GMO. These three little letters shouldn’t be hard to say, yet they are a hot topic that most grocery stores just don’t want to discuss. That’s right– it’s time to have the talk about GMOs. Genetically Modified Organisms, that is.
What are GMOs and why should we care? Here’s the long answer. The short version of the story is, ginormous agriculture companies like Monsanto created these organisms years ago to get rich selling expensive toxic chemicals, like Roundup, to American farmers. In order to make plants that would survive incredibly high doses of pesticide, these companies spliced and diced the plant genomes with those of other organisms.
The health effects of these modified seeds on their own are questionable at best. But when you consider that GMO crops are bathed in toxic chemicals from sprout to harvest, things get real. The environmental damage caused by GMOs is astounding. According to a widely-praised Washington State University study, pesticide use on GMO crops has increased by 527 million pounds in the past 16 years. As weeds become resistant to pesticides, Monsanto creates stronger pesticides to keep up. More pesticides beget stronger weeds, and pretty soon there are superweeds threatening the food supply. Don’t even get us started on how GMO crops have been shown to increase food allergies in children.
These unlabeled, harmful organisms are incredibly prevalent in America’s food supply. According to the Non-GMO Project, up to 94% of the corn, canola, soy, sugar beets, and soy grown in the United States are GMO. If you’re eating processed food from non-Certified Organic sources, chances are a large percentage of your diet is genetically modified. We don’t want to be alarmists by sharing this frightening information, but we care a lot about the health of the earth and the health of our customers. That’s why you won’t find GMOs at Greenling!
Greenling is one of just a very small number of Non-GMO Project Supporting Retailers in Texas. We are proud that the food we carry comes from local and Certified Organic growers who share our commitment to keep food GMO-free. If a product is local and we can’t personally verify that an ingredient is GMO-free, we either don’t carry the product, or we clearly label the risk in the product ingredients on our website. We want you to be informed when you buy! If you’re passionate about avoiding GMOs, we hope you’ll join us! By voting with our wallets, we can send the message that we value safe, healthy, natural foods, sans GMOs.