At Crystal Star, we love honey bees—they help propagate fruits, vegetables, nuts, and many of the flowering herbs we use in our products. Like honeybees, we know that small contributions can lead to big benefits. That’s why we support both the Honey Bee Health Coalition and non-GMO formulas as part of our mission to support healthy people in a healthy world.
Even better news? Herbs used in natural supplements in general aren’t genetically modified, even if they don’t have a certification sticker. That’s because most genetic engineering targets cash crops like corn, wheat, and soy, in an effort to keep costs down while increasing yield. Herbs (happily) aren’t profitable enough to draw the attention of gene-altering agribusinesses—though herbs modified for pharmaceutical use are another story.
GMOs have their public-health and papaya-saving upsides, but they come with costs, too. One 1999 study found that pollen from genetically modified corn kills monarch butterfly larvae in lab tests, and a 2012 study concluded that “Roundup Ready” crops led to increased pesticide use and declines in milkweed—the primary food source for monarch caterpillars.
While there’s no direct evidence that genetically modified plants hurt honey bees, GMO-enabled monocultures and the herbicides and pesticides growers spray on many GMO crops do.When you support non-GMO plants, growers and businesses, you also support a return to diversified and sustainable agriculture.