As a holistic nutritionist I imagine that my stance on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may be fairly obvious to you, however, I understand that everyone has a different perspective on the topic. I would encourage you to do your own informed research on the subject but in the meantime, here are just 3 reasons why I choose to stay away from GMOs (trust me, there are more, but that is for another day!):
1. Limited Diversity. Food manufacturers choose what types of produce go to market, and all of the GMO breeds that are selected have been chosen because they provide the greatest yield, size, uniformity of product, and ability to withstand transportation and temperature change. Maintaining nutritional integrity and flavour factor very low on this scale, if at all. So we are left with a few breeds to fulfill these so-called desirable characteristics, and literally thousands of other species are edged out in the market. The more we genetically modify our foods, the more good stuff we lose!
2. Possible Health Implications. At this time, genetic food modification is a relatively new science (since the mid-1900s). I know that many pro-GMOs would argue that humans have been selectively breeding plants and animals for hundreds of years, but I would say that it has never been done to this degree, so quickly, and to the detriment of human health. Playing around with our food supply can’t be a good thing and there have been a few preliminary studies done that don’t look too promising. I don’t know about you, but if prescription medications and drugs need to undergo extensive clinical trials before they go to market, I think GMO foods should too.
3. Chemical Exposure. One of the biggest reasons I choose to eat non-GMO food is to limit my exposure to unnecessary chemicals. Chemical residues are stored in fat cells when ingested because our bodies don’t know what to do with them. This can start us on the pathway for many debilitating diseases, including certain cancers. Any little bit that will help me reach my goal of being a centenarian is much appreciated, thankyouverymuch!