Non-GMO Family Awareness
What is a GMO?
A GMO is a Genetically Modified Organism, created by splicing genes to produce unnatural combinations of plant, animal, bacterial, and/or viral genes into one seed. For example, they take a gene from a fish and inject it into a strawberry to make it grow longer into the season. The seeds can also produce their own pesticides and are engineered to withstand huge amounts of herbicides.
Why is this a concern to us?
GMOs are essentially chemically altered food that was never fully tested for human consumption, let alone even as animal feed, before it was sourced in nearly every processed food available over the past few decades. More toxins in our food, more toxins in our bloodstream, more diseases. The health ramifications have been so huge that it has taken the general public this long to realize that our bodies have not been able to adapt to all of the foreign elements we are ingesting. Our bodies are literally rejecting the food because it is not really food. There has been a skyrocketing increase in allergies, autoimmune diseases, asthma, ADD/ADHD, autism, decreased fertility, and cancers of all sorts over the past decade. We are so very resilient, but our bodies are finally saying STOP!
And, what about the farmers?
Monsanto is literally putting thousands of farms out of business because they have a patent on their GMO seeds and require that you can't replant them each year, requiring that farmers become dependent on Monsanto for sourcing seeds. Monsanto can even sue neighboring farmers whose fields may become contaminated with GMOs through cross-pollination just by being near a GMO farm and because Monsanto has a patent on all of the seeds. With the government subsidizing famers to grow these crops, and Monsanto controlling the patents on all of these seeds, it is pretty obvious that they are making huge profits. They don't want us to understand these connections, or the detrimental effects of GMOs.
How prevalent are GMOs really?
Approximately 94% of soy, 90% of canola, and 88% of corn in the U.S. is genetically engineered. And, 80% of foods on grocery store shelves in the United States has been genetically modified, without any required labeling. In nearly 64 other countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the European Union, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are restricted or outright banned.
So, why are they legal here?
Because the former Vice-President of Monsanto is now Deputy Commissioner of Foods for the FDA. And, the revolving door between Monsanto and the government has been going on for decades. Monsanto, the leading company producing GMO seeds, is actually a chemical company who is known for Agent Orange, PCB's, and RoundUp.
Well, what do we do about it?
Vote with your forks and your dollars, literally. If you can commit to STOP buying GMO foods, Monsanto loses profit. And, we all know that these companies are only concerned about profit, so hit them the only place it counts. The Non-GMO Project is the only U.S. third party verification for providing Non-GMO choices at this time. Look for their label so you know you are choosing Non-GMO, or choose USDA certified organic, or shop at local farmer's markets and ask the farmers how they grow their food. Get to know your food and where it comes from! Also, if you live in a state where GMO Labeling makes it on the ballot, do everything you can to pass it! And, if you live in a state that hasn't yet proposed a GMO Labeling ballot initiative, then do everything you can to make it happen! Or, support those business and organizations out there educating people on GMOs and leading the effort to label them. Vote with your fork and your dollar and don't buy foods that contain GMOs. Or, at least take a step toward that goal by committing to not buy any GMO corn or GMO soy. Pick one of the top contenders and start there.
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