So what's better: hybridized foods or genetically modified organism (GMO) foods?
Sometimes the best choice is "none of the above!
" However, there are some significant differences.
While hybrids are created by “naturally” crossbreeding
similar species to achieve desired traits, GM technology involves selecting genes from any living thing (similar or not) to force the creation of DNA
that would never be found in nature.
In the plant kingdom, nearly all attempts to hybridize are imperfect, but are relatively harmless. In fact, many of the commercially available fruits and vegetables you buy are hybrids
GMO foods, on the other hand, result when hybridization is taken to the genetic level — the concept is a noble one but ill-conceived.
For example, GMO foods were supposed to create "superfoods" that were weed resistant and would lead to an endless food supply. What we now have instead is weeds that can’t be killed
, requiring a return to more conventional, time-consuming methods of weed control.
Getting away from these methods was the whole point of adopting GMO technology, which now appears all for naught.
Weed resistance is not the only reason plants are being genetically modified. Bacteria resistance, produce size, and other commercially attractive traits are in the works.
But no one knows if these foods are safe
. The only way to tell is to observe the health of those persons who consume GM foods over the long-term.
Care to be a guinea pig? Neither do we!
So, how do you avoid GMO foods? For now, buy organic or foods labeled "non-GMO"
When you purchase non-GMO foods, you're voting against GMOs with your purchasing power — making GMOs unprofitable is the only way to stop them from overtaking the entire food supply
Could GMOs really take over? Yes, here's how...
If you think about it, open fields of GMO plants have to be pollinated to grow, just like any other plant.
And if cross-pollination with non-GMO plants happens, whether through wind, insects, or other uncontrollable forces, fields of organic produce near GMO fields could be contaminated with GMO pollen
— making truly organic foods extinct.
So, whenever possible, choose foods labeled non-GM or non-GMO.
All Hallelujah Acres "Max" juice powders are non-GMO, raw, and gluten-free.
And when you plant a garden, look for heirloom seeds
. These seeds are open pollinated, which means non-hybrid. These seeds allow the gardener to collect seeds from a crop for future planting. Hybrid seeds do not.
There is still, however, the question about GMO cross-pollination; it may seem like there’s nothing we can do.
But there is one thing — pray.
No matter what man tries to do to this world, God is sovereign and looks after His people.
Which foods do you buy organic? Comment below...