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I am not against a certain industry or corporation – I want to know what is in our food and if it is healthy. Because GMOs have been proven to be harmful for our health and ecosystem, and even worse – the long-term effects are somewhat unknown, I’m choosing to stay away from GMOs. My common sense tells me if something is unknown – stay away. Makes sense, right?! We put on seatbelt while driving and buy life/home/auto insurance because we want to protect what matters to us most. And yet we do not question what is in our food. Why?! Aren’t we what we eat?

Is it because we simply don’t know that food industry in 2015 is not the same as 20 – 30 years ago?! Is it because we trust private companies are looking out for our best interest?! Do we think it is too expensive to eat organic and non-GMO?! I think you might find some answers in “GMO OMG” documentary.

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I first learnt about GMOs 7 years ago when my 1 year old son was getting frequent ear infections. After a thorough research I learnt about GMOs, switched to organic dairy, reduced dairy consumption overall and became vegetarian for a year. We didn’t last as vegetarian for long but since then been buying only organic or local grass fed pastured meat, dairy and eggs.

I encourage you to watch “GMO OMG” and decide for yourself! It is available on Netflix, DVD, on your device, local library and I’m giving away a copy plus some organic goodies from Nature’s Path to 4 lucky winners below.

“GMO OMG” Film

Last year, I was given a copy of GMO OMG by Nature’s Path Organics (note this is not a sponsored post), one of the companies that made this movie possible. It is a story of California father of 3 young kids trying to find out what are GMOs, how they affect our children, health and freedom of choice. The main question: is it still possible to reject our current food system or have we lost something we can’t get back?

I believe we can change the system if we scream and stomp loud enough! Fight for your right to decide what food is on your family’s table!

14 Facts I Didn’t Know About GMOs

  1. Monsanto, biggest producer of GMOs, is a private corporation in business to make money – its business is GMO seed and Roundup chemicals that go hand in hand – GMOs have not been created by Government.
  2. Industry’s strongest argument that we need GMOs is that we need to feed the world – today we produce 4,600 cal per person, per day – double what we need – enough to feed 14 billion people – there are currently 7 billion people in the world and we are not sharing our surplus food with Africa on a daily basis – 11 million lbs of food is being thrown away in the US every hour.
  3. Monsanto has conducted 3 months research on rats claiming GMOs are safe – French scientists did the same 24 months research and 80% rats fed GMO food treated with Roundup have developed at least 3 tumors per rat = cancer. 1 year of rat’s life = 30 – 40 years human life – we have been eating GMOs in the US for 15 years.
  4. After 30 years of studies, Rodale Institute confirmed that organic yields match conventional – in times of draught or flood, organic crops will yield more than GMO seeds.
  5. 85% corn, 91% soy, 88% cotton, 90% canola, 90% sugar beets grown in the US are GMO – fed to pigs, chicken and cows, so most dairy and meat in the US is GMO.
  6. Fisheries feed GMO feed to baby trout – lake trout is GMO.
  7. Monsanto spent billions of $ to fight GMO labeling – if you got nothing to hide, why fight?!
  8. Farmers can’t save the seeds at the end of the crop – they have to buy new seeds from Monsanto every year.
  9. When Jeremy visited Monsanto headquarters and asked about whether a product is safe, he was asked to leave.
  10. Dupont, Monsanto and Syngenta grow most of the food we eat – GMOs lower nutrition of food and human’s immune system.
  11. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s sell some food containing GMOs – buy organic or Non GMO Project Verified.
  12. In 1896 farmers made up 58% of work force, now only 2%.
  13. Haiti rejected Monsanto seeds after an earthquake in 2010 publicly burning them during massive demonstration. Accepting them meant losing their own seeds – Those farmers who bought and planted GMO seeds, had to pull the plants out as they came up withered, red and no good. Monsanto still made them pay.
  14. EU doesn’t allow domestic cultivation of many GMO products. Labeling of food products that have even small traces of GMO content is mandatory!

What Can You and I Do

1. Buy organic and local non-GMO food.

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I buy organic as much as I can. It can be pricey but not really. I learnt if I go with what is in season and on special at the store, I can do it. If I come in with a shopping list for a Caprese salad in February, then I have a problem. Many organics are so affordable these days and I’m thinking I should do a separate post of all organics I buy.

This is my recent grocery store trip – cauliflower, chard, kale, celery, spinach, arugula, bananas, sunflower seeds. On the bottom of the cart you can’t see apples, milk, potatoes and onions. That’s what I found reasonably priced.

2. Sign petitions for labeling GMOs in your area.

3. Ask questions about your food – don’t think “All food is unhealthy, so what can I do”! You can – you are a consumer that makes a choice to buy or not to buy. Make all your next purchase decisions informative!

Giveaway: Me and Nature’s Path Organics (who jumped on board last minute and kindly provided these goodies below including 3 extra DVD copies – I originally had only 1 copy to give away) are giving away 1 copy of “GMO OMG” documentary and 3 GMO OMG prize packs (DVD, a GMO OMG t-shirt and some delicious organic, non-GMO snacks to enjoy while watching the film) to 4 lucky winners. Please note 1 out of the 3 prize packs will be an Instagram only Giveaway I will post on Sunday, March 1, 2015 on my Instagram. Open to US and Canada residents only.

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45 Comments

  1. Kristen D.

    I try as possible to select items, but it’s a lower priority than organic or minimally processed foods

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  2. Teresa

    I’ve been reading about GMO’s I was just diagnosed with being allergic to corn products by my local Naturapathic Dr

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  3. Tracey

    Reading and discussing. Making a effort to be better aware and not support the culprit companies

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  4. Anne

    This information just continues to blow my mind. I do my best to avoid GMOs and buy organic as much as possible but recently I have been stepping up my game because mine and my family’s health is of utmost importance. I refuse to standby and allow a money hungry corporation to slowly kill us. We are planting an organic garden this year and trying to be as self sustaining as possible. I owe it to my son to give him the best I possibly can. Thank you for helping me!

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  5. Christy

    Monsanto has conducted 3 months research on rats claiming GMOs are safe – French scientists did the same 24 months research and 80% rats fed GMO food treated with Roundup have developed at least 3 tumors per rat = cancer. 1 year of rat’s life = 30 – 40 years human life – we have been eating GMOs in the US for 15 years.
    Did you also discover that the French study was done on rats who have been bred to grow tumors for the sake of cancer research, studies on the GMOs and found no evidence of harm.

    2% of the population grows the food… that’s an alarming amount of disconnect from the food supply for the rest of the population.
    There are people in Europe urging them to rethink their position http://www.euractiv.com/science-policymaking/chief-eu-scientist-backs-damning-news-530693
    Even National Geographic addressed this in their latest issue http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/science-doubters/achenbach-text

    I am not saying they are all good or all bad, but fear mongering is annoying when making blanket statements about GMOs. Nearly all of our food are GMOs of some sort. Science just makes it scary. I do not agree with pesticide in plants, but to just change out proteins.. people are freaking. so funny and so annoying

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  6. Angela

    I shop at local Farmer’s Markets and local organic grocery stores whenever possible. I also make sure to read all my food labels!

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  7. Katy

    I think it’s very telling that the EU allows nearly zero GMO crops. I do shop organic and non-GMO as much as possible, but I’m afraid the greed of American business culture may not allow the same GMO bans here.

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  8. Katy

    GMO’s are scary to think about… i never thought it had such a bad effect but seeing that Monsato only did 3 months worth of studies vs the French I am really starting to rethink what I feed my family!

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  9. Shannon

    While this post begins, “I am not against a certain industry or corporation,” half of the fourteen points indicate that the problem is in fact Monsanto, not GMOs. I’m here to suggest that Monsanto – the corporation – is the problem, not GMOs. I know GMOs have gotten a bad reputation lately, but hear me out: when we cross plants to increase yield or to get prettier fruit (as has been done since the dawn of cultivation), we are selecting for fruits with a certain genetic background. If the same goal is accomplished by genetic alteration in a lab, what makes that inherently more dangerous than what we’ve been doing for generations? It doesn’t. It’s certainly important to study as what we feed ourselves and our families is very important, but please use caution. Just because something sounds scary doesn’t mean it is. Use caution. Use good judgment. But, please don’t rail against GMOs as they have not been shown to be inherently dangerous. Buy local. Buy organic. Promote sustainability. And, yes, fight against Monsanto. But, please do not fight against GMOs until there are GOOD data and research to support that cause.

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  10. J F

    I probably take twice as long as I used to 5 years ago to buy groceries because I read labels and check codes on produce. Our food is so expensive and they are trying to cram this poison down our throats for the almighty $!!! I’d love to see what the Monsanto families put on their dinner table.

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  11. Meagan

    I eat a vegetarian diet. I buy as much organic as possible and I grow an organic garden in the summer!

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  12. Donna

    I buy organic, and have recently learned a lot from The Food Babe blog and her new book. We have to sign petitions and fight for our right to know what is in the food we are buying, and not buy from companies who don’t support our rights.

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  13. Nathalie

    I’m planning on starting a garden this summer and only getting my fruits and veggies at local farm markets.

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  14. Crystal

    I buy organic and always check to see if it’s GMO free. If not, I do research and if still questionable, do not buy.

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  15. Erica

    I ALWAYS read the labels of everything I buy, and try to educate my friends, family and coworkers of how damaging GMO’s are. I’ve watched GMO OMG on Netflix but have been looking for copies of it to share with people so that I can further back up my argument of WHY they need to monitor what they eat, too!

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  16. nadya kotik

    I would love to win. I make everything from scratch so it’s mostly veggies/chicken. I guess I should check all the labels.

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  17. Anna

    Read label, read labels, read labels! I’m shocked at how many of my friends don’t even look at label (or even nutritional value when applicable) when buying food. Also, I grow as much as I can in my garden and purchase organic when I can.

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  18. Mercedes

    I definitely plan on watching this documentary to better inform myself as to ways of avoiding gmo. I currently try as much as possible to buy organic and/or local concentrating on what is in season to keep prices down.

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  19. Cody

    It’s cute that you all think you are avoiding GMO’s by buying organic. You may be limiting the pesticides that are used on your foods, but your foods are still genetically modified. They may not be done so by a machine, but selective breeding is genetic modification in real time. If you think that you are staying away from “Big Bad Monsanto” by buying organic, then fine, you probably are, but do not be fooled into thinking that you are eating unmodified foods.

    In the end, none of it matters. There is so much FUD on both sides of the aisle that the issue will likely never be resolved in any reasonable manner. GMO foods aren’t bad. Monsanto has done some terrible things as a corporation, so fight that fight if you wish. In either case, now that you have read this article, you can move forward in your quest for a PhD in Mom Blogs.

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    • Olena

      Cody, I understand everyone is entitled to their opinion but why are you expressing it in such a rude and condescending way?! Listen, I know what hybridization means and it is a big difference from GMO issue with RoundUp together that is talked about here in this article. Mom or Dad doesn’t mean someone stupid, they were blessed with a gift to have a child. That is what that means. But haters will always hate. I wasn’t offended just puzzled why are you so rude…Be kind.:)

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      • Melanie Evans

        Amen, Olena! What a gracious, mature response. Much nicer than mine would have ever been!

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        • Olena

          Haha, Melanie. No, you would do fine. Trust me, I took my time to write that kind of response for the Lady. My husband and my kids hockey taught me to walk away from an issue for 24 hours, come back and then respond. Works very well!

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  20. Lady A

    Good article.
    But your credibility as a writer went out the window as soon as I saw the word “learnt”. Dear G-d, did you not go to elementary school?? There is NO such word as “learnt” in the English language. The correct weird is Learned!!!

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    • Olena

      See, Lady A, I went to school outside of North America where “learnt” is a correct grammar http://grammarist.com/spelling/learned-learnt/ . I also speak Russian and Ukrainian fluently. And English is my second language and I do well, right?! Can you speak 3 languages fluently? No! So next time before you decide to be rude keep your mind open. And don’t be ignorant – American English is not the proper English. But my article is great, I know, with correct grammar apparently. Is my answer good enough for you?

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    • Melanie Evans

      Ha! and you can’t even SPELL right yourself, and yet you come on here rudely attacking the writer of this (awesome by the way, Olena!) blog! The correct “weird” is LEARNED?? LOL. Grow up, dude, and worry about your own shortcomings!

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