March Newsletter 2010 Organic and Genetically Modified Foods

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 in Diet/Nutrition, Environmental Health, Laws & Regulations, Newsletters | 0 comments

We hear the words organic and genetically modified foods. What do these terms mean and why is it important to know the facts?

Organically farmed animals are those raised without the use of antibiotics, artificial hormones, steroids, or other drugs and chemicals. They are raised on open farmland and allowed to graze and roam freely, getting their dose of fresh air and sunshine. They are also fed clean and healthy organic foods. Organic meat must also not be irradiated or processed with harmful chemicals. Organically farmed animals must not be the offspring of cloned or otherwise genetically modified animals.

By contrast, commercially farmed animals are usually raised in filthy and cramped conditions, where they are hemmed in and locked up, resulting in total lack of movement. They are  often fed unclean foods which includes, among other things, the sometimes diseased innards of other animals.

Organic produce are grown using organic farming methods, without the use of chemical or synthetic pesticides, such as fungicides, herbicides and insecticides, fertilizers, or other harmful chemicals.
No chemicals are used to make the fruits and vegetables grow faster, or ripen faster, or grow bigger, or alter their taste and appearance, etc.

Organic food products must not have artificial or chemical flavorings, colors or additives added. Organic food must neither have been irradiated, nor be biologically or genetically modified, nor have genetically modified organisms (GMO).

A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. We are making super foods that stray from nature’s creation, which also consist of using more pesticides and herbicides. Genetically modified foods are purportedly used to increase crop yields, reduce costs for farmers, and to use less herbicides. Far from the truth. The traits of GM crops can get passed on to other non-GM crops. This means that a crop engineered to contain a vaccine, or to be sterile, could easily taint an entire region, and eventually the entire world. The majority of corn, soy, and wheat in this country is genetically modified.

GM Foods Can Be Or Cause:

  • Toxic
  • Less nutritious
  • Carcinogenic
  • Infertility
  • Infant mortality
  • Food allergies
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Stunted growth
  • Accelerate aging
  • Super-viruses
  • Outbreaks of Morgellons Disease. (Morgellons Disease, has been cropping up worldwide, is described as a sensation of bugs moving around beneath their skin. This unsettling sensation is accompanied by open lesions that ooze blue, black or white fibers that can be several millimeters long. These fibers are strong enough to distend the skin when pulled and are painful to remove).

How To Recognize GM Foods:

  • Examine produce stickers on the fruits and vegetables you buy. The PLU code for conventionally grown fruit consists of four numbers; organically grown fruit has five numbers prefaced by the number nine; and GM fruit has five numbers prefaced by the number eight.

    Examples Of PLU Stickers On Produce:
    #94017 organic
    #4017 conventional
    #83058 genetically modified

What Can You Do?
  • Buy organic foods. The only foods that you can be sure are not GM foods are labeled “Certified Organic“. Bottom line – organic foods are more expensive and you are worth it. As the demand increases prices will come down.
  • Shop and support local farmers markets.
  • Make more meals at home using organic foods.
  • As a consumer you have power. Large portions of Europe have already succeeded in kicking GMOs out of their food supply, forcing food manufacturers to use real ingredients in their European product lines.
  • Let your elected official know how you feel about GM foods.
  • Sites to help you become educated and more vocal:
  • Stay away from processed foods. Most of these contain corn, wheat, and soy products.
  • Ask your local supermarket to stock the shelves with more natural organic foods.
  • Watch the movie “Food Inc.”
  • True Food Shopping Guide is also great tool to help you determine which brands and products contain GMO ingredients. Print it out and take it with you every time you go to the grocery store. Avoid all processed food products and buy only fresh, locally grown, organic foods.

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