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Everything You Need To Know About GMO

Updated on March 29, 2013

Many people do not care about the labels found in products. Most of us do not read the labels that contain ingredients that may be harmful to our health. I'm sure you have heard about GMO or Genetically Modified Organisms. Some food products have Non- GMO labels at the front side of the boxes. But what are Genetically Modified Organisms? It means that it reduces the risks of diseases in crops and increases the food supply. But some health practitioners are having reservations about GMO's because according to medical research, genetically engineered products are linked to chronic diseases. The Dr. Oz Show had a topic about GMO's that enlightened the viewers. The Co CEO of supermarket giant Whole Foods Walter Robb, issued a statement and said that they are taking steps to regulate food safety by preventing the sale of genetically modified sea foods. But how does GMO work?

Dr. Oz described the concept behind it. For example, a tomato cannot survive in cold weather. What they do is that they take a gene from a fish because they can survive the cold weather. Then they place the gene inside the tomato so it can thrive in cold weather. Dr. Oz encouraged consumers to be more vigilant in buying produce. We need to encourage all food chains and groceries to label their food to ensure safety. Here are some tips on how to avoid genetically modified foods.

1. Food vendors and suppliers- These people are not required by law to label GMO food. Dr. Oz suggested that we should go organic, meaning the products are not genetically modified. Look for the labels that say USDA Organic. This means that the products are regulated by the USDA.

2. Avoid buying these crops: Canola, corn, zucchini, soy, and sugar beets. If these products are not labeled organic, then don't buy it.

3. Switch cooking oils- Olive oil and Safflower Oil are less likely to contain GMO.

4. Look for voluntary labeling seals- One seal that we should look out for is the NON- GMO project label. It means that the product was verified by nongmoproject.org. This is a non profit group that tests products. It doesn't necessarily mean that it's GMO free, but it only contains no more than .9% of GMO organisms.

There is an ongoing debate about GMO's. It is a hot button issue that raises the concerns of medical practitioners. Most of the products that we buy in the supermarket are not good for us. We have to make it a habit to read food labels every time we buy food for our families. It is better to be safe than sorry.

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