This part 6 of my video series, Switch Over to a Real Food Lifestyle in 10 Easy Steps. You can view the introduction video here, step 1 here, step 2 here, step 3 here, and step 4, and step 5 here. Don’t forget that you can buy your own copy of How to Switch Over to a Real Food Lifestyle in 10 Easy Steps and follow along while we take this journey (it’s only $4.99).
Step 6 – Look for Non-GMO Project Verified Products
*Note: For previous videos, I was only writing a short summary but after many requests from readers, I’ll be including the script of the video in each post as well. I’ll be slowly updating older videos to include the script.
Today, we talk all about what GMOs are, what the Non-GMO Project Verified symbol is and how it can help us stay away from GMOs. Watch the video below.
The 6th step in our journey is looking for Non-Gmo Project Verified products.
So what is a GMO? A GMO is a genetically modified organism – so these genes have been altered in a laboratory by scientists. Basically what they do is they take a gene from a plant, animal or virus and insert it into another plant, animal or virus and they could be two different things.
A good example would be taking the genes of a fish that is found in freezing waters and inserting it into a tomato to make the tomato freeze-tolerant. This is something that has never been done in nature before, right? Kinda weird.
Okay, so that is what a GMO is. But you may be wondering why you should be concerned.
Well, the GMO issue is an ongoing fight. You’ve got advocates that are for GMOs that say GMOs help feed world hunger, they help farmers by reducing pesticide usage and making it more profitable for the farmers because they can guarantee a better yield result. But, advocates against GMOs say they are not properly tested and we don’t know the affects of the GMOs on our health or on our environment.
So you’ve got two sides and you can’t really find a clear study. I mean, you have studies but you don’t know who the studies have been backed by.
So, my thoughts on GMOs is that because they have not been significantly tested for long periods of times, I’d rather just take the safe road and stay away from them. If our government and scientists can come up with a good, unbiased independent study that says GMOs are safe for us, then okay, I’d look at that. BUT, that’s not the case. There are many ties with the government and the biotech industry so there is really nothing you can trust. I’d rather just take the safe road and stay away from them.
Another big concern with GMOs is that they’re not labeled so you don’t whether or not you’re consuming a GMO. That’s unfortunate because we should know what’s in our food. The mass majority of us don’t know that GMOs even exist. Fortunately more people are starting to talk about it but you know, we should be able to say, “Okay this product has GMOs in it, I’m going to do my research and I’m going to make an educated decision based on the research I made, and then I’m going to decide whether or not I’m going to eat this product.” But, because it’s not labeled, we can’t really do that because we don’t know where the GMOs are.
A good thing for you to do is to look for Non-GMO Project Verified logos. Basically the Non-GMO Project Verified products have a symbol on them; it’s a blue square and has a butterfly and plant. The Non-GMO Project Verified organization independently tests products for GMO traces. This is North America’s only independent tester so this a company we can trust. If you want to stay away from GMOs or you’re not really sure about them, a good way to avoid them is by looking for the symbol. You can find it on eggs, chips, salad dressing… it’s on a whole slew of products. Looking for that symbol and the certified organic symbol is a way to stay away from GMOs.
A thing to note about the organic symbol is that you have to turn the product around, look at the ingredients and make sure all of them are certified organic. Sometimes a product can say organic but really only 50% of the ingredients are and then you may have derivatives that come from GMOs that are not organic. That’s something to keep an eye out for.
Your challenge this week is to go to the store and get familiar with the Non-GMO Project Verified symbol. I want you to take a stroll and see which products have it so you know which options you have. Remember, voting with our dollar is the very quickest way to make a change in our food system. Without money, companies can’t thrive. If we say, “Listen, I want to buy products that are Non-GMO Project Verified and I choose these over products that potentially do have GMOs” and we put our money into these companies, things are going to change. I’m hopeful that is going to happen. So next time you shop, just make sure you keep in mind which products are Non-GMO Project Verified and if you can support them, that’s the way to go.
I hope you enjoyed this video and I can’t wait to see you next week!
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