Originally published on Organic Valley here.
A “GMO” is a genetically modified organism (also known as GM or GE) created when genes of a plant or animal have DNA added to them. This DNA comes from different species of living organisms including bacteria and viruses. Monsanto’s Roundup® Ready seeds, engineered for resistance to Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate, are common examples of genetically modified organisms.
Right now, at least 93% of corn and 94% of soy in the US are considered GMO crops, and that is just the tip of the iceburg. We don’t know if genetically engineered crops are safe, but we follow the precautionary principle: farming practices, such as the use of GMOs, should be prohibited until proven beyond doubt to be safe for animals, the environment and people.
Organic Is Always Non-GMO
Certified organic foods are never permitted to use GMOs in ingredients or production. The best way to avoid genetically engineered foods is to choose organic. Organic not only means non-GMO, it also means no antibiotics were used, no synthetic pesticides, and no artificial hormones.