Green Peace describes genetically modified organisms as:
“created by taking genes from organisms such as bacteria, viruses or animals and inserting them into other, often unrelated, species. Unlike traditional breeding, genetic engineering creates new organisms that would never occur in nature, creating new and unpredictable health and environmental risks. The term ‘genetically engineered (GE) food’ refers to any product containing or derived from GMOs.”
According to studies, GM foods are unhealthy and often cause food allergies, reproductive disorder, digestive disorders, and the like. With this in mind, we parents should be vigilant when it comes to protecting our children from such products.
Below are some tips to keep GMOs out of our homes:
- Opt for organic food. These are described as grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Fresh produce that do not come from GMO seeds are widely available these days.
- Check the source of protein products like milk, cheese, eggs, beef, chicken, and pork. These might be fed with GMOs.
- Avoid food with additives derived from corn, canola, soy, cotton and sugar beets since these are commonly genetically modified.
- If you don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, opt for frozen ones that are labeled additive-free.
- Look for no-GMO certifications like the one from the GMO Guard Verification Program from Natural Food Certifiers. Always read labels thoroughly before purchasing.