Did you know that 75% of processed foods contain one or more genetically modified ingredients (GMO’s)? They most likely come from corn, soy and canola. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture recently approved GMO alfalfa and sugar beets which is a really sad thing, showing again our government in the area of health is not protecting us from harm at all!
Why should you be concerned? Well the biggest reason is that the majority of GMO crops have been genetically engineered to be able to withstand spraying with herbicides that are toxic, like Monsanto Corp’s “Roundup”. When this product is used, it is transported throughout the whole plant and gets into our environment & food chain.
According to the Academy of Environmental Medicine, “There is more than a casual association between GMO foods and adverse health effects”.Â What happens is that new allergens, toxins and unpredictable side-effects with people and environment emerge. They are so hard to detect because no one would usually think about the cause when diagnosing something. The U.S. government does not require labels on GMO foods, which leaves us to shop and eat unknowingly as to whether we are ingesting it or not.
In addition to possibly reaping a side effect from eating these GMO’s over time in our lives, the nutritional quality of that particular food is compromised and not as pure and full of its vitamins and minerals as it would have been grown in healthy soil with no modifications or chemical sprays. There is an unwanted spread of genetically engineered pollen and seeds going into the air and wind, landing everywhere according to the Organic Seed Alliance. Alfalfa is pollinated by bees which travel for miles, so these seed stocks will become contaminated and threaten the products that organic farmers are trying to produce.
What Can You Do?
- Read product labels front and back to see if there is mention of dextrose, corn starch, corn syrup, corn sugar, soy lecithin, canola and cottonseed oils or even sugar from sugar beets.Â That will be tough because sooo many
- Choose certified organic foods as much as possible.Â They will not use any genetically modified products or antibiotics and hormones.
- Call or write to President Obama, your state representatives and food manufacturers.Â Tell them you will not tolerate these GMO crops and demand labeling of them if used.
- Grow whatever food you can using organic seeds.
Check out resources like: Center For Food Safety, The Organic Center or American Academy of Environmental Medicine’s Genetically Modified Food Position Paper, to stay informed on this issue.
Leave me a comment and let me know if you will act on any of these suggestions and what you think about GMO foods.
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