Can Organic Be GMO – What You Need To Know?

 In Health, nutrition&supplements
  1. “GM foods” means genetically engineered foods, or in other words: foods produced from organisms, which changed their DNA by the methods of a genetic engineering.

  1. GMO means- genetically modified organism. It is a new organism or a plant, created by a genetic engineer.

  1. Agricultural biotechnology or GMO uses traditional breeding methods together with genetic engineering.

  1. NonGMO means non-genetically modified organisms.

  1. Producers of nonGMO must not use synthetic fertilizers, as well as chemical pesticides, irradiation or genetic engineering by growing an organic agricultural crop. They may use only organic seeds and natural methods.

  1. The producers of organics food may use a limited number of approved synthetic substances, but only if natural methods don’t give adequate results.

  1. Conventional agricultural crops are produced in farms using technological innovations. The goal of those producers is growing a single type of high-yield crop. They utilize synthetic pesticides and fertilizers producing more abundant and less expensive food on a small piece of land.

  1. Herbicide-tolerant crops are genetically engineered to an application of one or more herbicides that would otherwise kill or severely damaged the crop.

  1. Bt crops are crops that are genetically engineered to produce the same toxin as Bacillus thuringiensis, with the goal of killing certain agricultural insect

  1. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Organic Program (NOP) regulates the production and handling of any organic product.

  1. USDA’s and NOP, exclude methods that are not traditional plant breeding, conjugation, fermentation, hybridization, “in-vitro” fertilization, or tissue culture.

  1. Organic regulations in 2002, “excluded methods” have been referred to as genetic engineering (GE) or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

  1. Organic certification statements are adequate to substantiate an assertion that a certified organic food is non-GMO and wasn’t produced using excluded methods.

  1. “Non-GMO,” sign used on NOP-certified product labels means that the product is produced without using genetic engineering.

  1. “Non-GMO” does not guarantee that the product is 100% free of GMOs. The only term that guarantees that is the label “GMO-free“.

  1. The certification process of organic products is under strict control, including periodic testing, which is required.

  1. Products with labels “100% Organic,” “Organic,” and “Made with Organic”, including all the ingredients (even minor ingredients such as flavors, yeast, and corn starch) must not contain any GMO ingredients.

  1. Farmers certified by NOP as organic must have procedures in place that prevent GMO drift from adjacent farms, as well as use non-genetically modified seed.

  1. Organic ingredients and products must be separate from non-organic and GMO farms during receiving, processing, storage, and shipping, by NOP-certified practice.

  1. There is a certified inspection at least once a year by a third-party USDA-accredited certifying agent.

  1. Certifying agents conduct an examination to determine if the prevention and production practices are adequate.

  1. Testing is conducted as a part of a required periodic testing. But it is also necessarily if contact with GMOs is suspected, or if a certified or NOP receives a complaint.

  1. Healthy soils, biodiversity, and environmental stewardship are obligations of the certified operators.

  1. Meat labeled “organic” is the meat of animals raised without treating with antibiotics, growth hormones, or other artificial drugs.

  1. Farmers feed the animals by an organic food and they provide them outdoor access.

  1. Growth hormones, antibiotics or animal products for animals are prohibited in organic production, while in non-GMO production are not.

  1. Organic foods have more antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients.

  1. Processed organic products must not contain any artificial addition; that are within strict certification standards.

  1. Federal law regulates organic products.

  1. Producers may treat non-GMO with synthetic pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers, as well as sewage sludge-based fertilizers and herbicides; but must not do that to an organic product.

  1. Non-GMO as organic production prohibits GMOs in all aspects of farming and processing.

  1. There are only 10 GMO crops commercially approved in the U.S. They are a field of a sweet corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya, squash, potatoes, and apples.

  1. Genetically modified crops are grown in 28 nations around the world.

  1. Cultivation of genetically modified organisms is prohibited in Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Norway, Poland and Slovenia.

  1. Genetically modified food may cause severe mental and metabolic damage.

  1. Genetically engineered foods have not been proven to be safe.

 

  1. Genetically modified crops require massive amounts of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, which are poisons, and you should not eat them.

Aleksandra C.
Medical student, freelancer, fitness enthusiastic.
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