Our unconscious shopping habits over the past few decades has left us with grocery aisles full of unhealthy options such as soda, potato chips, sugary treats, overly processed package food and of course GMOs. Imagine if each of us became more concerned about our food and consciously chose GMO free items as well as healthier food. It’s the basic rule of supply and demand that we can use to bring about the change we want to see on our dinner table.
As shoppers we have greater potential in influencing our food supply and eliminating GMOs than laws or policy. The key is to learn about GMOs and to be committed to providing only GMO Free ingredients in each meal for our family.
Issues for Concern:
There is more than one reason to be concerned about GMOs and taking them all into consideration will help reenforce our commitment to a GMO Free future.
There’s a general assumption that GMO based foods are safe for human consumption since they have been approved by the FDA and are readily available on our grocer shelves. However, that is far from the truth and mothers should take extra precautions to safeguard their family from GMO foods until proven otherwise.
The companies producing GMOs are the responsible party for the testing of their products for safety and not the FDA as many people believe it to be. Once a crop product is ready for market a company submits an application along with the appropriate safety testing results to the FDA for approval. Such studies are limited to testing on animals, which are quite limited, and are not required to included any testing upon humans.
Since there haven’t been studies upon people we do not know the short or long term impacts upon us. Many companies say their products have been on the market for nearly 20 years and they haven’t seen any ill effects from them upon people. Such a statement is very misleading since no one is performing epidemiological studies or general observation of public health.
There are many claims from the public that there are detrimental effects from eating GMOs such as autism, gastrointestinal disorders like IBS, colitis, leaky gut, and crohn’s. The medical establishment has seen an increase in said disorders during the time period GMOs have been on the market but we much be careful in attributing them to GMOs until there have been the appropriate studies done to validate the claims. Though we should proceed with caution and a safe approach is to avoid GMOs.
Crops play an integral role within our environment through their relationship with soil, plants, insects, birds, mammals, and all other members of the ecosystem. Much like our lack of understanding of GMOs impact upon human health there isn’t a comprehensive understanding of GMOs and their presence within the environment.
Other issues that we should address are economics and food security.