This is why non-GMO soybeans are the best
Health should always come first when you’re talking about what types of food goes into your body. Here at Laura® Soybeans, we take that belief seriously.
That’s why we are very proud to proclaim that our soybeans are 100% non-GMO. Not only does this create a far superior plant, it also creates a much better tasting soybean – perfect for making your favorite soy-based dish, including tofu, tempeh, okara, soy burgers and, of course, soy milk.
But we thought it would be good to highlight a few of the reasons why non-GMO soybeans are better than their modified counterparts. This way, you’ll be more informed about the choices you are marking regarding what you include in your diet and how to ensure better health overall.
What is GMO?
GMO is an acronym that stands for genetically modified organisms. A GMO is a food product that has been changed in some way on the genetic level. Whenever you hear the term GMO, it most likely will be in the context of a discussion about one of the major crops that are most often genetically modified, especially here in the U.S. Along with soy, those other major crops are canola, cotton and sugar beets.
Why change a plant’s genetics? One common reason is so that it can withstand herbicides or be more resilient to insects or disease. To do this, scientists will place bacterial genes in genetically modified plants. This may sound all well and good, but there are very real downsides on the consumption end whenever GMOs are concerned.
How to find non-GMO soybeans
It is still possible to find non-GMO soybeans, though. You’re already here at our Laura® Soybeans website, so now you’re aware of our delicious non-GMO soybeans – so why venture any further than our online store.
Just kidding (but seriously, our soybeans are the best). You can find non-GMO soybeans elsewhere. One easy way to identify soybeans that haven’t been genetically modified is to look for beans or soy products, such as soy milk, tofu and tempeh that are organic. It’s actually prohibited for foods labeled as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to use GMOS.
The dark side of GMOs
The result is plants that have higher herbicide residues, which cause health concerns related to toxicology, allergy, immune function, reproductive health and much more.
Some studies have even shown that genetically modified soybeans can have up to seven times the amount of natural soy allergen and also double the typical amount of soy lectin. Both of these characteristics of GMO soybeans can actually prevent your body from absorbing some of soy’s nutrients.
Unfortunately for consumers in the U.S., avoiding GMO soy takes some effort. In fact, more than 90% of soy that is grown here is genetically modified. That’s even with the well-known risks that have come to be associated with GMOs.
The benefits of eating non-GMO foods
You should be doing all you can to make sure that GMOs stay out of your diet. There are clear benefits to doing this.
Removing GMOs from your diet truly is being kind to your body. Non-GMO foods are denser in nutrients, aren’t sprayed with pesticides when grown, don’t have antibiotics and the actual growing of non-GMO foods has a lesser impact on the environment.
The toll GMOs take on the environment is significant
One of the worst ways GMOs have affected the environment is through the increased use of herbicide.
Of the GMOs that are grown across the world, more than 80% are designed to have a higher herbicide tolerance. This means that herbicides that are toxic to both animals and humans are actually used more often for GMO crops. The use of herbicides throughout the world has gone up tremendously since GMOs first started being used.
But that’s not all. These GMOs have led to superweeds and superbugs, invasive plants and insects that are resistant to standard herbicides. That has only led to the use of even more toxic herbicides needed to combat these superweeds and superbugs.
GMOs negatively affect farmers
GMOs not only impact the environment, but they also impact the growers who choose to plant them. According to the Non-GMO Project, the biotechnology companies that have developed GMOs are able to get patents that allow them to have total control over the use and distribution of their seeds.
What does this mean? Well, for farmers, it means their hands are often tied in certain areas regarding decisions about how, when and where to grow GMO cross.
The decision is ultimately yours to make
Now, you can go online and find many seemingly reputable sources defending GMOs. But you can also find many other reputable sources – sometimes the same ones – share evidence that GMOs could be harmful to people. Many consumers today are still rightfully suspicious about whether the supposed pros of GMOs outweigh the cons.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide what you want to put in your body. At least consider this, though: With the information you’ve learned even in our short blog post about toxic herbicides and potential nutrition loss, why even risk it?
Make the smart, healthy and clean choice for your body and seek out foods – including soybeans – that are non-GMO and grown with higher standards of health and environmental friendliness in mind.
Our soybeans are non-GMO and so much more
Laura® Soybeans is proud to bring you quality, non-GMO soybeans straight from our fifth-generation family farm in Iowa to your table. All of the soybeans grown on our farm are not only non-GMO and are naturally bred for their characteristics.
But that’s not all. Our soybeans are also vegan-endorsed and provide 100% natural protein that your body needs as part of a healthy diet.
So, whether you have just found our product or are a returning, long-time customer, why not stock up on available products. With Laura® Soybeans, you can make delicious soy milk, tofu, tempeh, okra and much more.