DAY 4 — Hello!!
For the next two days, we will talk about harsh chemicals in our FOOD!
Check out this intro trailer for the GMO OMG film:
You are all doing an incredible job of learning how to keep you and your family safe. We have lots more to cover. We appreciate you!
Ask yourself the following question:
Are GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism) safe to eat?
Comment below with one of the following answer selections:
- NO! GMOs pose tremendous health risks and dangers! Stay away!
- Maybe. I feel it could possibly be okay to consume in moderation but may need to research a little more to make a more definite response.
- YES! I believe there is no evidence genetic engineering changes a food’s quality, safety, “or any other attributes.”
- Not sure either way. I need to research and learn more about this topic.
There is a TREMENDOUS amount of controversy over the topic of food these days. Whether or not GMOs are safe to eat or if glyphosate on food is cause for concern. These and many others are hot topics of debate in the United States. We will share with you the research and conclusions that we have made which have helped us in making informed decisions for our families.
What are GMOs?
GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering (GE).
Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or an insecticide. Research indicates that none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer enhanced nutrition or any other consumer benefit.
The herbicide that is sprayed on produce is called Roundup which is produced by Monsanto. Its active ingredient, glyphosate, was patented in the 1970s.
The first “Roundup Ready” crops were developed in 1996, with the introduction of genetically modified soybeans that are resistant to Roundup. These crops were developed to help farmers control weeds. Because the new crops are resistant to Roundup, the herbicide can be used in the fields to eliminate unwanted foliage. Current Roundup Ready crops include soy, corn, canola, alfalfa, cotton, and sorghum, with wheat under development.
Roundup Ready crop seeds have notoriously been referred to as “terminator seeds.” This is because the crops produced from Roundup Ready seeds are sterile. Each year, farmers must purchase the most recent strain of seed from Monsanto. This means that farmers cannot reuse their best seed.
Is the use of Glyphosate on GE crops something to be concerned about?
The research is now surfacing and it’s not pretty:
> It Doubles Your Risk Of Lymphoma
A major new review of 44 scientific studies found that glyphosate exposure doubles farmers’ risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The study authors theorize that Roundup disrupts the normal functioning of white blood cells, throwing your immune system into a sickened, dysfunctional state.
> It is a Pathway to Modern Diseases
A recent study found that Glyphosate residues in the main foods of the Western diet – sugar, wheat, and genetically modified corn and soy – inhibit critical enzymes in mammals [which] manifests slowly over time, as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.
> It’s Killing Your Gut
Glyphosate isn’t just an herbicide; it’s registered as an antimicrobial agent in the U.S., too, thanks to its ability to wipe out a wide variety of pathogenic organisms. The problem is harmful pathogens like Clostridium botulinum, Salmonella, and E. coli are able to survive in the gut, but the “good guys” in your digestive tract, protective microorganisms, bacillus and lactobacillus, for instance, are killed off. This could set your digestive tract up for a nightmarish situation, including “leaky gut,” where the protective gut lining is compromised, allowing bacteria and toxins to escape into your bloodstream. http://mbio.asm.org/content/6/2/e00009-15
These are just some of the findings that we’ve come across. A “Google” search about Roundup or Glyphosate effects and/or facts will give you a lot more research to comb through.
All this talk about seeds and genetic engineering and pesticides is way above our head! It can be intimidating trying to understand how it all affects us. One of the things that helped me tremendously was watching documentaries about this issue. One of the documentaries that we recommend is “FOOD, Inc!” They really broke it down in a way that many can understand.
FOR A SUPER BIG BONUS CREDIT, we encourage you to watch it for yourself. Comment below when and if you watch the film and be sure to include your conclusion on GMOs and Roundup.
Watch FOOD, Inc. on Netflix here:
OR, if you have HULU and want to watch FOOD INC. in HD see it here:
If you have ALREADY seen FOOD, Inc. then the second option would be to watch Genetic Roulette the Movie:
This is the last post tonight. Tomorrow we will continue our talk about toxins in our food.
For our conclusion, how about let’s agree to be on the lookout for and to stay clear of Roundup?!
- Would you like other herbicide solutions for your home’s lawn and garden. Guess what? Vinegar & ESSENTIAL OILS make great natural herbicides!!!! (http://www.gcbl.org/live/home/landscaping/is-there-a-safe-alternative-to-roundup)
- Limit processed foods. Mmkay!?
- Hit the farmer’s market. Grab some buddies, leash your dog, and go for a stroll to get fresh produce. You’ll have fun, feel good, help local businesses, and reinforce good health. True story
- Buy grass fed meats and/or pastured poultry instead of factory-farmed animals raised on glyphosate-soaked feed. (http://www.eatwild.com/products/)
- Buy certified organic, non-GMO products whenever possible.
- OR Grow your own. Starting your own vegetable garden will ensure that your food is grown without glyphosate – just make sure the soil you use in your garden is from a clean, healthy, pesticide-free source!
For more ideas on avoiding GMO’s, check out The Smart Shopper’s Guide to Non-GMO Foods: http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/issues/311/ge-foods/shoppers-guide-to-avoiding-ge-food#