biggest football fan there ever was, but MAN do I like a good tailgate. Errrr, tailgate food. Yes, hot diggity dawgs and hamburgers tend to steel the spotlight on game day, but lettuce not forget about all the other glorious options out there! Eleveate your tailgate with seven layer dip, chips and guacamole, spinach and artichoke dip, chili, and jalapeño poppers. Oh, and some beer. Maybe even beer in the chili, if you’re into that. Just because it’s a by week here in Columbus doesn’t mean that tailgates are off limits! Lucky for you, Whole Foods Market stores nationwide will be grilling up a storm and sampling a bunch of non-GMO must-haves on Saturday, October 11th from 2pm-4pm. And why not snag a brewsky at The Social while you shop? I don’t hate it. Let’s chat for a hot minute about GMOs. Other than OMG spelled backward, what the hell are they?! GMO stands for genetically modified organism, which is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using unnatural engineering techniques. Many crops are modified to survive herbicide treatment, produce their own pesticides and resist certain diseases. A whopping 70% of our packaged foods contain GMOs. Stores really can’t exclude GMOs because government regulations don’t currently require the disclosure of GMOs in food. This topic is EXTREMELY debated in the media. Because I’m not in the mood to get anyone hot and bothered over it and because we all deserve to have our own opinions, I’ll just share my stance in a nutshell. I prefer my food to be non-GMO because I don’t believe it’s natural and we don’t know the long-term effects of their usage. Using them to feed certain populations in need is one thing and creating gigantic, flawless looking apples genetically altered be higher in antioxidants is another. I don’t want to buy fruits and vegetables with double the vitamins because of genetic modification. I like them just how they are. For another awesome article on this topic, read this one. You can also learn more from the Non-GMO Project. Get this—by 2018, all Whole Foods products containing GMOs will be labeled. Full transparency here, people! Whole Foods currently offers over 25,000 certified organic products and about 8,500 Non-GMO Project Verified products in their stores. To avoid GMO’s….
- Buy certified organic. The USDA National Organic Standards do not allow the use of GMOs.
- Choose Whole Food’s 365 Everyday Value® brand. Of note, all plant-derived ingredients are sourced to avoid GMOs; but if a product has meat, eggs or dairy ingredients, they could be from animals that were given GMO feed — unless the product is organic or Non-GMO Project Verified
- Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified seal, which have been verified non-GMO by a 3rd party.