GMOs, or genetically-modified organisms, are one of the most highly-debated topics in the world today. The issue is front and center to the safety and future of our food supply.
Unfortnately, consumers like you and I, don’t have the best information to make an informed decision when shopping for ourselves or our family. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to avoid GMO foods and even eradicate them for good…
According to Jeffrey Smith, the founder and executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, author of Seeds of Deception and director of the documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, genetic engineering is different from traditional crossbreeding…
In engineering six major GMO crops—soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar beets and alfalfa—a gene from a virus or bacteria was forced into the DNA of the plants. Derivatives such as soy lecithin, soy protein, high-fructose corn syrup and sugar (unless labeled as cane sugar) are in the vast majority of processed foods.
This means, any packaged grocery product not labeled “Non-GMO or “Organic” is likely to contain at least one GMO. Meat and dairy products also contain GMOs from GM feed.
Monsanto portrays Roundup as a benevolent herbicide. This is a lie. Glyphosate, its active patented ingredient, alters biochemical pathways in the body. Scientists such as Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff have linked glyphosate to numerous diseases and disorders, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, gluten sensitivity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, autism and reproductive disorders. In March, the World Health Organization declared it a probable carcinogen.
Many U.S. consumers mistakenly believe that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves GMO crops only after careful study. Instead, the agency claimed it wasn’t aware of any significant difference from other food crops and declared safety testing unnecessary. In reality, according to FDA documents later made public in a lawsuit, the consensus among FDA scientists was that GMOs were different and dangerous and needed rigorous, longterm testing to prevent allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems.
When the George W. Bush administration ordered the agency to promote biotechnology as a way to increase U.S. food exports, the FDA responded by creating a new position of Deputy Commissioner of Policy for Michael R. Taylor, a former Monsanto attorney. He later became a Monsanto vice president and is now back at the FDA as the U.S. food safety czar.
Some food chains like Chipotle, have recently made strides in removing GMOs from their menu.
Chipotle, known for investing in safer, more humane ingredients, has just announced that it will be the first national fast-food chain to ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from its menu.
But when it comes to buying your food at a grocery store or many other restaurants, very few states have laws that require mandatory labeling of GMO foods.
So how can you be sure that tomato or banana you just bought isn’t a GMO food?
Eat organic foods, which are not allowed to contain GM ingredients, or products that are labeled non-GMO, or those that don’t contain derivatives of the current nine GMO food crops, which now include some zucchini, yellow squash and papaya grown in Hawaii or China. Any packaged grocery product not labeled “Non-GMO” or “Organic” is likely to contain at least one GMO; this includes meat and dairy products, from animals that have eaten GM feed.
NonGMOShoppingGuide.com is a reliable resource that lists about 30,000 non-GMO products. A non-GMO diet is recommended by thousands of doctors, as well as the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.
10. Yellow squash
Dr. Frank Lipman has an excellent guide to identifying produce by looking at the number on each sticker Always look for the PLU code that starts with “9”, this tells you that the produce was grown organically and is not genetically modified. For example, an organic banana would be 94011.
We are in control, not government agencies. I believe that promoting a stronger message—that GMOs are dangerous and should be avoided—would better serve consumers and the food-labeling movement. High-profile campaigns will continue educating consumers about the dangers of GMOs and the necessity of rejecting them in favor of healthier nonGMO choices, especially for children that are most at risk.
The desired result is that food companies will feel the loss of profits and remove GMOs as a liability. The tipping point in the U.S. is almost here. In 2013, the president of Whole Foods announced that when a product becomes verified as non-GMO, sales leap by 15 to 30 percent. Thousands of natural product brands were immediately enrolled for verification.
Now conventional brands such as Post Foods’ Grape Nuts, Target’s Simply Balanced brand, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Chipotle’s restaurant menu are GMO-free. General Mills stopped using GMO beet sugar in Cheerios. When the rest of the food industry sees these non-GMO-labeled products increase in sales in conventional supermarkets, they will be forced to eliminate GMOs as well, to protect their market share.
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Whenever possible, Nate is mindful at what he puts into his body and is always looking to nature to thrive, both physically and spiritually. On a daily basis you can find him sipping a tall glass of green smoothie or eating a vegan burrito. He loves sharing his knowledge and deep appreciation for natural healing with the world.