The long term effects of GMO plants are still being debated, though there has been numerous connections made between health problems and at the very least the high doses of pesticides that are dumped on these crops.
Then they end up in most of our foods, from the obvious corn flake to less realized corn-fed meat.
One way to get GMOs out of your life is to ‘grow’ them out.
Corn is the most common GMO plant found in our food supply here in the United States, and easy enough to grow. By planting a ‘dry’ or ‘field’ corn you can have your own corn for popping as well as corn meal.
Try growing some okra and dehydrating it into a powder as a corn starch substitute. It works great as a thickening agent.
Also plant some sweet corn if you have the room, just not down wind or too close to the others. Corn is wind pollinated and you may see some crossing. Sweet corn at the farmer’s market may have pesticides on it, but considerably less than the GMO in our foods. Keep in mind that farmers that grow GMO corn are not allowed to sell it to anyone but Monsanto.
Most of our sugar supply is from GMO sugar beets. You can buy organic sugar, and we do; but this year we are also going to try growing our own sugar beets and dehydrating them into a powder. Should prove to be an interesting experience.
Also consider growing stevia. It is a naturally sweet plant that you can dry the leaves to use in tea, etc. It reminds us of the taste of pectin, sweeter than sugar but good.
Summer squash in the markets is now possibly GMO, both fresh and frozen. Growing squash plants is one of the easiest things to do.
Storing the produce, not so much.
We’ve taken to dehydrating them for soup and casseroles, and making ‘noodles‘ for other dishes.
As far as corn-fed meat, it is hard to grow a substitute. That is unless you grow dry beans.
These high yielding plants, most often a type of bush bean, produce a wonderful amount of protein the same way their relatives, peanuts, do.
Most veggie burgers contain a good amount of dry beans.
Also watch for new GMOs. I understand they are crossing a tomato with a cool water fish.
But you’re probably growing tomatoes anyway.
The main thing to look at with getting GMOs out of your diet is to avoid processed foods, premade meals, and almost anything with more than one ingredient. When you can, grow your own or choose organic.
The more you are able to do this, the better.