Updated: Aug 18, 2020
GMO definition, examples, companies that use gmos, gmo free shopping tips, and my favorite stores
Merriam-Webster defines GMO as an abbreviation for genetically modified organism.
*Genetically being the adverb of genetic – defined as “of, relating to, or involving genes
*Modified being past tense of modify – to change some parts of (something) while not changing other parts.
*Organism an individual constituted to carry on the activities of life by means of organs separate in function but mutually dependent : a living being
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So, according to that information, a GMO is a living being that has had some of its genetic parts changed. Now how does that relate to our food? Well, considering our food has genes because it was grown from either birth or seed, I follow the thought that our food is changed on a genetic level. Is that good or bad, I won’t be your parent and answer that for you. I will say that in my home, the less food we consume that is genetically modified, the less we seem to suffer from common aliments like asthma symptoms, eczema and bowel issues like gas and constipation.
Some of the most commonly modified foods are corn, soy, canola, alfalfa and milk just to name a few. Many countries have banned GMOs and the use of growth hormones in milk and while the Unites States has not yet banned their use. There have been some discussion on the mandatory labeling of GMO products but as of this post, nothing has been made into law.
Some of the most familiar GMO producing companies are BASF, Bayer, Dupont, Dow Chemical Company, Monsanto, and Syngenta. These particular companies dominate the agricultural input market — that is, they own a huge majority the world’s seed, pesticide and biotechnology industries.
When I am shopping for my family, I try to look for the “GMO Free” label on the products. If I cannot find specifically GMO free, then I look for organic. The catch with all things food related is to stay aware of major industry news. What does organic and GMO free mean to the food industry and what does that mean for you? There are lots of rumors on the Internet and in local communities about what is safe and what is not based on culture, tradition or profits, depending on who you ask. If I can suggest anything, do some research and shop local.
D Goosby of JD's Organic Productions is a wife and a mom to 8 beautiful kids including 2 sets of twins. At one point, she weighed close to 300 lbs and then lost half of it just to put most of it back on. D eventually got tired of the yo-yo. She learned some hidden truths about our food system and decided to get educated and make lasting changes. D studied to become a certified personal trainer, nutrition coach, and peristeam practitioner because she realized that she was not alone in wanting to make healthy lifestyle changes but lacking the knowledge to make anything permanent.
That is what D does today, she helps busy moms like herself, get back to where they feel good again, they look the way they want to look and they get to be a healthy role model for their families and friends.