Our products are 100% GMO free. All of them!
What is GMO?
Genetically modified foods (GM foods, or biotech foods) are foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), specifically, genetically modified crops. GMOs have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques. These techniques are much more precise than mutagenesis (mutation breeding) where an organism is exposed to radiation or chemicals to create a non-specific but stable change. Other techniques by which humans modify food organisms include selective breeding, plant breeding, animal breeding, and somaclonal variation.
Commercial sale of genetically modified foods began in 1994, when Calgene first marketed its Flavr Savr delayed ripening tomato. Typically, genetically modified foods are transgenic plant products: soybean, corn, canola, and cotton seed oil. These may have been engineered for faster growth, resistance to pathogens, production of extra nutrients, or any other beneficial purpose. GM livestock have also been experimentally developed, although as of July 2010 none are currently on the market.
Critics have objected to GM foods on several grounds, including safety issues, ecological concerns, and economic concerns raised by the fact GM plants (and potentially animals) that are food sources are subject to intellectual property law.
Why is Organica against GMO?
Several studies examined the impact of GMO on living organisms and often found direct negative effects.
“… we clearly proved very significant differences in weight growths for both males and females [rats], with a lower effect with the 11% diet in comparison to 33% and controls.”
“If all the data are taken together, […] it could be concluded that a GM-linked male renal toxicity is observed in this work.” (Séralini, Cellier, Spiroux de Vendomois, 2007)
As outlined in many studies, the use of GMO increases the usage of pesticides (herbicide tolerant plants). Thus, to give a full picture of the results, the environmental and health aspects of the increase in pesticide usage have to be taken into account.
Pesticide exposure can have a devastating impact on abortion rates, as was found in several studies.
“Preconception exposure to the pesticide active ingredients glyphosate, atrazine, carbaryl, and 2,4-D was associated with a 20–40% relative increase in risk;…”
“The herbicide glyphosate [Monsanto Roundup®] was associated with increased risks of late abortion, regardless of when exposure occurred.” (Arbuckle, Lin, Mery, 2001).
Risk of Tumors & Cancer
Apart from increasing the abortion rates, pesticides also influence cell cycle regulation in general and thus affect the whole organism.
“Cell-cycle dysregulation is a hallmark of tumor cells and human cancers.” (p.245)
“Roundup 3plus, the glyphosate-based herbicide, induced cell cycle dysfunction as a result of synergy between glyphosate itself and the mixture of surfactants and permeabilizing agents present in the commercial product.” (p.246)
“Therefore, glyphosate-based pesticides are clearly of human health concern by inhalation in the vicinity of spraying. Our experiments detect very early a long term risk for humans since cancer may originate from a single cell several years or decades after the initial stress.” (Marc, Mulner-Lorillon, Bellé, 2004, (p 248))
Human Cell Damage
Pesticides can remain in soils, plants, animals and human bodies long after exposure. This bio-accumulation can build in concentration over time, resulting in severe health problems.
“The first surprising results show that the four Roundup® herbicides and Glyphosate cause cellular death for all types of human cells, with comparable toxicity for each one but at different concentrations.”
“Indeed, the very weak Roundup concentration of 0.005% causes a very important cell death, lack of adhesion, shrinking, and fragmentation in apoptotic bodies.”
“All of the above effects are demonstrated below the recommended herbicide agricultural dilutions (from 104 ppm). This clearly confirms that the adjuvants in Roundup formulations are not inert. Moreover, the proprietary mixtures available on the market could cause cell damage and even death around residual levels to be expected, especially in food and feed derived from R formulation-treated crops.” (Benachour, Séralini, 2009)
Is it allowed to use GM Food according to the Organic Regulations and Standards?
Of course not!
Within the EU Regulations of Organic Food, it is clearly forbidden to use Genetically Modified Organisms for feeding the animals and/or using them as part of the growing process / ingredient of the product.
Organic food shall be not only as natural as possible, but also healthy for human, animals and the environment!
We want to consume a product, which is tasty, healthy and safe!
A product, which has been grown and produced within a fair value chain!
A product, which is containing ingredients, which are treated well, whether plant or animal.
WE DON’T WANT CHEMICALS and GMOs !