Do you know what A GMO is?
Definition: A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait or characteristic, hence they are also known as transgenic organisms. This process may be called either Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM); they are one and the same.
Basically what is happening is our food is being injected with foreign genes to create a super food. Sounds cool, right? NO! These foods are not being made extra special to carry more nutritional value but to ensure the crops are not killed by bugs or Round-up (pesticide). What exactly does that mean? It means that poisonous bacteria or chemicals are inside the seed to keep the crops growing. While it sounds great, it is dangerous. These chemicals are in our food, in our bodies, and in the soil. Once a GM product has been planted there is no reversing this and that doesn’t even include when the wind blows and cross pollination occurs, or bees… oh the bees.
What are the GMO crops?
There is only 8 GMO approved crops:
- Hawaiian Papaya
- Some Zucchini
- Sugar Beets
The list is short and simple therefore it should be easy to avoid right? WRONG. Look at the labels of the items you are buying… it most certainly contains at least 1 of the above items. The trickiest part is that it may not even say “corn” but a VERY popular additive is High Fructose Corn Syrup. That is GMO. Unless it states Cane Sugar, rest assured it is GMO. Truth be told unless you are digging it from the ground or buying organic it is nearly impossible to buy non GMO products easily. The milk, eggs, cheese, etc you are consuming may not be treated with rBST but they are more then likely feed GM products, meaning that is will and does pass onto you. So now, you may be asking why isn’t this labeled? After all, USDA “Organic” product is labeled.
Why isn’t labeling required?
This is where things kind of take a turn for the weird. At this point in the game, the leader of the GMO movement, Monsanto, also has their ex-VP sitting at the top of the FDA. Now I am not one to run with conspiracy theories but this one definitely has me scratching my head. Some of the top brands have spent MILLIONS of dollars to stop GMO labeling requirement bills around the country. At this time there is only a handful of states that have passed GMO labeling laws. I know that here in AZ the bill died without a blink. What is even crazier is that the US and Canada are the only countries to not require labeling.
What are the health risks in consuming GM products?
There are a number of dangers that broadly fall into the categories of potential toxins, allergens, carcinogens, new diseases, antibiotic resistant diseases, and nutritional problems. Autism, digestive tract diseases, cancers, all things that have drastically increased since the introduction of GMOs in the early 90s. I sat in a room full of hundreds of people and listened to some of their experiences. I heard the mother tell the story about her autistic son talking after a week of a Non GMO diet. A wife who’s husband was damn near cured of kidney failure after a 20 month diet free of GM products. The list goes on and on and even extends to pets.
How can you avoid GM products?
This is hard. The easiest thing would to be find products with the Non GMO Project label on the packaging. It won’t be easy because it is very few and far between. Buy organic. If it is organic it is as GMO free as possible. I know this expensive. I get it, I really do. I choose to buy organic when it counts. I take a shopping guide with me and read labels. It takes longer but it helps. Whole Foods has committed to labeling their GMO Free products by 2018. While this is a great move in the right direction… it is just not soon enough. I am hoping that means other big name branches will follow in their footsteps and beat them to that 2018 deadline. Trader Joe’s has stated all their brands are GMO free but, again, no labeling. The less processed food the better. My husband is terrified that the next step is veganism. While it may be a premature fear, it may not be entirely unrealistic. We are in the process of finding a grass feed cow rancher to buy bulk beef from. We are way more cautious of what we buy and why. We aren’t prepared for a zombie invasion but what we have brought into our house the last two weeks are GMO free. Note to the wise… just because they are local does not mean they are organic or GM free. I learned this the hard way! To see a great shopping guide click HERE.
How can you make a difference?
Use your voice, use your dollar. I boycott things pretty frequently. Walmart, Chickfila, Nestle, Anthropology and even Target there for a while. When companies are letting me down I have no problem cutting out my financial support. These companies depend on YOUR money. If you stopped spending that few bucks on something filled with toxic chemicals because it is on sale and you were tempted by a coupon, then turned around a told a few friends, who turned around a told a few, etc…. it would be game changing. In the UK they got rid of GMOs in something like 10 weeks! We would only really need 5% of the US population to boycott until we saw real change. Research what is going on in your communities. Visit Farmer’s markets, know the bills, get involved, tell a friend, post on social media. Our children need US to provide them with a bright future. That cannot happen if we are busy eating poison.
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