What will $50 + million buy you?
It seems it was enough confuse & scare the voters of California with the threat of high food costs.
It was enough to deny us the right to know what is in our food.
Prop 37, that would have required GMO labeling in California, went down to defeat. It was a narrow loss and hopefully the beginning a food movement
that will spread across North America.
80% of the boxes in the grocery carts across North America contain EPA registered pesticides or are genetically-engineered to withstand copious amounts of herbicides.
Do you know which products those are?
Unless you are purchasing entirely organic, you can't be certain that the food you and your family are eating does not contain GMO's.
I have no scientific proof that there is a link between GMO's and the increase in immune disorders, food allergies, cancer, autism, infertility and a host of other
I do believe there is a connection.
Why is it that an otherwise healthy 4 year old girl, the grand daughter of one of our members, develop a rare brain tumor?
This is an update from little Ava's facebook page.
" According to the radiology oncologist, Ava's diagnosis doesn't have a name. It is a rare kind of tumor that has only been discovered in the
last few years. He said some kids do well with treatment, some don't. Ava will have 6 1/2 weeks of radiation and follow it with oral chemo."
Then their is Mauigirl's 40 year old son, diagnosed with a type of colon cancer that is usually only seen in men twice his age.
I do believe that eventually a link will be established between GMO's and these diseases / disorders. Just like Agent Orange and DTT. Those were
"safe" weren't they?
So now what?
Are we willing to sacrifice an entire generation?
What can we as consumers do?
There are stores like Trader Joe's that have made a commitment to all non GMO products. Their prices are reasonable and they will be getting my business.
Trader Joe's Locations
Costco carries a wide range of organic products. They get my business too.
I have contacted Sprouts Market about GMO's and have not heard back from them yet. They do sell organic products however I am not sure about their commitment to NON
Bristol Farm's - an upscale market whose claim to fame is "the finest quality' donated to the No on 37 campaign, I won't be spending any more money there.
Become a label reader.
The most common GMO ingredients are cotton seed oil, corn, soy, canola and beet sugar. Unless labeled as Non- GMO chances are great that any product
containing these ingredients are genetically modified.
I also have recently learned that the PLU code on fruit does not really indicate if a vegetable is genetically modified.
Fruit and produce have a label with a code on it.
If the code is 5 digits and begins with a '9' it is Organically grown.
If the code is 4 digits that product is conventionally grown.
If the code is 5 digits and it begins with an '8" it is genetically modified.
However this 8 designation is OPTIONAL. These codes are really designed to make it easier for the checkers to know what to charge - not to inform the
consumer of GM products.
Fortunately, there are only a few genetically modified fruits and vegetables on the market - at least for now.
Some zucchini, crook neck squash, papaya from Hawaii and some corn on the cob are the suspects.
The real concern is the processed foods and unfortunately baby food and many formulas.
Here is another concern - have you noticed the rise in gluten intolerance and the gluten free products? If a person eliminates gluten from their diet
chances are they are eating more corn products and 80 - 90% of corn is genetically modified to either withstand large doses of Round Up herbicide or to produce it's own pesticide within the corn itself. To me, it stands to reason that eating corn that produces
it's own pesticide - which is actually registered with the EPA as a pesticide, is not a good idea and will lead to other severe health problems.
Support growers and companies that willingly label NON GMO products.
I know how hard it is for busy families to put food on the table but I would encourage you to abandon the business as usual companies that have no regard for the health
and safety of our food supply.
Our government isn't going to require labeling. The only thing we can do is speak with our $$$ - big food is only interested in their bottom line.
Look for this label and support the Non-GMO movement.
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