We Say ‘No’ to GMOs

By Megan Vick

Let’s face it: Good or bad, GMOs are sketchy – at best.

 

We don’t know enough about them to make informed decisions on whether or not they are beneficial or harmful. Another reason we say “No” to GMOs is because it’s nearly impossible to tell how they’ve been altered. Frequently, plant genes are spliced with animal genes to give the plant resistance to a certain type of disease, or a certain type of pesticide/herbicide. When this occurs, we, at Shorganics, no longer think the plant is vegan. As weird as that sounds, there are some GMO plants that we would not classify as vegan. This is one of the many reasons why we are uber-careful when it comes to sourcing our ingredients.

 

We also say no to GMOs because they don’t promote genetic diversity within a plant species. Genetic diversity is what gives us wonderful things like different varieties of apples, eggplants, and dozens more fruits and veggies. As a society, we are making the mistake of assuming we know more about preserving a plant species than the plant itself.

 

GMOs are seemingly everywhere, but you try to minimize your interactions with them.  Here’s how can you say “No” to GMOs:

  • Buy local & ask your farmer questions
  • Buy organic
  • Grow your own organic veggies!
  • Stay away from food products with non-organic sugar, cotton, corn (and corn syrup), and soybean (or soybean oil)

 

Namaste.

 

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2 thoughts on “We Say ‘No’ to GMOs

  1. I agree, I think the GMO and artificial ingredients are just as important or more so to be aware of then whether it is Organically grown or not, although I would prefer “all of the above”
    However, how do you tell if the seeds or sprouted veggie plants that are ready to put in your garden are GMO or not?

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    • The best way to ensure the seed or sprouted plants is to buy organic seeds from a reputable supplier. There are suppliers who also certify seeds as “Cultivated without Chemicals” or “Wild Harvested.” Short of having seeds and plants tested, there is not a hard and fast way to tell, unfortunately. It’s also possible to buy small quantities of seeds from farmers who produce organic crops. It’s just a matter of speaking with the farmer and developing a relationship. To be safe, always buy corn, cotton, sugar beets, and soybeans as organic. 🙂

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