Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) have been amongst the hottest debates in nutrition science in recent years. While, the makers of GMO compromised crops promise bigger, better, and more – the results have shown otherwise.
Often times this “great debate” gets emotional and clouded with opinion at Thai Street Kitchen we are here to let you decide for yourself.
But, in our Thai Street Kitchen we do say “No GMO”.
What’ the Deal With GMO’s?
As much as 90% of the canola, corn, sugar, beets, and soy sold in the United States markets today, is now produced from genetically modified seeds. One of the main reasons for this GMO modification is to make them resistant to herbicides. In other words farmers can spray for weeds while not killing the precious fruits of their labor. (1)
Sounds like a great plan, right? But, then again – is it?
Glyphosate – What is it?
The most commonly used herbicide in the United States is Roundup. The main active ingredient found in Roundup is glyphosate.
Is it coincidence that these same genetically patented genes by Monsanto back in the 20th century are marketed as “Roundup resistant”? Roundup was developed, in 1974 (by Monsanto) to aid in weed control and unwanted grasses.
So yes, you read that right – Monsanto who created the herbicide resistant seeds also created the very herbicide that is being sprayed on our food.
While, this may sound like an innocent and harmless act – it is important to note that in March 2015, the World Health Organization declared glyphosate as “probably carcinogenetic to humans”(2); so then, why is it marketed as “safe” and do we really know the long term affects of genetically modified food consumption on the consumer?
In the medical journal The Lancet, scientist discussed the long-term affects of people being exposed to glyphosate, and their increased risks for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.(3)
Unfortunately, even those of us trying to stay away from the harmful effects of glyphosate don’t have it so easy.
As much as 75% of our foods in the grocery store now, contain GMOs. And, those that do not may still contain left over residue as; glyphosate has been detected in our air (due to spraying), in our water (run off), and in our food.
This may all sound terribly disturbing, and alarming to some, but at Thai Street Kitchen we take our consumers health very seriously.
It is important to note however, that while we do try our very best to source non-GMO products, like the rice bran oil, tofu, and other items, we can’t guarantee that all food items are GMO free, all of the time. As you learned above it’s an unfortunate truth, but many food items in our food supply are GMO without any indication.
That said, if we know it may have been modified, then we certainly don’t buy it and we will find an organic alternative.
At Thai Street Kitchen, we say “No GMO”! And, will continue to work on customers behalf to serve only the freshest, non-GMO alternatives whenever possible.
While, the current state of our agriculture and food production practices is a bit grim – the story does not need to end here. The more we can learn, and share with others the better chance we will have of achieving a GMO free future.
Share this with a friend, tell them about what we are doing at Thai Street Kitchen, and be a part of the change – say “No GMO” with us!
More About GMO’s
- Health Risks of Genetically Modified Foods
- Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops
- Genetically Modified Foods