I didn’t grow up organic. Let’s be honest here, I barely touched a fruit or vegetable growing up and ate dirt. But it was also a different time. A time when food was safe and companies didn’t compensate or risk the world’s health for an extra dollar.
So the other day I came home and gave my kids an afternoon snack of Yoplait yogurt. Healthy right? Yeah that’s what I thought, too. However, have you ever actually looked at the back of the packaging? On the back it clearly states in bold “Produced with Genetic Engineering”. I don’t know why I chose to look at it this time but since then I’ve changed my shopping habits for good!
Have you ever heard of GMO?
Non-GMO Project explains it pretty well, “A GMO, or genetically modified organism, is a plant, animal, microorganism or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified using recombinant DNA methods (also called gene splicing), gene modification or transgenic technology. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
Genetic modification affects many of the products we consume on a daily basis. As the number of GMOs available for commercial use grows every year…”
Am I the only one freaking out over here? It’s not even real food! I showed my husband, who was like what the heck is GMO? I just eat what you feed me. Lol! And I told myself I wouldn’t buy Yoplait anymore. Well, since then I’ve been monitoring and checking the labels of the food we have and I’m still shocked as to how many brands allow genetic engineering of their products. I mean I’m talking brands like V-8, Oreo, General Mills, Gerber, Kellogg, Boca, Kashi, Nature Valley, and formula companies like Enfamil and Similac (another reason why I’ll be a big advocate on breastfeeding)! Even chicken, beef, and pork all come from cloned animals, synthetic biology, who are fed GMO feed. Like what the what?!
The “natural” label is such a sham! And get this, companies don’t have to tell you that their products contain GMO’s or other harmful chemicals and there is extremely limited safety testing required. Why is nothing being done about this?
Now I’m not over here trying to tell you to boycott these brands and burn down buildings but I am urging you to really study and read what you are giving your family and yourself. I know buying organic or GMO-free foods could get expensive but I really strive to stock up when there are sales. I, also, keep an eye out on my Ibotta app for cashback opportunities. Another thing you can do is ensure you are washing your fruits and veggies. Seriously you should try it. I found some awesome ones on Pinterest and when you see how much crap comes off of your food you’ll understand where I’m coming from.
Now don’t get me wrong, if you pass me in the grocery store you’ll probably find 7-Up and Cheezits in my cart. And life is this great balancing act, in more ways than one. I just want what’s best for my children and for them to grow up in a healthy body, and that sets the tone for the rest of their lives.
I’d love to hear your opinion on this and what you do to keep your family healthy!