For people trying to steer clear of overly processed foods, a trip down the grocery aisle can be a disheartening experience. The task of preparing a meal that is devoid of chemicals that you can hardly pronounce, let alone gauge the effect of, has become increasingly difficult in the last couple of decades.
Genetically modified products, in addition, are now particularly widespread in the United States. These foods include genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that have been scientifically enhanced in some form or another.
Though genetically modified foods have been commonplace in supermarkets since the 1990s, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) argues that the methods used to determine if GMOs are safe for human consumption are inherently flawed. Instead of observing the effects of these foods on the people who eat them, AAEM states, most studies have dubbed genetically modified products to be consumer-friendly because they are "substantially equivalent" in chemical composition to the organic organic originals.
Based on the lack of evidence regarding the safety of GMOs, combined with increasing allergy rates and other indicators of possible harm, The Institute of Responsible Technology (IRT) has created the Non-GMO Shopping Guide to help consumers who want to avoid these potentially dangerous products. The directory lists everything from alternative dairy products to packaged frozen meals, so cutting out GMOs doesn't have to restrict your dietary options.
Buying organic foods and looking out for Non-GMO seals can go a long way toward keeping genetically modified goods out of your cupboards. And, to make this process even simpler, the IRT has even created an app so you can double-check non-GMO data while you shop.
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