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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fisheries feed GMO feed to baby trout – lake trout is GMO.
- Monsanto spent billions of $ to fight GMO labeling – if you got nothing to hide, why fight?!
- Farmers can’t save the seeds at the end of the crop – they have to buy new seeds from Monsanto every year.
- When Jeremy visited Monsanto headquarters and asked about whether a product is safe, he was asked to leave.
- Dupont, Monsanto and Syngenta grow most of the food we eat – GMOs lower nutrition of food and human’s immune system.
- Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s sell some food containing GMOs – buy organic or Non GMO Project Verified.
- In 1896 farmers made up 58% of work force, now only 2%.
- 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.
- 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.
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.