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What does NON-GMO mean?

When I started to implement a cleansing routine for my skin, one of the things that intrigued me the most was that the product labels said NON-GMO. What does this mean? Well, I invite you to keep reading. The term GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. They are organisms whose genes have been artificially altered through genetic engineering. They can be plants, animals, and microorganisms. This type of modification creates viruses and bacteria in the genes of plants or animals that are generally not found naturally in nature.

 

So what are GMOs used for then?

Sadly it is a question of money. In agriculture or agribusinesses, they use GMO seeds or sprays to create more attractive products for the consumer, besides saving them money. Now, in the cosmetic world, GMOs are used to produce higher levels of certain ingredients. For example, canola, which is often modified to make higher levels of lauric acid, a key ingredient in many soaps.

Why should we avoid them?

According to the American Academy of the Environment (AAEM), numerous studies on animals show potentially serious health concerns. These risks are immune problems, accelerated signs of aging, infertility, insulin regulation, damage to the kidneys, livers, and the digestive system. Unfortunately, in the United States, GMO labeling is not a requirement, which means that you may be consuming a product that contains GMO without knowing it.

That is why we thank the manufacturers of products so much that if they put on their labels that they are GMO-free.

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