My newsfeed on Facebook has been cluttered with stories about Chipotle going non-GMO. The fact that they're doing that is their choice. Whatever. What upsets me is that they don't share with their consumers that the majority of their ingredients aren't GMO products to begin with!
We know there are 8 GMO crops in the U.S.: Corn, soybeans, alfalfa, cotton, canola, papaya, sugar beets and squash. So yes, they may choose to not use soybean or canola oil in their cooking anymore, or to use non-GMO corn in their corn salsa, tortillas or chips. But, their tomatoes, rice, meat, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce and other options aren't even GMO to begin with!
And what's even more upsetting is that consumers don't know this. I've been doing some due diligence today, trying to remind people that GMOs aren't in everything. That companies are NOT putting pesticides directly into seeds. That GMO tomatoes don't exist. And it's a tough battle! So many people seem to be confused about the difference between genetically modifying something and breeding something.
If you don't want to eat genetically modified foods, that's your prerogative. But if you're going to take a stand AGAINST GMOs, please get your facts straight. I'm not a scientist. By any means. But, when you take a step back and think about the process and read some articles that aren't necessarily aligned with your personal fears, you find that GMOs aren't quite the travesty they're made out to be. Take some time to read the other side. I have. And to me, science wins!
So, to my farmer friends and readers, take some time and help me take the fear out of GMOs and farming. Help educate those who get their knowledge (if you can call it that) from people like Food Babe. Follow people like Farm Babe and Science Babe. Be the positive voice, and the reasonable voice, for agriculture, and for GMOs.
And to Chipotle: Stop using fear to sell your food.
PS: I sure hope none of those GMO naysayers is a diabetic. Awfully hypocritical considering the insulin that diabetics use is a GMO product.