I’m going to give you a little professional inside knowledge here. Just like savvy people have relationships with a doctor, lawyer, banker, etc., I say you need a farmer, too. Someone you can trust to look out for your interests when it comes to the food you eat. Hopefully, if he’s a real farmer and not a fake, he will clue you in on some of these deeper farming secrets, like a relational banker would help you find good investments. If you have a health condition that doesn’t allow you to eat food sprayed with herbicides or if you just don’t out of precaution, you have a right to know the following.
I’m going to make a statement, and I want you to listen closely…”Non-GMO” alone does not equal Certified Organic, but all Certified Organic equals Non-GMO. Chances are, if it was ”organic” it would be labeled that way. Most that have the non GMO label are still sprayed with herbicides and insecticides. That label just means that non GMO seed has been used; that’s all they claim. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want to eat anything grown with genetically-modified seed. That’s why genetically-modified seed is not allowed under the Certified Organic label. How do we know where the gene comes from that’s inserted to modify the seed? In the early days I read that genes from rats and pigs, etc. were being inserted. Sounds a lot like the Mary Shelly novel Frankenstein, where Dr. Frankenstein created his beast and took the work of G-d into his own hands. Much suffering ensued for him and his loved ones. I have a deep respect for nature and am in awe of what our Creator made. So I try to work with His creation.
Here’s some more inside info – the following year after a GMO crop has been planted, if a volunteer seed has fallen and sprouted, it can’t be killed by herbicides because of its inserted gene – so now there’s another problem. Dr. Frankenstein’s monster couldn’t find where he fit in, leading to the horrors in the book. What about the possibility of these genes escaping into nature and the long-term outcome? All the while we’re told how safe it is. Now we see whole billboards dedicated to the glyphosate trials. One expert says the greatest danger is the excessive amount of glyphosate that we are ingesting that is sprayed on crops and its effect on the gut. Non-GMO crops can have glyphosate sprayed on the ground to burn down weeds before they are planted. Certified Organic can’t do this. Certified Organic can never use GMO seed or glyphosate, and the soil must have been free from these substances for at least 3 years before it can be certified. So to be safe, look for the USDA Certified Organic label.