What Can We Do About Genetically Modified Food?

Non GMO300.jpgThe genetic modification of a few crops has had a far-reaching impact on the food lining our grocery store shelves. Here is a definition from The Non-GMO Project. “GMOs, or “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.”

One of the main reasons for these modification is that the “improved” plants can resist the deadly effects of the herbicide Roundup. Now it is possible for farmers to literally saturate the ground with this poison to kill weeds without killing the crop. Obviously, this is bad for the planet and our health. And what far-reaching consequences do the bacteria & viruses have?

Most processed foods contain at least one genetically modified (GM) ingredient. Read the labels of the processed foods in your cupboards & look for these ingredients in any of their many forms:

  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Canola
  • Sugar (beet)
  • Cotton

Do we want a few corporations motivated by power & greed to have control of our food supply? Corn, soy, canola, sugar beets & cotton might be a lost cause.What can we do to avoid consuming these genetically modified foods & stop even more crops from being modified?

We can stop purchasing contaminated food. Profit loss is a huge motivator & voting NO GMO with food dollars is the best way to squelch this.

It’s not practical to expect everyone with an interest in protecting our food supply and their own health to immediately stop buying every product that contains a GM ingredient. An easier route is to find alternatives and to gradually substitute or add those foods. For many, this will involve a lifestyle change. There will be some foods that are impossible for the average person to avoid or replace. The ones that come to mind are dairy, eggs & meat from animals fed GM feed. Don’t be discouraged; make as many other changes as possible.

I would like to spotlight a different food item each Monday & see how many healthy alternatives we can come up with. Please comment below or send me an email with your favorite foods or staples that you would like to see profiled. Together we can brainstorm as many solutions as possible to put safe food within everybody’s reach.

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