For some foods it can be difficult to determine what ingredients and processes went into production and growth. There are many crops that are grown with genetically modified organisms also known as GMOs. There are no known risks associated with GMOs due to the lack of research and information surrounding them. However, according to the Non-GMO Project, there are no known benefits to GMOs either.
What are GMOs?
Genetically modified organisms are living organisms that have had their genetic material changed in a laboratory in order to better resist herbicides. The organisms are combined with many different genetic materials to cross-breed a novel organism. Most nations around the world require GMO labeling, but the United States government currently does not have any requirements, though many are beginning to be labeled.
What are the negative effects of GMOs?
Although there are no known negative side effects of GMOs currently due to the lack of research and experimentation surrounding them, there are negative effects upon the environment and farmers. Due to GMOs being engineered to withstand herbicides and pesticides, the use of these toxic substances is increasing which could pose serious threats to the environment. The companies using these GMOs are able to patent them because of their novel creation and control the distribution of their seeds which could be a serious threat to many farmers.
Why Choose Non-GMO Products?
Non-GMO products are created without genetically modified organisms or artificial testing processes. In order for a product to receive a non-GMO certification it must follow a standard set of guidelines generally set up by a third party organization. Every non-GMO product is required to have a label on the packaging.Be sure to inspect the products you buy so you’re aware of its ingredients and how it's made. Choosing non-GMO products means you can have confidence in your food being risk free and without any modifications to its genetics.
However, it is important to note that not all non-GMO products are the same as organic. Some non-GMO foods may use pesticides, food coloring, or preservatives that would not qualify to be considered organic. Despite this, many products are both GMO free and organic, like all of Kate’s Real Food energy bars.
Kate’s is dedicated to providing only USDA-certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, snacks made from a variety of healthy ingredients. You can enjoy each bar or snack bites without the fear of any artificially created substances. Choose from a variety of mouthwatering flavors, each containing different fruits, nut butters, and complex carbs to fuel your body for any adventure!