GMO, also known as genetically modified organisms, are a hot topic among green lifestylists and organic produce consumers. In recent studies, it has been shown, that the vast majority of consumers do not know what GMO means or anything concerning the GMO controversy. Here are four things to know about GMO’s and what this type of manufacturing can mean for food production.
Biotechnology not Nature
One of the biggest concerns for consumers regarding GMO foods is how they are produced. By and large the GMO industry produces foods through gene splicing and biotechnology. The concept, at face value, is a decent one. The concept is simple. Create foods that stand up to modern pesticides, disease and issues that can cause entire crops to fail. The problem is that in order to create these types of foods GMO research and development has lead to a bigger problem. We now have unstable plant life with harsh results for consumers and nature.
Another consumer worry is in regards to the labeling of GMO foods. Currently, there is no labeling guideline for foods that have been created through or by way of GMO processes. This means that many green living consumers have turned to certified organic farms, local farmers markets or urban and home gardening in order to obtain the fruits and vegetables their families need.
Food and Food Substances
Foods such as fruits and vegetables are not the only concern for consumers. There are several food ingredients that are created through the use of GMO methods. Aspartame, forms of Ethanol, forms of Vitamin C and various yeast products can all be created and are being created through GMO methods. This has touched a nerve with several consumers who are no pressing for stronger GMO guidelines or for urban gardening developments and all natural food sources.
Supplement and Vitamin Industry
The supplements and vitamin industry has been effected recently by the GMO controversy. With supplements and vitamins such as Vitamin C having connections with GMO research and production many individuals are turning away from more popular brands that refuse to state if their products were created through GMO technology. Instead consumers are choosing to look for organic labeling or private label companies that have organic and all natural non-scientific origins.
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