Many people mistakenly believe that food is just food, they couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a huge difference between genetically modified food or GMO foods, and organic foods. Let’s examine this more closely.
What Exactly Are Genetically Modified Foods?
Genetically modified foods are when a gene is inserted into an organism that it wouldn’t normally be found in. The gene is usually from a virus or bacteria and designed to change how the food is grown. It is believed that this can change the genetic code in the plants and or animals and make them more resistant to pests or other things that would kill them. It is also believed to make the crop more productive.
Pros Of GMO Foods
It takes less money to produce the foods.
Fewer herbicides and pesticides are required.
There are fewer weeds invading the crop.
Cons Of GMO Foods
- There are now superweeds that resist the normal herbicides.
- Many of the plants now produce their own bacterial toxins that have led to resistant bugs.
- Humans are now ingesting these bacteria and toxins.
- Crop yields are disappointing.
GMOs are new to humans and there are many allergic reactions. There are also new incidences of cancer due to the changed chemicals in the products.
Many of the agricultural products are becoming cross-contaminated with GMOs. This is turning humans into guinea pigs regarding trying out new products and not all of those products are healthy.
Now let’s examine more on Organic foods.
Of course, many people consider the fact that organic foods can be priced up to fifty percent higher than their GMO counterparts. Why is this?
Organic foods are more expensive to grow due to the fact that they need to be certified, they are more labor intensive in tilling and removing weeds and that there is the need to apply large amounts of organically approved pesticides.
It’s important to note here, that certified organic foods are non-GMO foods. According to USDA regulations, organic foods can’t allow any genetically modified ingredients in their certified organic products. Per USDA laws, organic foods must be 95 to 100 percent organic.
Pros Of Organic Foods
No pesticides can be used in the growth of organic foods. However, don’t mix this up with Non-GMO foods, many of these can be grown with pesticides.
Round-Up can’t be used in organic crops. However, Non-GMO crops can use round-up.
Organic crops don’t use the toxic hexane. Many oils like soybean, corn, and canola use hexane to extract the oils. Hexane is a neurotoxin.
Sewage sludge is not allowed to be used on organic products.
Organic meats don’t have any growth hormones added to them. Studies show that meat products with growth hormones can adversely affect the cardiovascular system.
Animals raised organically aren’t given any products with antibiotics in them which can create superbugs.
Organic products must be certified organic. Non-GMO labels can be used by anyone.
People who eat organic foods are healthier than those who eat foods laden with pesticides, herbicides, and hormones.
You’ll pay less in doctors visits from ill effects of the chemicals and antibiotics in other foods.
Cons Of Organic Foods
Organic foods are more expensive to produce therefore they are more expensive to purchase, however, the trade off is better health.
Clearly, it’s important to minimize exposure to harmful chemicals that can adversely affect your health. Today, many people have an overabundance of toxins in their bodies due to plastics, heavy metals and other compounds that are found in their foods. Many of these metals and other compounds can lead to a variety of forms of cancer.
Sadly, today, even “safe” levels of many of the substances that were previously considered safe are now considered harmful to our bodies. These substances are found in GMO foods and foods that are labeled Non-GMO. Organic foods don’t have any of these compounds in them.
Hormones added to foods can lead to higher levels of estrogen and cause lab rats to develop cancers. When combined with low levels of arsenic, which is often found in nonorganic foods, they have an even higher incidence of cancers.
Sadly, unless we choose organic foods, we’re exposing ourselves to harmful toxins that can cause a myriad of health issues at some point in our lives. Even canned foods can have contaminants in them from the lining of the can.
It’s confusing at best to try and wander through the supermarket in search of healthy foods. It seems that if it’s in the supermarket it should be healthy, however, that’s rarely the case.
Know where your organic foods come from and ask questions. Seek out Farmers Markets and ask questions when you’re purchasing foods.
Whenever possible choose healthy food options such as organic produce and grass-fed beef. Select free-range poultry as well as wild-caught fish at every opportunity.
The bottom line, organic foods are foods that are grown with no added chemicals or growth hormones. There are no antibiotics and they are healthier.
Remember, organic foods are more costly to produce and therefore more expensive to purchase. However, keep in mind that you can pay more for the organic foods, or you can pay more out in doctors bills.
The debate on Organic foods vs GMO foods will be ongoing for many a year to come. Meanwhile, choose your foods wisely and select foods that have no added chemicals or harmful antibiotics added to them.
Once you understand the difference between genetically modified foods and organic foods you’re sure to want to make the best selection of foods for your family. No one would willingly start down the path of eating chemicals and pesticides as well as added hormones.
Shop organic and use less processed foods to ensure your family’s health. You’ll be healthier and pay less at the doctors office in the long run than those who choose other options. It’s an easy decision. Read labels, ask questions and when in doubt, don’t buy it.