What exactly is a GMO?
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. GMOs are crop plants that have been modified in a laboratory to enhance certain traits. Genetic modification can result in nutritional enhancement, decreased use of herbicides from amplified herbicide resistance, and increased crop yield. Throughout history, crops were improved through generations of careful breeding, but advances in science now allow this process to be sped up in laboratories.
How can GMOs affect our safety and nutrition?
Because GMOs are still a new science, there have been no long-term studies to substantiate their exact effect on our health. It is possible, however, that the modification of crops could lead to the development of new food allergies. GMOs also pose a potential threat to other plants and animals due to their unknown ecosystem interactions. These uncertainties, in conjunction with conflicting religious and/or cultural views, leave some consumers wary of products containing GMOs. For these reasons, Aunt Millie’s now offers baked goods that contain no GMOs.
Look for Aunt Millie’s Early American Breads and future GMO free products in the bread isle at your local grocer.