When is the last time you considered how the food your purchase is made? This is something you’ll want to consider with regards to genetically modified foods. People may send positive messages about GMOs, but there are reasons you may want to avoid offering them to your customers. Read on to determine whether you should be selling foods that have GMOs in them.
Human Health Concerns
Many doctors and scientists are concerned about the impact of GMOs on human health. There isn’t any independent research done on the matter, so we can’t know for sure if GMOs are safe for people to consume. People may think they are safe since they have eaten these foods for years, but it’s a mystery whether or not there are any long-term side effects from eating them. You don’t want to offer customers food that could be harming their health.
Moral and Ethical Concerns
In tandem with practical and earthly concerns regarding the impact GMOs have on living creatures and the planet, some considerations take place on a moral plane. Genetic modification demands that you manipulate the genetic make-up of something. This has led some religious scholars to ask themselves if these genetically-altered foods are abnormal and a threat to us, if controlling the genetic make-up of foods indicates we are trying to play the role of a divine entity, or if it goes against the laws of nature to mess with natural materials and bend them to our will.
You also run the risk of supporting something that may result in the suffering of animals. Genetic modification is still shrouded in mystery, but there are widespread concerns regarding how genetic mutation harms these animals. People want to protect the wellbeing of animals, and being on the other end of the spectrum, offering foods that may have been made at the expense of their wellbeing, could be unappealing to customers.
GM crops bring up concerns regarding power and control. There are socioeconomic concerns that come partly from intellectual property protection and the money that comes as a result of it. But profits aren’t the only thing that have people worried. Once upon a time, the knowledge of farming practices, seeds, and crops, was available to the common people. Nowadays, this knowledge is kept private.
Many farmers who prepare the food you purchase have legal concerns that stem from the GMOs they use in their foods. The farmers you buy from are forced to enter license agreements that relinquish their rights, including their right to save their seeds. The contracts these farmers sign also encourage them to use company-specific pesticides.
It comes as no surprise that farmer advocates worry about how the imposition of genetically modified seeds brings about corporate colonialism. Supporting GMOs means to promote big business rather than the local farmer.
Baywater Farms Has The Right Produce For You
Baywater Farms is a family-owned and operated farm servicing Baltimore, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware beaches, and the Eastern Shore. We are capable of meeting the demands of your produce distributor, restaurant produce supplier, CSA produce supplier, or wholesale produce supplier while maintaining the integrity and character of a small farm. When you work with Baywater Farms, you work with an experienced, ethical, and local farm dedicated to providing the highest-quality heirloom produce possible.