RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT GMO

Did you know that the FDA does not require that GM crops be labeled and 70 to 90 percent of processed foods already have genetically modified ingredients?

And it’s not just processed food we should be worried about, according to a recent Prevention Magazine article.

Hawaiian papaya, certain varieties of summer squash, and, as recently as last December, drought-resistant corn on the cob have also joined the list of crops that the Food and Drug Administration has reviewed for genetic modification in the United States

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There are many concerns over genetically modified foods – raising serious issues as to what they do to the environment and our health.   Also, there are social and ethical concerns over “frankenfood” manipulation.

As many of our longtime readers may know, genetically modified foods was one impetus that had us raise our trowels in protest by growing as much of our food as we could here on our 1/10 acre  plot.  (See our awarding winning short film HomeGrown Revolution).  Over the last decade, we’ve proven that small spaces can be productive when we took a stand against the industrialization of our food supply.   Even though we grow much of our own produce, we still have to buy staples;  but it still doesn’t give us the right to choose from a labyrinth of deceptive labeling.

But all that may change — soon!   California is poised to be the first state with mandatory GMO labeling laws through the 2012 California Ballot Initiative process  ( Read More)

Has the GMO issue been one of the reasons for you to GROW YOUR OWN FOOD?

How do you feel about the “Future of Food?”

:: Resources ::

GMO Foods Health Risk

Millions Against Monsanto

Label GMO’s

 Just Label It

List of Countries That Have Banned GMO Crops

Food Freedom Group

 

Comments(6)

  1. Joyness Sparkles says:

    Yes! That is a Top 3 reason why we grow our own food. I do not want frankenfood on my table, or in my families bodies…ewww…

    In answer to your last question, I am not comfortable with our future of food in America. Too many laws have been passed boxing people in from freedom of choice and more laws are in progress all the time. Certain parties might believe these lawmakers have the peoples best intrest at heart, but if they seriously stepped out of the rabbit hole and did their own research they will see it generally comes down to greed and power in one form or another.

    I am SO glad that you all are making progress with GMO labeling in California! I am starting to work on it here in Texas! Hugs to you all!

  2. Ani says:

    I do not grow my own food, yet, but planning to get started.

    Yes, GMO foods are at the top of my list of reasons. Then knowing that my food came from my backyard and organic. Plus,growing my own food is as local and good as it gets. I have been concerned about GMO produced foods for several years and I give California great praise for trying to get them labeled.

  3. Melina says:

    That’s the #1 reason I garden and will continue to do so. I used to garden as a hobby, not it’s a moral and health imperative. I also seek out labels which state “non-GMO”. I suspect more and more products will proudly display this fact as time goes by.
    I’ve always said if you control the food, you control the people. I wonder what is being genetically spliced into the most common foods we eat. Thank you for waving the non-GMO flag once again.

  4. cara says:

    GMO foods can cause long term effects in the eaters but they can affect their children and grandchildren more, per researchers. That is why Japan has said they will watch the next 2 generations of Americans after this one, to see what happens. In animals the rates of cancer, birth defects and sterility grew with each generation exposed to GMOs. Third generation sterility was a big response. That makes GMOs a Trojan horse. They appear just like other foods but the work inside each of us at the genetic level, changing our DNA and its response to the environment. We get more illnesses but we pass that changed DNA on to the next generation. The earlier in life and the longer the exposure, the greater the dammage done.
    I would be very surprised if Calif gets their non GMO law passed and it gets upheld by the courts! There is huge money involved here and the companies involved have shown themselves to be very ruthless. Lots of prayer will be needed.

  5. Mary says:

    Yes, that is one of the reasons I started my own small garden. I’m also educating my family about the dangers of GMO foods and to read ingredients lists and labels carefully.

  6. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, GMO food is all about control of the seeds. I would hope that the big companies have all the good intentions but they are quite near sighted in the grand scheme of things or maybe not. These GMO seeds will not reproduce the next year. Even if the GMO food is OK for us to eat seeds would have to be purchased from the seed company every year. Quite frankly, my biggest fear is that gardeners/farmers would become so dependant on seed companies that the food supply would be under control of the seed companies. It would be a sad day when only a purchased seed would grow. Half my tomatoes this year are heirloom volunteers that grew in the raised bed where I had tomatoes last year. Four were transplanted to the raised bed prepared for this year and one was just left where it grew. They are doing great and the tomato harvest has already begun. I may try to intentionally grow volunteers for next year’s tomato harvest. Life is good if we just don’t lose control of our food supply.

    Have a great day in the garden.

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