Why is non-GMOs such a big deal for us at Caveman?
GMOs not only pose a risk to our health, but also a risk to the agricultural system that we rely on.
We specifically have chosen to use non-GMO ingredients despite the fact GMOs have become more prevalent. While there are benefits to organic ingredients, we are concerned that GMOs can effortlessly take over an organic crop by natural cross pollination. Once GMOs have become embedded, it is hard to use that crop / land for non-GMO farming. Since they are modified to be resistant to herbicides, they are almost impossible to get rid of once they contaminate the soil. Also, GMO crops can bring stronger, more resistant weeds as well, forcing farmers to use stronger pesticides to help control them. GMOs are bringing nothing but more problems without solving any of our previous ones.
On top of that, studies show that GMOs do not increase yield significantly and their natural counterparts are often fresher looking and tasting.
Our focus is to supply quality healthy snacks to people who want to put better food in their bodies. In doing this, we felt using GMOs would be counterproductive when we say, “What we’re meant to eat.” We are not meant to eat genetically modified foods... It’s really that simple.
With all of this talk about GMOs, you might be asking yourself who makes these seeds in the first place? 60% of GMO seeds are made by four biotech companies, which have patents on all their products. In some markets like corn or soy, they own upward of 70-80% of the seeds used in this channel. We felt it was best to remain true to our roots and to use only sustainable non-GMO products.
So while we obviously believe in the health benefits of non-GMO ingredients, there are other reasons for why non-GMO matters. We feel we would be selling all of our Cavefans short if we were to use GMO products, plus using non-GMO ingredients is better for the agricultural system.