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Organic food – A better alternative

The number of people that buy organic food is on the rise which is excellent news for people who produce it as well as the environment we all live in. Some people buy it because it’s better than other alternatives and its production doesn’t harm the environment.

As you may know, the organic food production doesn’t involve any meddling with chemicals (artificial fertilizers and other human-made things) and the product is 100% natural. Research has shown that organic food contains more antioxidants and vitamins due to the absence of fertilizers and pesticides which make it a healthier alternative.

The primary reasons to buy organic food

Organic food aOrganic farming is nature-friendly due to lack of chemicals that end up in earth and water. An excellent example of that is the number of small animals (insects and such) and different plants (along with the plant that the farmer is growing) you will find on a farm that cultivates the organic food.

There are only a small number of people who don’t know how animals are treated on the big farms. Those creatures are constantly indoors, and they don’t get to walk around and consume various food. The food they get is full of chemicals that make them grow rapidly (GMO feed). The animals and organic farms get to spend a lot of time on pastures, and they eat only natural food. If you ever tried meat from an animal that is raised in this way, then you know that it’s several times tastier than every day produces the majority of people eat.

Say no to poison

The amount of toxins that producers of the food use is unbelievable. Some types of apples get sprayed up to sixteen times with more than 35 pesticides. And they call that natural?

All those products they serve us have undergone some form of genetic modification to grow faster and to yield bigger crops. The natural selection isn’t present and due to that the need for such a high amount of pesticides is necessary. You get the cheap product just because those crops produce more than an average plant can.

Registration of GMO food

The GMO represent the food that is genetically modified through the use of gene technology. Do note that this is different from standard modification of the plants where they are exposed to harmful influences and only the best are chosen for breeding of next generation. GMO is a product that went through extensive artificial modification of its genes. This meddling with genes may cause some adverse effects, which is why there is a long and strict registration process of GMO food.

Legislation, authorization, and register

The bill introduces assessment of the GMO with the goal to protect the health of both humans and animals. It contains procedures that show how risky is the genetically modified food and whether it is better than the standard non-modified alternative. It also forced the producers to label their goods so the consumers can recognize it as GMO.

GMO registration processEvery user of GMO is known, and their product is tracked down. Not everyone can gain the right to use it, and they have to receive authorization before they get the goods. People can request these genetically modified seeds for cultivation and for marketing of the final product (whether that is food or feed).

The register of the GMO contains all approved genetically modified products. You can search it for particular plants and find which providers exist for it. If you have knowledge about a GMO that is in circulation and you can’t find it in the register, then you should submit a report. The GMO in question may have adverse effects on humans and animals (this ranges from physical defects to cancer, so be sure to report anyone that uses or distributes untested GMO).

GMO registration process

The whole registration process can last over a month and sometimes a couple of months. The safety and the health of people (and animals) are the most important thing, and thus the people that are in charge of registration don’t want to risk it. And this is great because it prevents faulty seeds from spreading on the market. A GMO plant may yield more products, but if those products cause health issues, then the plant in question shouldn’t exist.

Labeling Discrepancies in Food Containing GMOs

labeling discrepanciesAmericans trust that ingredients on food labels are complete and safe. Yet, few know and even less approve of the undisclosed, genetically modified food in the pantry.

The Food and Drug Administration has no reason to believe that bioengineered food is any different from food grown with original DNA. Because of this stance, disclosing food as “genetically modified” or bioengineered is voluntary. None of the associated processors opt for this disclosure because 87% of people polled in 2008 by CBS do not want to eat manipulated food (Miller, 2009). Eighty percent of processed foods lining grocery store shelves are genetically modified. It is doubtful the general public is aware of this fact. Continue reading