Eating Organic is the Way to Go

Ty Yewman, Staff Writer

Debates have occurred over Organic vs. GMO’s, and which one is better for our human race.

Have you ever heard about GMOs (Genetically modified organisms)?

GMO’s are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

You’re probably eating something that had been modified in a way where it’s almost to the point where the food isn’t even real food anymore because it isn’t grown naturally, but grown through a gene technology.


“People who want to stick with organic are entitled to—but they should not stand in the way of others who would use science to find more efficient ways to feed billions,” said Mark Lynas, a British environmentalist, who said that he trusts what is in GMO foods in the online article “Genetic literacy project.”

Yes, you can make more food through science, but wouldn’t you rather want it to be made naturally and not genetically made?

“Genetically-modified food represents a step forward in evolution,” according to the Pontifical Academy of Science.  They believe that producing more  transgenic organisms have no risk and is a step forward in helping our malnutrition and hunger in the human population of the developing world.

Agent Orange is another key effect over this debate. Agent orange is a powerful herbicide and defoliant containing trace amounts of dioxin, a toxic impurity suspected of causing serious health problems, including cancer and genetic damage, in some persons exposed to it and birth defects in their offspring. Agent orange was used by U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War to defoliate jungles, according to the public health section of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The government named the mixture “Agent Orange” because of the orange band that was painted on containers of the material.

Now you’re probably asking, what does Agent orange have to do with GMO’s?

The U. S. Department of Agriculture wants to approve/pass where corn and soybean seeds that are genetically engineered to be resistant to several herbicides, including the controversial chemical known as 2,4-D to be able to have GMO’s in their crops.

This goes together because of what this Agent Orange did to people in Vietnam. It made the people deformed and lost body parts from the effects of the herbicides. So what if that happens to us humans if we keep allowing this Agent Orange to be in high demand for our crops?

If they allow these seeds and other pesticides into our crops and farms, will be we become deformed as well as what happened in Vietnam?

This is where eating organic comes into play. By eating organic foods, you’re limiting yourself from eating all the processed foods that are made by GMO’s because organic foods are grown without any substances added.

Organic foods are more expensive than all the other foods in the grocery store because they use real ingredients and real foods, not stuff made to last a long time like preservatives.

Eliminating GMO foods from your diet and switching to organic foods would only help Americans, because wouldn’t you rather be eating something grown fresh that has nothing added to it to make it taste better?

This goes into High Fructose Corn Syrup. I’m sure many of you know or have heard about it, but don’t know what it really is. It is a sugar that is added to our foods to make it taste better. It’s artificial, so it isn’t made naturally but is made by man.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is a well-known ingredient in our food. It is a calorie-providing sweetener used in foods and beverages, particularly processed and store-bought foods. It is made by an enzymatic process from glucose syrup that is derived from corn.

This ingredient is one of many that should not be in foods we eat. Look at the definition. It is made chemically to last longer. This ingredient can be found in a variety of food products including soft drinks, salad dressings, ketchup, jams, sauces, ice cream, milk and even bread.

Look at the food that we consume everyday. Look back to the 50s, 60s. They never had chemically made food. People grew their own food on farms without any added pesticides or whatever else you can add nowadays. My goal is to persuade people to make the switch to organic foods. I did and even though it is pricier, you know you’re eating naturally grown food and food that is REAL.