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The Difference Between Organic and Non-GMO
- All organic food is non-GMO, which means that no GMOs were used in the farming or processing of the food.
- A non-GMO certified organic food is different from plain organic food because it has been tested at multiple levels of production for GMO residue.
- Non-GMO food only means that it contains less than one percent genetically modified organisms.
- It does NOT include pesticides, herbicides sewage, growth promoting hormones, or antibiotics. It’s also not regulated by the FDA (but it is regulated by a non-profit)
Non-GMO Can Be Helpful When Choosing Processed Foods
If you are eating fully organic in an attempt to avoid growth promoting hormones that might add to your waistline, or just to lead a healthier life, you probably eat a few non-whole foods from time to time. Tater tots, frozen pizzas, or cookies can all found in organic varieties but there is still the possibility that GMOs could have found their way in during the cooking process.
Choosing the Non-GMO certified organic version can save you the potential of pesky GMOs that might have slipped in during the manufacturing process. This ensures that your lemon oil spray that you’ve used for everything from cleaning the house to actually drinking is non-GMO even after all the processing it’s been through.
Or, it could not even matter…
Non-GMO labelling is a gray area at best. It doesn’t cover domestically grown hemp (even if it’s organic) but does cover Texas grapefruits that have been grown from mutagenesis breeding. The GMO label is at best, a way to double and triple check the integrity of organic food.
At its worst, it puts a trusted label on a product that is full of pesticides, herbicides, and might even be genetically modified. Non-GMO really doesn’t mean that much.
Why You Should Pay it No Attention
It Can Be Ridiculously Expensive
Non-GMO foods are more expensive. They require additional labeling, use more resources, and don’t produce as much food. This makes them more expensive and the benefits don’t seem to pay off for the price point, especially when considering that GM-foods created by Norman Borlaug have saved a billion lives.
There are countless benefits that GMOs have brought to the world, and a non-GMO that is not organic does not offer any additional benefit to meet its increased cost. Instead of spending your time budgeting and finagling with your daily finances around getting Non-GMO foods, focusing on what benefits come from your foods, and buying them according to that will help you out a little more.
So instead of buying a more expensive non-GMO food, prioritizing the level of pesticides might be a better use of your time and money.
For example, there is no such thing as a GMO avocado and to top it off, the skin is not very permeable, which means that there is a very low chance that pesticides made it inside. This means that not only can you buy all the unlabelled and certified avocados that you want, but you can also buy more like it, that don’t need non-GMO or organic labelling.
But Non-GMO Is Mostly Bogus, You Could Be Spending Your Money Elsewhere
There are a ton of other places the money spent on Non-GMO foods could go. The simple switch from a six-dollar box of cereal with six servings to a three dollar tube of oatmeal with 28 servings will save you 89 cents a meal. Or almost 25 bucks over the life of that oatmeal.
Those aren’t small savings, especially when applied to other parts of your cupboard. It could mean a kitchen overhaul, making a really awesome garden to grow your own food, or buying a new wardrobe. It’s up to you what you spend your money on, so spend it wisely.
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