Here at Vegan Cuts, we support companies who are making a move toward non-GMO ingredients and we currently work with many of them to help get their products into the hands of concerned, conscientious consumers. (That’s you guys!)
If you’re not currently living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the term “GMO” flying around a lot lately. Many product manufacturers, both of food and personal care items, are starting to label their products as “non-GMO” as well. What’s the big deal about GMO ingredients? Why should you care if companies are turning away from GMO use? We’ve got all your answers (and some pretty sweet products) right here.
GMO stands for “genetically modified organism.” Basically, it’s a plant (or, in the case of non-vegan ingredients, an animal) that has been purposely changed in some way to make it grow differently. Some crops are genetically modified to create heartier, more productive, pest-resistant plants. Often, the goal of genetically modified ingredients is to produce more for less cost. That is, fewer dollars anyway. The real cost of these modifications is still somewhat of a mystery, which is one big reason that many companies are shying away from them.
Skeptics of GMO crops believe that they inhibit biodiversity, and disrupt the natural rhythms of the biosphere. Genetically modifying a crop so that it has fewer seeds, for instance, may negatively impact the organisms that rely on those seeds for sustenance. Making crops more pest-resistant may cause pests to evolve to be bigger, strong, and well, more pest-like. These are just a few of the reasons that GMO plants are not popular with everyone.
In fact, GMO crops are highly regulated in many parts of the world. In Europe, GM foods are extremely restricted and government agencies pay a lot of attention to the safety and security of their food imports to prevent GM products from making their way into European markets. In the United States, there is a much different attitude. The government, at least at this time, is still generally protective of GM crops, and does not support stringent product labeling or consumer education.
Luckily, many ethical companies are taking this fight into their own hands, and their own products. By seeking out non-GMO ingredients and certifying their products through the Non-GMO Project, these companies hope to deliver a more trustworthy product to their customers. And, they get to do all this without mucking around with nature, which seems like a real win-win-win for all involved.
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