What are GMOs? (and how to avoid them)

To ensure your foods are GMO-free, look for the “Non GMO Project Verified” seal. Click on the logo for details!

Many are unaware of the fact GMOs are increasingly impacting our nation’s food supply, so I thought it important to include a post on what GMOs are and why/how to avoid them.

What is a GMO? 
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are made by forcing genes from one species, such as bacteria, viruses, animals or humans, into the DNA of a food crop or animal to introduce a new trait. Thus, the term to describe them – “Frankenfoods” – was born!  For more facts about GMOs, please visit the Non-GMO Project.

Why Should I Avoid GMOs?
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine reported that “several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. For more about the dangers of GMOs, click here.

How to avoid GMOs
• Buy Organic: Certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients.

• Look for Non-GMO Project Seals: Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal are independently verified to be in compliance with North America’s only third party standard for GMO avoidance, including testing of at-risk ingredients.

• Avoid at-risk ingredients: If it’s not labeled organic, or verified non-GMO, avoid products made with ingredients that might be derived from GMOs. For a complete listing, visit the Institute of Responsible Technology and also read the Top 10 GMO Foods.

• Download IRT’s free Non-GMO Shopping Guide.

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  1. di says

    Well that’s some what discouraging.
    where we live in Aus organic dairy is hard to come by.
    Today I discovered that rice is now GMO.
    Is there nothing that is safe to eat in a small tight budget
    where the family are all coeliac.Rice was my safe staple filler when
    Good priced veg were not available. At least I don’t have to worry about
    Sugar as ours is mostly sugar cane.I’m coming to the conclusion
    that I won’t buy the obvious GMO products and leave the questionable
    Products in Gods hands.wish I could afford to do everything organic.

    • says

      I couldn’t agree more, Di. It is discouraging, but doing the best you can with what you have and entrusting your life to the Lord is the best way to live. Love your sweet heart and Godly viewpoint! Blessings to you, Kelly :)

      • di says

        My humble apologies,I just re-read my comment
        and saw how negative and ungreatful it came across.Please forgive me
        and thank you for your kind words.Feel free to delet the commet
        Your doing a great Job and I love reading your blog:).

        • says

          Don’t even give it a second thought. I didn’t feel like you were being ungrateful. I understand that it can be hard to balance between trying to make the best choices we can with the resources we have available. And I truly do agree 100% with you that we first need to trust in the Lord and not become wrapped up in making food the source of our joy and well being. Blessings and thank you for your sweet apologies. Again, no worries. Blessings to you, Kelly :)

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