Organic,” you’ll probably still be buying something that’s been genetically altered.
Check Fruit and Veggie Numbers
You might not even know that your fruits and veggies are numbered, but a little examination will reveal what we’re talking about. If you pick up a fruit or veggie with a four-digit number, it has been produced with conventional methods. If it has a five-digit number beginning with an 8, it’s a GMO fruit or veggie. Five-digit numbers beginning in 9 are used for organic produce.
Get Technological Help
Certain apps, such as Fooducate, allow you to scan foods to determine the entire ingredients list, as well as whether or not that food has been genetically altered. These apps can be incredibly effective in helping you make sure you’re not eating unnecessary and unhealthy chemicals.
Go for Grass-Fed
When it comes to beef, if it’s not 100% grass-fed, it can’t be labeled anything other than genetically modified. This is because cattle’s primary diet, if not grass, consists solely of corn, or other grains, that have been genetically altered.
Find a Farmer’s Market
The farmer’s market in your town is the best place to find fresh, organic produce at the most reasonable prices. It can always help you make sure your local farmers’ market is a GMO-free environment, and you’ll also be supporting your local economy.
Grow your Own!
While most people think growing their own food is incredibly complicated, it can actually be much easier than you think. If you take this route, it’s important to start small, with a small windowsill herb tray, and work your way to up to a larger, outdoor planter box.
When it comes to the food you put in your body, you have a right to know everything that goes into it, and you shouldn’t settle for anything less. We hope this article gave you a better idea of what GMOs are and how you can go about avoiding them!