I do everything in my power to educate people about GMOs. Monsanto and DuPont will cease to exist some day, and it all starts with us. More people than I thought are clueless about GMOs, and it’s so sad. I never listen to or trust the media. I don’t even trust the FDA or USDA. Thankfully, I am educated enough to know what contains GMOs and what does not, and I know exactly how to stay GMO-free. Yeah, you have to be a food detective, but I’m a damn good one now. I am going to share what I know, and how I stay healthy and avoid GMOs. We are more powerful than a lot of us realize, and it all starts with education about a serious issue such as this. GMOs are not real food. They are not food at all. Health begins and continues with real food.
GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) were introduced to stores in the early 90’s. GMOs are injected into fruits and vegetables to change their DNA in order to produce larger and more crops quicker to make a bigger profit. While this science is fairly new, studies and research are being conducted to further understand the effects that GMOs could potentially have on health. Monsanto is the chemical company that controls this. DuPont is another one. Roundup is a chemical herbicide by Monsanto that is applied to crops. Workers have to wear full body suits and masks when in contact with Roundup. They look as if they are all geared up and ready to go into outer space. Roundup and GMOs are not healthy at all. The entire European Union has GMOs banned.
If GMOs are so safe, Monsanto and others should not be so terrified of them having to be labeled as well as not feeling the need to spend millions of dollars to be so adamant in manipulating the people to oppose GMO labeling. Clearly, they have a lot to hide. Some of the health risks associated with GMOs are allergic reactions, birth defects, cancer, premature death, organ damage, immune issues, accelerated aging, and infertility, just to name a few.
What can you do to avoid GMOs? Try to buy everything organic. I know that organic is more expensive, but I also know that medical bills will be much more expensive than buying organic. Health is priceless. Don’t put all of your faith in the USDA either. It’s better to look for organic produce that is certified by more than just the USDA, such as the Oregon Tilth, Quality Assurance International, or the Organic Crop Improvement Association just to have the assurance and quality. When looking at produce to ensure that it is organic, look at the PLU code. It needs to begin with the number 9 to be organic. If it begins with the number 4, it is conventional.
Corn, cotton, soy, alfalfa, sugar beets, and canola are the largest crops that contain GMOs. The most important thing, in my opinion, is to read the ingredients in everything. If you are buying boxed, canned, or bagged foods, make sure to read every ingredient. That is a topic for another blog post that I will create another day.
Your best option, if possible, is to buy a CSA, buy from an organic co-op, or buy from a farmers market to ensure the highest quality, most nutritious, and safest produce. A CSA is Community Supported Agriculture in which you purchase a share from a farmer. The share is delivered to you or you pick it up. It is a share of what is in season. You support the farmer by purchasing a share of the crops. It’s a great and smart idea to get to know your farmer. You’ll know exactly what is in your food this way. To locate a farm, farmers market, or organic co-op in your area, visit: www.localharvest.org. Another option that beats grocery shopping is growing your own food in your own garden.
Vote with your dollars. If the sales of GMO products decrease by 5%, food companies would consider removing GMOs from their products.
There are companies that want GMOs, and there are companies that are completely against GMOs. Here is a list of a few of the companies that are in favor of GMOs:
PepsiCo – (Pepsi, Quaker Oats, Tropicana, Frito-Lay, Tostitos, Gatorade, Naked Juice)
Nestle – (Nestle, Gerber, Perrier, Poland Spring, Pellegrino, Nescafe, Nestea, Dreyer’s, Alpo, Purina, PowerBar, Jenny Craig)
Hershey Company – (Hershey’s Chocolate, Kit-Kat, Almond Joy, Twizzlers, Reese’s, Dagoba)
Dean Foods – (Horizon Organic, Silk, Land O’Lakes, Garelick Farms, Meadow Farms, Dean’s)
Mars – (Mars, M&Ms, Snickers, Milky Way, Uncle Ben’s, Doublemint, Skittles, Starburst, Seeds of Change, Alterra Coffee, Pedigree)
Coca-Cola North America – (Coke, Diet Coke, Minute Maid, Odwalla, Honest Tea, Dasani, Vitamin Water)
Rich Products Corporation – (SeaPak, Byron’s, FarmRich)
Ocean Spray Cranberries – (Ocean Spray juices and dried fruit)
Kellogg’s – (Kellogg’s products, Kashi, Bear Naked, Gardenburger, Morningstar Farm)
General Mills – (Cheerios, Wheaties, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, Lara Bar, Liberte, Yoplait, Nature Valley)
Dole – (Dole, Dole Organic)
Pinnacle Foods Group – (Aunt Jemima, Duncan Hines, Hungry Man, Van de Kamps, Vlasic)
Del Monte – (Del Monte Products, Wolfgang Puck organic soups)
Campbell Soup – (Campbell’s, Swanson, V8, Prego)
McCormick & Company
Inventure Foods – (Jamba Smoothies, Burger King Fries, T.G.I.Fridays Potato Skins – each one is a licensee)
Sunny Delight – (SunnyD)
Sara Lee – (Sara Lee, Hillshire Farms, Jimmy Dean, State Fair)
McCain Foods – (Anchor, Farmer’s Kitchen, Redstone Canyon)
Land O’ Lakes
J.M. Smucker Company – (Smucker’s products, Santa Cruz Organic, R.W. Knudsen)
Hormel Foods – (Hormel, Herdez, Spam, Valley Fresh)
Bumble Bee Foods – (Bumble Bee, King Oscar, Beach Cliff)
Bimbo Bakeries – (Arnold, Bimbo, Ball Park, Entenmann’s, Earthgrains)
Here is a link to an article that further lists companies that use GMOs in their food products.
For further information, tips, and resources, visit the following websites:
Non-GMO Shoppping Guide
Institute for Responsible Technology
The Cornucopia Institute
Organic Consumers Association
Just Label It!
Food & Water Watch
The Center for Food Safety
CA Right to Know
GMO Free Friday
Check out these informative and helpful documentaries about GMOs:
I hope you now have a better understanding of what GMOs are, and how unhealthy and dangerous they are. I hope that you will do all that you can to avoid them for your health. If you have any questions about GMOs, please feel free to ask me.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this important post. It means a lot to me, and I am doing all I can to help anyone. This is only the beginning.