Along with the Green Revolution came the Organic Food Movement. Naturalists, hippies, hipsters, health nuts and yuppies everywhere hopped on the bandwagon and started incorporating the word “organic” into everything. Organic could describe anything from food, to emotions, to art, to relationships. It seemed everything could be organic, and indeed, it can. However, now with the unregulated use of genetic modification, it is harder than ever to tell the difference between the truly organic and what happens to show up on the shelf at the supermarket. Many countries have either banned or regulated the use of genetically altered seeds, sometimes to no avail. Hungary is one such country; no GMO produce whatsoever is to be grown at any time. However, somehow some GM seeds were sold to numerous farmers who thought they were organic. When the Ministry of Rural Development tested the mature corn stalks, they were found to contain genetically modified DNA. The fields were plowed under and the farmers lost their entire harvest for the year.
The United States does not require retailers to label whether or not a fruit or vegetable has been genetically altered. There is no federal regulation on the use of harsh chemicals or insecticide, in or on the food that is sold in our supermarkets and with the ability of international GMO companies like Monsanto selling food directly to the consumer, it is impossible to tell what you’re really getting at the store.
So if you care what you are putting into your body everyday and believe that toxins, insecticides and unnatural plant subspecies have no place in it, be vigilant about what you buy. Generally speaking, farmers markets or growing your food yourself is the best way to go and since even Whole Foods has accepted that GM food is here to stay, those may be your only options from here on out.