Do You Know What is in Your Food?

I am amazed and awed by what is in our food nowadays. And not in a good way. Ever since I became a mother and decided to make my own baby food I have discovered the reality that a lot of food in the US is genetically modified (GMO). I avoid eating GMO food whenever possible! The increase of cancer, infertility and other diseases in the US ever since GMO’s were introduced is alarming. Why does the US allow these foods to be sold without labeling while other countries have banned it all together? Take a look at this eye opening video of a mom (Robyn O’brien) who decided to change her eating habits after her young daughter had an allergic reaction to the breakfast she made for her. This video is a must see and worth 18 minutes of your time.

What is a GMO?

Plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs.
-From the glossary on the Monsanto website.

What foods to look out for?

High-Risk Crops (in commercial production; ingredients derived from these must be tested every time prior to use in Non-GMO Project Verified products (as of December 2011):

  • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
  • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
  • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

ALSO high-risk: animal products (milk, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) because of contamination in feed.

How to avoid foods made with GMO’s:

  1. Non GMO Shopping Guide

Resources and great sites with tons more information

  1. Non-GMO Project
  2. GreenPeace
  3. Ban GMO Food.org

If you want to see food in the US labeled Genetically Modified please join the million plus people who have already written the FDA to make this happen. The FDA is still undecided. You can find out great information and send your letter on the website below. The more support the better:

Films to watch:

The World According to Monsanto

Food Inc.

Photo #1 via Green Peace and Photo #2 Vancouver Nutritionist

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