The Berger Bungalow: GMO Talk

GMO Talk
Posted on:10.26.2016

I had every intention of sharing my kitchen with you today, but I got my TdaP booster yesterday and my body is just not liking it, so I have just been curled up on the couch and haven’t wanted to take pictures, BUT I am hoping to get my kitchen post up either tomorrow, or Friday at latest! I was just going to skip posting today, but this happened:

As I was scrolling through Facebook today, I came across this post (thanks for posting, Rachel!!), and I knew that I just had to post a little bit on the subject. If you don’t want to read it yourself, basically the article states that Salmon, the first GMO Animal has been approved by the FDA. Let’s look at what GMOs are all about:

Picture found on Google.
What is a GMO?
A GMO is short for Genetically Modified Organism. In short, scientists take animals, plants, etc. and change the genetic makeup. According to the Non-GMO Project, "This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.”

Are GMO’s safe for you to eat?
This is a hard question to answer because there are SO many different opinions and I think it all depends on what you want to believe. What I do know is that most developed countries do NOT consider them to be safe. Most developed countries ban the production and sale of GMOs. The studies for GMOs have been completed by the corporations that created GMOs in the first place and therefore profit from the sales of GMO products. GMOs are NOT required to be labelled in the US.

If GMOs aren’t labeled, how do we know if we are eating them?
If you are eating a lot of processed foods, you might be surprised that most of them contain GMOs. There are so many hidden ingredients that are GMO, so it is hard to be 100% certain that what you are eating is Non-GMO if you are not eating fully organic, but there are a few tips! Eating Organic is the way to go because GMOs are prohibited in all Organic food. You can also check the packaging on processed foods. If it does not contain GMOs, it should be verified by The Non-GMO Project & will have a seal stating so. 

Do I eat GMOs?
Yes and no. I try my best to avoid them as much as possible because I personally do not believe in modifying foods, BUT with most processed foods having GMOs in them, it is really hard to avoid them completely. I try my best to eat 90% organic, but there are always a few items that I cannot find, or a few guilty pleasures (candy bars, etc) that I eat that do contain GMO’s. Also, when going out to dinner, I don’t really worry about it. I try to choose healthier options, but I am not going to sit there and ask them if their products are organic, contain GMOs, etc.

With all of this being said, DO YOUR RESEARCH! Everyone has different opinions on GMOs, so go with what you think is best for your family. Like I mentioned above, I personally try my best to avoid them. I do not have all of the facts and I am not the most knowledgable person on the subject, but I do know that there has definitely been an increase in children born with allergies and it could be related to GMOs. Do you research, look up information on it and make your own conclusions! For those that do want to avoid them, I have created a sheet with the most common crops that do have GMOs in them. This list is not complete, so look up a larger list if you are concerned. :)

Places to start if you want more info on GMOs:
OMG GMO documentary on Netflix - recommended by Rachel! :)

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