It’s not an easy task to figure out if what you’re buying and feeding your family has GMOs in it. And sometimes, it can be so difficult that I would just give up and buy whatever- GMOs or not. Well, now I’m more educated with what contains these genetically modified ingredients and why I don’t want to feed them to my family, and I’m carefully ridding my home of GMO foods. It’s a process, and it has been liberating. And shocking.
There are GMOs in so many foods! I started this adventure with the idea in my head that if we just slowly got into this whole non-GMO thing, that it would still be better than not doing it at all. And that’s true, but here’s the thing- evidence is quickly building as to the dangers of GMOs and it’s getting scarier and scarier by the minute.
There was a recent study done in France where scientists fed rats a GMO based diet along with trace amounts of Round-Up (Yes- Weed Killer). They gave them no more Round Up than what’s legally allowed in our own water supplies. The results of the study were sickening. The rats were “fed NK603, the Monsanto variety of GM corn that’s grown across North America and widely fed to animals and humans. This is the same corn that’s in your corn-based breakfast cereal, corn tortillas and corn snack chips.” (Natural News)
Yep- you read that correctly. That cancer causing, life shortening, tumor building GMO corn is the same corn in those Doritos your kids had for lunch, the same corn that was used to make your Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, the same corn that’s used to make the tortilla chips you bought yesterday with that amazing salsa, and the same ingredients that could be in your infant’s FORMULA. Yes- that is correct, infant formulas are filled with GMOs. Why? Because it’s cheap and easy and the FDA allows it. It’s really that simple. It increases the company’s bottom line and they really don’t give a damn about you or your kids.
So how can you avoid GMOs?
First and easiest step is to look for a seal that looks like this:
When you see this on a product, you can be assured that the Non GMO Project has rigorously tested and verified that the product you’re buying does not contain any genetically modified organisms.
The next thing you can do is try to buy organic. Organic foods are way less likely to contain GMOs. Specifically look for foods that are labeled “100% organic”. If they have that 100% mark, they are assuring you that the product does not contain GMOs. The other way to tell about what kind of produce you’re buying is to look at the stickers on the fruits and vegetables. I also recommend this app that will help you when you’re in the grocery store- it’s easy to use, just scan and it tells you if you should take it or leave it.
Things to avoid: ingredients and labels that include soybeans, canola, cottonseed, corn, and sugar derived from sugarbeets. If it has these items and it isn’t NonGMO Verified or Organic, then you’re most likely buying food laced with GMOs.
We’ll be coming up with some great replacements for those GMO laden foods you’re hopefully going to stop buying… To start, replace your sugar with Organic Cane Sugar or Organic Coconut Sugar (you won’t even notice the difference in taste most of the time). You can also rely on companies like Nutiva where you can buy high quality Non GMO, organic hemp, chia and coconut oils.
I’m still holding out hope that the FDA will get Monsanto’s heads out of their asses and their hands out of Monsanto’s wallets and start labeling GMO foods. We have a right to know what’s in our food.
Read the full article on Natural News and learn some of the shocking effects of GMOs and Round Up on Animals.