Why Choose non-GMO vs GMO?

 
 Marie Louise Munkegaard; Photographer; Copenhagen; Denmark, Dr Smood, Lifestyle, healthy food, foodphotography

When it comes to your food, does non-GMO really matter?

GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms), genetically modified crops or bioengineered foods are produced from organisms that have had changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering. Genetically Modified crops offer improved yields, longer shelf life, and resistance to drought, frost, or insect pests. And while humans have selectively bred crops for thousands of years for desirable traits, genetic modification offers these results in a single generation vs. twenty generations.

But they are a hotly debated topic, with many concerned over the safety of consuming such foods long-term - or if eating GMO foods really matters at all. At Dr Smood, we firmly believe in choosing and consuming non-GMO for your health and safety. Studies have shown an increase in health problems since the introduction of GMOs in 1996, and food allergies have also increased.

Researchers in 1996 found that the main allergen from Brazil nuts retains its allergenicity after being transferred into a GMO soybean. The Brazil nut GMO soybean has never been approved for the market, but this raise the question of suspected proteins that might cause an allergic reaction introduced into a GMO crops.

Recently, a court California awarded a man diagnosed with cancer $80.3 million after ruling that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup herbicides had caused his case of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Monsanto, recently acquired by Bayer, is a major producer of GMO foods and the aforementioned weed killer product Roundup.

GMO crops like soy, corn, cotton, etc., are engineered to resist glyphosate (an herbicide), the main ingredient in Monsanto's weed killer product Roundup. Meaning: They don’t die from it—they absorb it like a sponge. Glyphosate is the world’s most widely produced herbicide. And those crops not designed to be Roundup-resistant are often saturated with glyphosate as a drying agent before harvest—increasing our exposure to the chemical. As a result, many of the common GMOs in the American diet are loaded with glyphosate.

What’s more, is the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has deemed glyphosate as a “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

“Why are we waiting for any more scientific research to prove these chemicals are dangerous for our health, while knowing very well, that the pharmaceutical and food industries first and foremost important agenda is to make money NOT to take care of the health of the citizens of this country?” says Dr. Etti Ben-Zion, VP of Research & Development at Dr Smood.  

GMOs and glyphosate is NOT allowed in organic agriculture or foods.

Non-GMO

  • Maximum nutrients: non-GMO foods contain more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients.

  • Free from exposure to dangerous and toxic chemicals used in GMO foods and conventional agriculture.

GMO

  • Resistant to glyphosate, a widely used herbicide. Instead, GMO crops absorb this toxic chemical.

  • Named a “probable human carcinogen” by the WHO.

  • Potential cause for increase in food allergies.

  • Consumption can cause the potential development of diseases which are immune to antibiotics.

 
Marietta Leung