Now I know meat itself isn’t being genetically modified (yet), but you have heard the saying, “You are what you eat,” right?
So think about what conventionally raised chickens, cows and other animals are fed. Mostly grain and corn. So you are essentially eating that same animal feed (and the nutritional value of it) when you consume the meat of those animals.
Why should you worry about that? Well, according to the True Food Network, up to 85% of U.S. corn and 91% of soybeans are genetically engineered.
In case you aren’t sure what genetic engineering is, it involves splicing genes from one plant or animal with another one to produce a “super” food. So it’s things like spicing a pig gene with a tomato to make one that grows fast and doesn’t rot (that’s not a real example, but it gives you an idea of what is done).
Monsanto is also modifying seeds to be resistant to RoundUp (their pesticide). They do this by actually splicing pesticide genes into the seed's genes. So it’s part of the plant’s DNA, and it doesn’t kill that plant when it’s doused with pesticides.
I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound safe or appetizing! You can read more about GMOs on Natural News.
We have been eating organic produce for a while, but we have been very hesitant to move away from conventionally raised meat. Not because we didn’t want to, but because it felt so cost prohibitive.
About a month ago, we made the decision to take the dive and stop buying conventionally raised meat so that we could avoid GMOs. The only way to make this cost-effective is to cut back on the amount of meat we’re eating and increase our vegetable consumption – definitely not a bad thing.
So instead of dumping 3 pounds of conventionally raised ground beef into a spaghetti sauce, I use 1 pound of grass-fed beef or organic beef along with some organic onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and whatever I have on hand. I have really only been able to find affordable ground beef that’s organic ($4.49 per pound at Costco for organic or I can pay double that at the local store for grassfed organic). I’m still working on other cuts. Grass-fed beef really does taste so much better!
So does the organic chicken we’ve been buying. I have found that the Organic chicken drumsticks at our normal grocery store are affordable ($2.49 per pound). And Costco has whole organic chickens for a fair price as well ($2.29 per pound). So we stock up when we’re there.
One important thing you should note. It’s not enough to buy something that's labeled as “Natural.” Typically “Natural” just means the animal wasn’t raised with antibiotics or hormones and was fed a vegetarian diet. That vegetarian diet most often contains GMO corn or other GMO foods.
If the label doesn’t say “Organic” (typically with the USDA Organic symbol on it) then you are probably eating an animal that ate a GMO diet. Therefore, you are eating GMOs.
I challenge you to switch at least one of your meat-based meals each week to Organic meat. Your body will thank you!