Popcorn is a well loved snack food(or for those pressed for time, a meal). For those of us looking to avoid GMO’s in their food, corn and popcorn are problematic. With something like 90% of the corn crop in the US being genetically modified, many of us stay away from eating popcorn. Well here at NBNH we found an article by Meagan of Growing Up Herbal where she discovered that the corn used for popcorn does not comes from the GMO strain of corn. Keep in mind that you will still need to find a organic version of popcorn to keep all the other nasties of conventional farming, ie pesticides out of your snack. So with that said check out the article, share and pass the popcorn!
Sarah asks… “My kids LOVE popcorn, but I’ve recently been learning about how bad GMOs are for the body and that we shouldn’t eat them. Do you know of any popcorn brands that aren’t GMO?”
I’ve heard this question over and over from parents who are trying to get away from the majority of the GMO products on the market today, but their kids love popcorn (who doesn’t) and they’re wanting a substitution.
Popcorn is one of those “healthy snacks” anyway, right? Besides… popcorn and movies… they go together like bread and butter… peanut butter and jelly… peas and carrots.
So when this question popped up on my radar… I wasn’t surprised, but you may be with my answer.
When I first heard about this, I had no clue. Plus, I’m in the same boat as many of these parents. I like popcorn… my kids like popcorn… and it can be a great snack. So what did I do? I searched for answers, and here’s what I came up with.
Popcorn Is Not GMO
Elizabeth Yarnell of EffortlessEating.com stated, “At the Seeds of Doubt conference recently, Jeffery Smith, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and GMO expert, assured us that even though almost 90% of the corn grown and eaten in this country is GMO corn, popcorn comes from a different seed and has not been genetically modified.” 
Seeing as how Jeffery Smith, author of Genetic Roulette DVD and Seeds of Deception book, is a GMO expert… I feel comfortable believing this information which is a relief since I’m not a fan of GMO anything and like I said, my family loves popcorn.
Conventional Popcorn Is A No-Go
Now just because popcorn is not GMO doesn’t mean that you should just go out and buy any cheap brand at the grocery store. No, no, no. You see, popcorn is a crop that is heavily covered in pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers, and that means that it’s best eaten as organic. Yes, this includes movie theater popcorn, microwavable popcorn, and popcorn kernels that are not organic.
The amount of chemicals that are added to popcorn will blow your mind. Just check out the 2013 Agri-Chemical Handbook on Popcorn.org to see for yourself!
Find out more of where to get Organic Popcorn Here: popcorn