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What Does "non-GMO" Mean?

January 31, 2011

What Does "non-GMO" Mean?
First of all, let’s start with the definition of genetically modified or GM. GM refers to the process of directly altering the structure and characteristics of genes. It involves taking the DNA from one organism, manipulating it in a lab, and introducing it into another organism’s genome. This type of GMO (organism) is known as a transgenic organism. Plants could be manipulated with the intention of improving flavour or shelf-life, for example, or to be resistant to insects with the intention of improving yields. While great in theory, there aren’t any long-term studies of the impact of genetic modification on the plants themselves, or on humans, animals or the environment. None.

There is anecdotal evidence, on the other hand, that GM products aren’t harmless. As it stands now, most of the corn we eat and cotton we wear is genetically modified. Soybeans aren’t far behind. You might be surprised to learn that most of the Vitamin E used in cosmetics also comes from a GM source.

With a world-wide increase in food allergies, there’s a strong possibility that playing with the DNA of our food is making us sick. And how do we control it? Seeds from GM crops are blown by the wind and carried by rivers to appear far from the fields in which they were initially planted, with the potential to take over. We’re all part of a global experiment that we at rmsbeauty don’t want to contribute to. That’s why we chose non-GM ingredients for all of our products.

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