Living Fuel customers have probably noticed on the labels of our products that we use both organic and Non-GMO sources for our plant protein and other ingredients. What does GMO mean, and why do we believe it is important to use non-GMO sources?
GMO stands for “genetically modified organism”, an organism that, through genetic engineering, has been altered in some way. In the United States, GMO applications are now used in many major plant crops, specifically to increase resistance to direct applications of herbicides and pesticides and give the crops to ability to internally produce insecticides. In 2011, approximately 88% of corn and 94% of soybean crops produced in the U.S. were genetically modified.
Proponents of GMO state the genetically-modified crops produce higher yields, are safe to eat, are potentially more nutritious, and reduce the use of insecticides. Do they believe we are not thinking people? The truth is that all of the alleged benefits are to the farmer and all the risks are to those who consume these unnatural organisms.
So, why does Living Fuel go the extra step to use non-GMO sources?