Going Non GMO on the Homestead

Reader Contribution by Faithful Homesteader
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Since it is Non-GMO month, I wanted to share about our commitment to keep GMOs (genetically modified organisms) off our homestead. It has been several years now since we have decided as a family to keep GMOs off our grocery list and out of our garden.

I think one thing that really made us aware of GMOs was when we started noticing labels that claimed they did not contain GMOs. We started researching and hearing more about them and decided that we wanted to try to avoid them. We cannot always afford to buy everything organic, but we do not compromise on the GMOs when we grocery shop.

We have become familiar with the Non-GMO Project Verified label. This third party organization does testing for the presence of GMOs. Companies voluntarily go through the process. I like to buy products that carry this label. More information can be found at Non-GMO Project.

We care about our animals too so they also eat food that is Non-GMO. Our cat and chickens are on a Non-GMO diet. It certainly makes sense for us to keep our chickens GMO free since we like to enjoy their eggs.

Because we still eat out, we have not been able to completely eliminate the GMOs. Corn, soy and canola are used in so many restaurant ingredients and they are some of the crops most likely to be genetically modified. We are trying to eat out less and order food that is less likely to use these ingredients. It is certainly not easy avoiding all those GMOs.

I know there are a variety of opinions about GMOs and if they are safe or not. We choose to avoid them if we can and believe everyone has the right to make the choice that is right for them. I believe in GMO labeling. We have the right to know so that we can make our own decision.

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