As part of the Real Food Challenge at Nourished Kitchen, today she took a break to discuss GMOs.
What is a GMO you may ask? According to Wikipedia, Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from genetically modified organisms. Genetically modified organisms have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering.
Doesn’t sound too appetizing to me. Some examples of GMOs are soy, corn, and canola.From the email: Canola, soy, corn and growing number of other crops have been genetically engineered, and, for this reason it’s critical to purchase your food from organic sources and avoid processed foods – many of which contain GMO-deriviative ingredients.
From the email: Alfalfa is a crop primarily fed to beef and dairy cattle. It relies on open pollination by bees. Alfalfa, like many other crops including soy and corn, has been genetically engineered to withstand heavy application of herbicide. This Roundup Ready Alfalfa was originally approved by the USDA without adequate time to judge its environmental impact or the effects on farmers not wishing to grow GE alfalfa and organic consumers. A lawsuit was filed by alfalfa growers and activist groups, and the result was that the USDA had to take a closer look at the genetically engineered crop.
I don’t know about any of you, but I don’t want to consume anything that has been fed RoundUp. 🙂