Organic. Just the mere mention of the word is enough to make some people start in with their rhetoric. Its become a buzz word. Something trendy. I’m sure many of you have seen some of your friends on social media posting about GMOs and organic food. Side note, if you’re ever bored, commenting something as simple “GMOs aren’t bad for you.”can start a chain reaction that can keep you busy for hours. Anyway, the GMO and Non-GMO debate has been raging for a while now and for some organic food advocates, its become almost a religion. But what does the research say?
The most interesting point about this whole debate is that one side has scientists on their side and the other has celebrities and activists. Can you guess which side has the science? The side saying GMOs aren’t that bad for you. Now if you didn’t know, GMOs stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. Its primarily used in reference to foods. The farmer uses a GMO seed containing genetic code from some other organism to make certain desirable mutations happen. The bigges examples of a GMO product are corn and soy. The market of two crops is overwhelmingly GMO based, so anything you buy with corn or soy most likely contains GMOs. Honestly most anything you buy at the grocery in general contains GMOs. Genetic modification of crops has been going on since the 70s, but with the organic movement growing, GMOs have been brought to the forefront and used as a scapegoat for people’s health problems. The whole thing reminds me of anti-vaxxers vs vaxxers (or normal, sensible people.) Their whole argument is rhetoric recited almost word for word, even though the science completely opposes them.
The biggest goal for non-GMO and organic food advocates is to get a GMO labeling law passed in the United States. As of now, genetically modified foods are not required to tell that they are. Here’s why this goal is pointless: There is an independent group called the Non-GMO Project whose mission is to label foods that are GMO-free. They do a good job as I see their label popping up all over the grocery store. This is why the GMO labeling law is unnecessary. Companies shouldn’t have to jump through an entirely new hoop to please some science-ignorers.
The science doesn’t back organic advocates. The research has been done and has shown that GMO foods are no more riskier than organic, nor is organic food better for you. Overall, its a weak argument with no facts and a silly argument in general. The whole movement is a manufactured cause for people to rally behind and until there is some science backing it, the argument shouldn’t be taken seriously.