Tuesday, June 25, 2013

What is GMO?

Being healthy and beautiful involves eating healthy foods. I call them beauty foods. We all know about pesticides that are sprayed on our food and that we need to wash fruits and veggies well before eating them. But, what if you couldn't wash the pesticide off before you ate that healthy apple. What if the pesticide was actually part of the apple? This is exactly what is happening! This is a big deal. Our food is being genetically altered.

GMO is genetically modified food. So what does that mean? The genes (the DNA) of a plant are changed to create a stronger plant. For instance, a plant that can resist herbicides or a plant that can resist insects. Sounds like a good idea, right? Wrong! When the DNA of a plant is changed, an unnatural plant is created. It's not the real deal. GMOs were introduced to supermarkets in 1994 . Studies show that the food from these genetically modified plants cause health issues such as infertility, birth defects, organ damage, advanced aging and increased cancer risk. 

Monsanto has managed to created corn that has built in insecticide. Genes from the bacteria Bacillus Thuringiensis are inserted into the corn. They say it does not harm humans because it is broken down the digestive system. Do you believe it? I don't. The insecticide is produced inside the plant, therefore, it is also inside the corn. You can't wash it off! You eat insecticide. Your children eat insecticide. Your unborn baby is nourished with insecticide. A study at the University of Sherbrooke, Canada found that the insecticidal protein, Cry1Ab, was in the blood of pregnant and non-pregnant women. It was also detected in the blood of fetuses. These women ate a typical Canadian diet which is quite similar to our American diet. You don't like it? Do something! Go to the Center for Food Safety to sign a petition. http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5442

In 2012, 93% of US soy crops were GMO. 88% of US corn crops were GMO according to the USDA. Soy and corn are used in many packaged foods. Think about those protein bars you love. They contain soy. And what about that cereal you ate for breakfast. Was there corn in it? Don't think you are safe eating meat, eggs and dairy. There may have been GMOs in the feed the animals ate! Also, GMO crops are contaminating traditional and organic crops.

So how can you do to avoid these tainted GMO foods? Buy organic whenever possible. Avoid processed foods unless the package label states no GMO. Ask your favorite restaurant if they use GMOs. Ask about it where you buy your food. 

Here are a couple of links to a great websites that provide you with non-GMO brands.
http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/?catID=1

http://nongmoshoppingguide.com/about-gmos.html

We need to keep our food supply safe. Don't sit back and think someone else will do it. We need to take matters into our own hands. Do not buy GMOs and let food manufactures know that you won't buy them! Tell your friends. Spread the word. Everyone needs to be aware of what is happening. Please share this post.

Have a beautiful, healthy day!

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1 comment :

  1. GMOs were first marketed in the mid 1990s

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