GMOs: Learn the basics of GMOs
Have you noticed that GMOs are big news now? Perhaps you’ve never heard of it before, or maybe you are confused by the information from opposing sides in this very contentious debate. It’s a topic that we feel strongly about here at Life Foods. We’re loud and proud to be GMO-free for our whole product line. We are currently certified organic, and we are in process of our Non-GMO Project verification.
At Life Foods, we do not support genetically-modified foods (also known as GMOs, genetically engineered foods or bioengineered foods). Genetic modification of food is a technological process that changes plants at the genetic (DNA) level, done usually by inserting plant or bacterial DNA with desirable traits into existing plants. Examples of this include bacterial integration into corn to resist pests (known as Bt corn, effectively growing pest resistance inside the plant itself), and salmon genes inserted into tomatoes to resist cold (this experiment was tested and failed, and no vegetables with animal genes are on the market).
Many of the companies that are proponents of GMOs claim that these foods are the solution to hunger and a solution to farming in the face of climate change; however, many international bodies and scientific researchers have concluded that actually organic agricultural methods, especially those done on smaller scales, have the ability to feed more people, maintain soil health, reduce the use of chemical inputs and actually produce more food per acre that GM crops.
The most common GM foods are corn, soy, cotton and cottonseed, canola, Hawaiian papaya and zucchini. There have been many experiments on other crops too (potatoes, tomatoes, apples, salmon) but these are not yet available for market. There have been no long-term studies on the effects of these GM foods on our bodies. We are currently living the experiment, as the majority of processed food in the market contains one or more of the most common GM ingredients. Avoiding the most common GM ingredients and choosing organic foods is the best way to avoid GMOs entirely.
Life Foods is currently working with The Non-GMO Project, a third-party verification company that ensures the integrity of our ingredients from seed to production. We do not use any of the most common GMO ingredients listed above (which are, incidentally, some of the most common allergens). We support organic farmers and organic companies that are also Non-GMO verified.
If you wish to learn more about GMOs, we recommend the following resources: