In many of today’s commercial food stores and restaurants in the U.S., almost 80% of all food is processed, packaged, irradiated, pasteurized, homogenized or refined to such a degree, that almost all nutrient content is completely wiped out, leaving you eating empty calories that provide no lasting nutritional benefit for your body and immune system.
The natural foods which are whole foods, however, are jammed packed with nutrition that is hard to come by in a commercial grocery store — even Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, which were thought to be far superior quality foods, are not free of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), yet many of these food products are sold to their loyal customers.
But what’s even more troubling about GMOs is this: back in the mid 1990’s, the American food supply was systematically hijacked by a biotech and pesticide company which quietly snuck GMOs into our food supply. Every single person across the U.S. was an unknowing participant in an experiment, an experiment which is still taking place to this day, since there are no label requirements for GMOs in the U.S.
How could this happen without our knowledge?
In 1994, the company Monsanto, introduced Bt Corn, Soy and other genetically modified foods and were given a green light by the FDA, whose own researchers at the time warned them that GMOs were unsafe – but they released these known “unsafe” foods onto the U.S. food supply anyway, despite documented proof that these types of mutated foods were damaging to our health.
With the Yes on Prop 37 ballot initiative that was introduced and up for a vote in California, this measure would have required most foods that are GMOs to be labeled – just like over 50 other countries have enforced – especially in light of a long-term study, the first of its kind, which over a two-year period showed lab rats that were fed these GMO foods, cancer, tumors, immune disorders, sterility and premature death occurred in 80% of the rats. Ask yourself this: if this happens in rats, what do you think GMOs are doing to us?
Unfortunately the vote didn’t sway in favor of labeling GMOs, because there was a barrage of financial influence from these chemical companies that don’t want you to know what’s in the food you eat. They spent almost $50 million against your right to know about what’s in your food. By simply putting a label that states foods that are GM, these chemical and food companies fear most people wouldn’t want to buy GMO foods and would in effect, lose money — and they would be correct! Of course, who in their right mind would want to consume a GMO food knowing the potential health risk?
This is where natural foods must come into play
Given the statistics that the food that you are eating, unless verified Non-GMO or 100% organic, it’s most likely a GMO food — foods that are USDA organic, too, do not require that GM foods are tested. In fact, it can still contain a small percentage of GMOs, so be sure the label says 100% organic. So, if you’re trying to avoid GMOs by eating organic, the reality is, that it’s almost impossible to avoid them. This is, unless you grow your own food. But in a practical sense, almost all Americans have been brought up not learning how to grow their own food, thus, we are constantly being bombarded by non-nutritious, unhealthy, and what research has now confirmed in rats fed GMOs, to be incredibly harmful to other animals that were fed GMO corn and other feed, died within days of eating these mutated foods.
It’s not a coincidence that the increase numbers of cancer, autoimmune diseases (allergies), digestive disorders and other adverse ailments and diseases have increased dramatically, up to 400% in some cases, since the unknowing introduction of GMOs wound up in our food supply.
What you can do to avoid GMOs
Since we’re not given the opportunity by the food industry and our own government to know if GMOs are in our food with a simple label, it’s up to each of us to find creative ways in which to avoid these nasty buggers.
- Find your local Farmer’s Market and do most of your shopping there. Many even have dairy and real organic items that you wouldn’t otherwise find in a commercial food store, and that’s a very good thing to discover. Have you ever been at a grocery store and was able to cut your own herbs, pick your own spinach or ask the farmer that grew the food if they used herbicides or pesticides? Likely most people haven’t had that opportunity — unless they shop at a Farmer’s Market. You are not only getting the most nutritious food for your dollar, because that food hasn’t traveled thousands of miles to get to market, but you’re supporting your community by supporting farmers. Click here to find your local Farmers Market.
- The Non-GMO verified label. If there are certain items at the farmer’s market which you can’t find, shop for food which carries the Non-GMO verified label. You can find a Non-GMO retailer here. The retailers and non-profits listed, are committed to informed choice when it comes to GMOs and endorse the Non-GMO Project’s approach to ensuring the sustained availability of Non-GMO options.
- Discover exactly where GMOs are located at the grocery store. The True Food Shopper’s Guide arms you with valuable information regarding common GM ingredients, as well as brands to look for, and to look out for. The application includes a “Four Simple Tips” section, which offers easy ways to avoid GM ingredients, a “Supermarkets and GMOs” section to help consumers identify GM and non-GMO private-label store brands, and a rbGH and rbGH-free dairy guide. For your mobile phone, you can download for free, the True Food Shopper’s Guide mobile app for iPhone and Android. The mobile app was created to help you find and avoid GE ingredients wherever you shop.
- Buy food labeled 100% organic. The U.S. and Canadian governments do not allow manufacturers to label something 100% organic if that food has been genetically modified or been fed genetically modified feed. However, you may find that organic food is more expensive and different in appearance from conventional products. Again, just because something says “organic” on it does not mean that it does not contain GMs. In fact, it can still contain GMOs if it’s certified USDA Organic, so be sure the labels say 100% organic.
- Trusted Organic Certification institutions include QAI, Oregon Tilth, and CCOF. Look for their mark of approval on the label of the product. USDA Organic standards pale in comparison, so keep this in mind when you see a product that doesn’t state that it’s 100% organic if it is only USDA Organic Certified. This applies to eggs, as well. Eggs labeled “free-range”, “natural”, or “cage-free” are not necessarily GE-free, so look for eggs that are 100% organic.
- Buy whole foods. Favor foods that you can cook and prepare yourself, rather than foods that are processed or prepared (e.g. anything that comes in a box or a bag, including fast food). What you lose in convenience, you may recover in money saved and satisfaction gained, as well as increased peace of mind. Try cooking a meal from scratch once or twice a week if you don’t already–you may enjoy it and decide to do it more often.
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