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Where Does my Food Come From Series: GMO

By: Steve Frailey Wednesday April 22, 2020 comments Tags: gmo, organic farming, healthy eating

What is a GMO?

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are the result of a process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated species.

What is a Gene?

Genes are short sequences of DNA.

How is Genetic Engineering Accomplished?

All living organisms have natural barriers to protect themselves against the introduction of foreign genes. Genetic engineers must force genes from one organism into another. 

 Methods Include:

  • Infecting the organism with a virus or bacteria with the new gene
  • Injecting the new genes into fertilized eggs
  • Electric shocks creating holes in the sperm of an organism, and injecting the new genes through those holes

 Did you know? Herbert Boyer and Stanley Cohen created the first GMO in 1973.

Are GMOs Safe for Humans?

Studies have never been conducted to officially confirm if GMOs are safe for human consumption. Animal studies have concluded that consuming GMOs can cause internal organ damage, reproduction complications, and death.

Where are GMOs?

IN YOUR FOOD! Introduced into the food industry in the mid-1990s, GMOs are present in the majority of processed foods. While GMOs are banned as food ingredients in Europe, the labeling of GMOs foods are not required in the US.

What Foods are GMO?

The most commercialized GMO crops grown and processed in the U.S. include:

  • Soy (94%)
  • Cotton (90%)
  • Canola (90%)
  • Sugar beets (95%)
  • Corn (88%).

There is Hope!

The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard was published in the Federal Register in December 2018. Products containing GMO ingredients that provide a nutritional difference compared to non-GMO ingredients will have to be labeled by 2022. This law is the start of mandatory GMO labeling in the US. 

Wait is My Noni Fruit Leather GMO?

By definition, GMOs are strictly prohibited in organic farming and food production. Certified organic farmers (which we are) also do not use synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilizers to grow crops. I've been an organic farmer for over 40 years, way before the certification process even began. For my family, organic practices on the Noni Farm are a way of life. We work with nature and all of its living organisms in the soil and in the plants. Rest assured, our Noni Fruit Leather is certified organic and non-GMO. It is also gluten free and vegan!

Click here to read more about our organic farming practices


Steve Frailey

About the Author: Steve Frailey

My wife and I (Steve Frailey) moved to Kauai, Hawaii in 1982 from our organic farm in California. There were no roads, electricity, water or buildings but lots of Noni trees (Morinda Citrifolia) in our valley. We also developed a deep relationship with Noni that was growing all through our valley.  Today we run our Hawaiian Organic Noni farm, and share the gift of health with people throughout the world.