Huh? Well, to more specific, what we consume as food is sometimes the product of nature or science. I’ll explain. Bt-corn is a type of genetically modified organism, termed GMO. A GMO is a plant or animal that has been genetically modified through the addition of a small amount of genetic material from other organisms through molecular techniques. Currently, the GMOs on the market today have been given genetic traits to provide protection from pests, tolerance to pesticides, or improve its quality. That’s definitely SCIENCE.
Conversely, rather than turning to synthetic chemicals, organic farmers largely rely on cultural, physical, and biological processes. That may mean planting a rye cover crop to suppress any weeds around other crops like corn or soybeans, instead of spraying an herbicide. Or it could involve rotating tomatoes each year to prevent the build-up of disease and therefore forgo the application of fungicides. So, NATURE.
There are numerous studies supporting both sides of this coin, but what is most important (in my opinion) is that we, as consumers, are provided with accurate information (ethical labelling, etc.) and an adequate balance of products from either side of the fence from which to choose. Let us be the ones to decide what we believe and therefore consume. Even if that means we chose GMO this month and non-GMO the next.
Do you know if your favourite eats and drinks contain GMOs? It’s time to take a close look and choose your path.
Ready Shot is making the switch to non-GMO ingredients beginning with those that we use in the largest quantity and working our way down to the smallest drop. This is the next step in our journey to Be Better!