Genetically modified organisms often referred to as GMOs, have become a hot topic in the wellness industry and something that more people are steering clear of (for good reason). From harming the environment to threatening our health, genetically modified organisms are something that we believe strongly in keeping out of the products we offer you.
Read on as we dive deep into exactly what they are and why they are something you’ll want to avoid.
What are GMOs?
Plain and simple — GMOs are live organisms that have been modified in a lab through a process called genetic engineering, many of which are created to survive heavy pesticide and herbicide exposure.
The Dangers of GMOs to Our Health
So why is this bad? For one, nearly 80% of GMO crops have been produced to withstand herbicide exposure, and with this comes an increased use and exposure to toxic chemicals.
What’s even scarier is that glyphosate (found in the weedkiller Roundup), has been deemed potentially carcinogenic. A study found that farmers exposed to this toxic chemical were twice as likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
The bottom line is that when we ingest GMO crops, we run the very real risk of exposing ourselves to these damaging herbicides and their toxic ingredients.
The Environmental Dangers
Not only do GMOs pose a very serious health risk, but they are also damaging our environment. GMOs have created what’s called “superweeds” and “superbugs.” In order to kill these off, farmers have to use even stronger and more toxic chemicals that come with even greater risks.
Where GMOs are Found
Here are some of the most common GMO crops.
- Sugar beet
- Yellow summer squash
- Cottonseed oil
- Animal products
How to Avoid GMOs
One of the best ways to avoid GMOs is to buy organic and to look for non-GMO food labels.
Our Mission in Saying no to GMOs
While we have to look at the foods we eat as a way to avoid GMO crops, the supplements you use is another key part of keeping these harmful organisms out of your body.
Here at Earth Echo, we believe that we are made for more because when you feel good, you do good. As caretakers of the planet, we sustainably source only the best organic ingredients. This means you’ll be investing in your health and doing your part in supporting a healthier planet by choosing to say no to GMOs.