Veggies and fruits
Today’s supermarkets are filled with shiny and perfect looking vegetables and fruits that are resistant to many natural insects and birds. The fruits and vegetables have prolonged shelf life and by looking at them you won’t believe some may be well over a month old. This is an example of a GMO crop where the gene of the crop is edited for a more favorable batch to prolong their shelf life and how they look.
Because GMO consumption is still in its early stages, we do not have enough data as to whether GMO food is healthy or unhealthy.
The agricultural farming has come a long way and today more pesticides and herbicides are sprayed than ever before to guard fruits and vegetables against potential threats. A lot of these chemicals are carcinogenic and or causing digestive problems. To reduce the risk of eating chemicals, go for organic when possible.
Before the advent of GMO crops, vegetables and fruits would start to rot within a few days. Nowadays we have foods in supermarkets coming from different countries and continents on the other side of the ocean that have possibly spent well over a week in transportation. A non-GMO food will not survive these weeks- long journey before it starts to rot. GMO food on the other hand look fresh even after a month.
Wax on fruits:
Most fruits like apples, and many vegetables are coated with synthetic edible wax to prolong their shelf life and make them look shiny and attractive. It is advised that fruits and vegetables should be washed in hot water before eating. In most cases it is always a good idea to peel away the top layer of the foods to reduce intake of herbicides, pesticides and wax coatings.
Buy locally grown food items
Choose organic when possible
Wash fruits and vegetables with hot water before eating
Buy fresh from farmer’s market when possible
Avoid fresh foods that have travelled long distances