Happy Earth Day! As lovers of this Earth and the bounties it provides (our superfoods among them), we are excited to celebrate Earth Day and participate in the Non-GMO Project’s month-long Challenge. While we speak often about the health-affirming properties of our superfoods and their rich histories, we less frequently discuss our commitment to renewable energy and sustainable agriculture—including Non-GMO farming, which is paramount in protecting and honoring our Earth.
In order to understand why GMOs are so problematic, we must first understand what exactly they are. As defined by the Non-GMO Project, Genetically Modified Organisms are “living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering.” Crops are typically genetically modified to withstand herbicides or produce insecticides. As we have seen with processed foods, consuming products that have been created or manipulated in a lab can have dire effects on our health. While research is still being conducted on GMOs, the same result is likely.
More than 60 countries across the world have implemented strict restrictions or bans on the growth or sale of GMOs. America and Canada, however, are not among them; here, GMOs are entirely legal. This decision is justified by studies that were conducted by the same corporations that created GMOs and profit from their sale. That’s a red flag if I’ve ever seen one!
Luckily for all of us, foods that are certified organic are never genetically modified. This means that by buying and consuming organic produce and products, we are automatically living a non-GMO lifestyle and supporting non-GMO farms.
Sourcing and offering the highest quality non-GMO superfoods is of utmost importance to us at Navitas Organics. After all, our superfoods’ nutrient-dense, vitality affirming properties are largely reliant on being grown organically and without genetic modification—which is why our products are always organic. This ethos is stronger than ever, as we continue to develop new products and partner with a growing number of suppliers.
We have recently strengthened our commitment to the Earth by partnering with A Growing Culture (AGC), a New York-based non-profit that champions agroecology through grassroots community engagement, information exchange and advocacy for local farmers across the globe. As a sponsor, we actively support their work, which AGC team member Bonnie Averbuch describes as aiming “to catalyze change in our food system by advancing local solutions that address both environmental and human rights.”
At Navitas, we believe wholeheartedly in choosing to Live Life Positive. This is directly tied to the food you eat and extends well beyond that essential action. It is about caring for the environment by supporting organic and sustainable farms. It is about preserving the rich histories of the superfoods we celebrate. It is about educating ourselves and others about the inner workings of our food system, so that we can be more effective agents of change. It is about creating community and preparing our food with joy and loving care. It is about embodying the values that the non-GMO lifestyle supports: being active members of the growing movement of citizens who stand up for a sustainable, healthy and transparent food system.