I’ve seen it everywhere and had a good idea of the definition of a GMO but ask me to explain and I probably couldn’t. So it was time to dig in and do some research! Maybe you’re like me and have a vague understand it but want clarity. Especially  because this is such a big topic of concern.

So lets get to it!

According to the Non GMO Project website,   “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.”

Think about GMO’s like bionic, unnatural food. Food that causes more harm, perhaps, than good. In various countries, GMO’s have actually been banned!

Back to the Non GMO Project for more: ” Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs:’ which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons like 2,4-D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange). GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture, and are developed and sold by the world’s biggest chemical companies. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these novel organisms cannot be recalled.”

I wonder why companies aren’t more focused on how to enrich soil organically to grown better crops? I suppose it all boils down to money. Some people throw up their hands and exclaim, “Well everything’s bad for you!” and go on eating bad foods and making poor choices because its true, we are all going to die anyway! But the life we live here, now, should be clean and nutritious. I don’t want to consume food that’s going to cause illness or disease later. Yes we are all going to die but I don’t want it to  be because of GMO foods.

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GMO foods have caused a host of problems including tumors, organ failure, gastric lesions, liver damage, kidney damage, allergic reactions and more. GMOs are not sustainable and they are LESS nutritious than non-GMO crops. According to Dr. Mercola, “70 percent of processed foods, but you can largely avoid them by avoiding these processed foods. By switching to whole foods like vegetables, fruits, grass-fed meats and other basic staples, you can control the GM foods in your diet.”

Monsanto is the big company that is trying to change the landscape of farming by controlling the seeds that farmers are allowed to plant. They are behind a lot of the food available in the store and is pushing GMO food. According to Dr. Mercola: On the Hawaiian island of Molokai, where a nearly 2,000-acre test facility for Monsanto sits, air and water quality are horrendous and there are reports of deaths, infertility, uncontrolled cross-pollination, bloody skin rashes, asthma and pesticide contamination in the groundwater.

Is that enough to stay away from Genetically Modified foods? To go deeper into GMO’s and get a little more political, you can read this article here. If you don’t want to read it, then at least stay away from the most genetically modified foods out there. They include: The current crops that are genetically modified are soy, corn, canola, sugar beets, cotton,Hawaiian papaya some zucchini and yellowcrookneck squash and alfalfa (which is fed to cattle and not us). {source} Papaya? How random!

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So that  brings us to avoiding GMOs. What’s a girl to do? Well I did my research and here’s some good advice:

Buy certified organic. Organic foods are not grown from GM seeds.

 Buy brands that are sourced to be free of GMOs such as Trader Joe’s labeled foods or Whole Foods Market’s 365 Daily Value labeled foods.

Use extra virgin olive oil, organic canola oil (cold pressed), or safflower oil. 

Sugar and high fructose corn syrup are another source of GMOs. I use raw honey and stevia.

Know this: if the code on produce is a 5-digit number beginning with an 8, it is GM. 

Buy only 100% grass fed beef.

Skip processed foods.

Start  your own garden- this is one of my big plans for the coming months. 

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