By now you have likely heard the expression “Once upon a time all food was organic.” Or maybe you have heard of new demands for GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling. These are just come clues that consumers are finally becoming more conscious of what they are putting into their bodies. With possibilities of cross-pollination from commercial farms, some people are fearful that GMO crops could put an end to organic farming. Many people are pushing for GMO labeling because we have the right to know what we put into our bodies. Consider these three issues surrounding GMO foods and decide for yourself whether you want your food to be labeled.
1. Food Quality and Sustainability
It has been proven that genetically engineered foods have a longer shelf life due to the addition of pesticides and alterations in DNA. But does this make them more sustainable? Produce quality is judged by the mineral content because more minerals imply a stronger and higher quality plant. Preliminary tests show that organic plants have 90% more minerals than plants that have been sprayed and chemically fertilized. This also suggests that organic foods provide better nutrition on all levels because they contain greater quantities of vitamins and phytonutrients.
2. Gene Transfers and Food Toxins
Gene transfers often disrupt the DNA sequence in an organism, resulting in alterations to cell chemistry. In GMO foods, the cell chemistry is altered, producing toxins and allergens that the human body has never experienced before. These toxins and allergens may result in a host of health problems that could be prevented by organic farming.
3. The Biotechnology Industry and Biodiversity
The Biotech industry has promised that genetically engineered (GE) crops will reduce dependence on poison sprays. However, these crops have been engineered to resist deadly herbicides that kill everything but the plant itself. These companies are creating markets for their own unsustainable and environmentally damaging products. Biotech companies also promise that GE/GMO crops represent the solution to feeding the world's poorest countries; however, many third world natives disagree. They feel that GE crops will destroy biodiversity, local knowledge, and sustainable agricultural systems and undermine their capacity to feed themselves. Indigenous knowledge has fed, clothed and healed the world for millennia. Organic farming is the cause for sustained natural biodiversity all over the world.
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