Updated on February 8, 2013
I just bought these two peaches from a supermarket. The small one is organic, while the large one is a conventional peach. I wonder…. how do they make it so large? Chemical pesticides and fertilizers? Probably.
Genetic modification? Maybe, who knows. After all, in the US producers are not required to label their genetically modified products (and in fact, a majority of foods you buy in a typical American supermarket- particularly processed foods and some fruits and vegetables) are in some way genetically modified.
Why on Earth would we not be made aware of what we are eating? After all, who knows what GMOs (genetically modified organisms) do to our health? Who knows the long-term consequences? What we DO know, is that lab tests on animals being fed GMOs all point to the negative. Liver issues, reproductive issues, metabolic and endocrine issues. The list goes on.
There are indeed, arguments to both sides of this topic. I have done several research papers and projects about it, and in my somewhat educated opinion – it simply isn’t worth the risks. In reality, there is no need for GMOs. We are indeed able to produce enough “natural” food (yep, even without pesticides and other chemicals) to feed the growing masses.
The sad part is that in America, it’s very difficult to avoid GMOs. These enormous companies (ie: Monsanto) have enough lobbying power to keep GMO labels off our foods – whyyyy???? Because they know that once these foods are labeled, there will be severe public backlash leading to a huge decrease in buying these foods and a shift in demand towards NON-GMO foods. Basically, an overhaul of our conventional farming and feeding system. I’m not kidding.
In Europe, it is mandatory to label anything that is genetically modified as such. There are intense restrictions on imports that are genetically modified. Result: no one eats genetically modified foods. They simply don’t exist because there is no market for them. All foods in Europe are “real” (excluding processing and I’m sure chemicals, but to a lesser extent than here in the US).
If anyone is interested, I can forward you my latest paper on GMOs. You can find here some interesting scientific info on growing peaches.
So what was the verdict on the peaches? The organic one tasted slightly better than the conventional one- which usually just tastes like they are trying to make it big because that’s what Americans like – a lot of whatever it is they’re eating. Not much flavor.
The best peaches I’ve had this year came from a real local farm. Sweet, soft, and organic. Hopefully I’ll be going back there tomorrow!