Non-GMO Products in the Beauty Industry | What is GMO?
Posted on February 11 2020
What Is the Hype Surrounding Non-GMO Products? What is GMO?
What is GMO? GMO is an acronym for Genetically Modified Organisms. Genetic modification/engineering is the technique through which scientists alter genes from the DNA of our food, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacterial, and virus genes that don’t occur naturally. It has become common practice to modify crops and plants, to make them resistant to diseases, and to boost their nutritional value and flavors. Only recently have people started to question the risks of genetic altering on human health, skin, and the environment.
Scientists and environmental groups have cited many health and environmental hazards with products containing GMOs. According to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the consumption of GMOs is strongly linked to infertility, immune problems, asthma, intestinal damage, and other issues.
To defy the unethical practice of genetic modification of our food, there was a call for products to be made from non-genetically modified ingredients.
The non-GMO movement took off pretty well, with sales of food products with the non-GMO seal increasing two-fold. Everybody warmed to the idea of eating natural, unmodified food that is favorable to our health and is not a menace to the sustainability of our planet
Non-GMO in the Beauty Industry
After the brilliant success in the food sector, people started demanding their cosmetics and health supplements to be GMO-free too. A survey revealed that more than 40% of the global population is willing to pay more for beauty products and supplements carrying the non-GMO verification seal.
That is a hard task in itself, as the basis for most of our cosmetic and makeup products are foods that are grown as genetically modified crops in the US. These include
- Corn, used in moisturizers and anti-wrinkle creams
- Soybeans, common in anti-aging creams
- Sugar beets and papayas, commonly used in skincare lines
But things have started to change following the demand for non-GMO products in the healthcare and cosmetic industry. More and more brands are coming out with responsible organic and non-GMO products, and there are a dozen trust-worthy third-party verification parties for non-GMO products, who inspect the product carefully to ascertain that no genetically modified ingredient has been used.
How Can I Avoid GMO Products?
People who would like to make the switch to a lifestyle with minimal GMO contamination in their foods and other products have options available now. Though the products might be costlier than the standard products that are commercially available, the markets are now flooded with health and beauty supplements, makeup, and skincare that is dedicated to bringing you non-GMO certified products. You should look for the following stamps when shopping
- USDA Organic
- NSF True North Non-GMO Certification
- Non-GMO Project Verified
At Lenovie, we believe in the highest quality standards for our products and are against the use of anything that can harm human health, well being, and the environment. Our hydrolyzed collagen peptide powder, Lenogen, is made from cows that are non-GMO, as well as pasture-raised, hormone-free, and pesticide-free.