Why Akuna uses only non-GMO ingredients
Why Akuna uses only non-GMO ingredients
By Martina Zapal
The abbreviation GMO stands for a “genetically modified organism”. Such organism has been altered by way of genetic engineering so that it contains DNA extracted from another plant or animal. GMO foods were first introduced as a solution to world hunger. The idea was to develop crops resistant to pesticides and herbicides in order to increase quantities and decrease costs. In America, the first GM tomato crop was approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in 1994.
Currently, approximately 90% of soy, cotton, canola, sugar beets and corn in the USA are genetically modified. Products derived from these crops include corn syrup, corn-starch, high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin and soy protein, to name a few. Other countries prohibit cultivation of GMO products but still allow them to be imported. Canada, Japan and China, for example, restrict GMO products but allow them, once they have passed regulatory standards. The European Union does not grow any GMOs and yet, they are one of the world’s largest consumers of them.
The labeling regulations of GMO foods vary from country to country. However, in most cases an “optional” labelling system is applied, meaning it is up to the discretion of the producer to declare the use of GMOs rather than a requirement. Therefore, we may be unknowingly consuming an abundance of GMOs. Processed foods such as corn and soy are likely to contain ingredients from GMO crops and although there are no GMO animals used in farming, animal feed is likely to mostly consist of GMO corn and GMO soybeans.
After 20 years of consumption of GMO foods, what do we know?
Twenty years in human history is a fairly short period, and the negative effects of consuming GMO foods will likely not be evident for a long time to come. Many years of research on animals and clinical trials are required for a fair assessment. However, most studies that have so far been conducted, indicate that GMO foods may indeed cause some common toxic effects such as hepatic, pancreatic, renal, or reproductive effects and may alter the hematological, biochemical, and immunologic parameters.
And actually, we are now entering a new era of GMOs, which is often referred to as GMO 2.0. North American store shelves are now being stocked with the next generation of GMO foods like the Arctic Apple, an apple that never browns, or the GM salmon, a fish that grows twice as fast as conventional salmon even in freezing waters.
In a recent article entitled: “The dangers of genetically modified foods” published by The Guardian, Dr. Nini Iyizobap draws attention to the startling results of several studies:
“Infertility: Studies done on animals showed that more than half of the babies of GM-fed mother rats died within 3 weeks. Also, the longer the mice were fed GM foods, the less babies they had and the smaller the babies were. GM fed rats had uterus and ovary changes, and by the 3rd generation, they were unable to have babies.
Cancer: In March 2015, World Health Organization (WHO) classified Glycophosphate as carcinogenic. Glycophosphate is a toxin that is greatly used in GMO foods and has been linked to many illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s, Autism. It has also been known to be linked to breast cancer and prostate cancer.
Liver toxicity: Rats that were given GM potatoes showed damaged livers. When these rats were switched to non-GM foods, their liver over time went back to normal.
Antibiotic resistance: GE (genetically engineered) foods have the ability to make certain bacteria to be resistant to antibiotics, which will ultimately result in the increase and spread of infections. For example, GE maize plant from Novartis includes an ampicillin resistant gene and if this gene moves from the corn into bacteria, it will make ampicillin an ineffective drug in fighting bacterial infections.”
Akuna products are always non-GMO
When Akuna searches for ingredient suppliers for our products, we only consider reputable providers that meet our high quality standards. One of the criteria we require, is that the ingredient is non-GMO, meaning that it is grown without the use of genetic modification. When it comes to quality and the safety of our products, there is no compromise. We ensure that every ingredient in our products is non-GMO certified.