October was Non-GMO(Genetically Modified Organism) month , and it flew by! Everyday I tried to do something GMO related. Spreading the word about GMOs is very important to me, getting them labeled is even more important! I strongly believe we have a right to know how are food is being grown and if it is genetically modified. It is not only important for our health but for the health of the planet.
GMO seeds strip top soil of vital nutrients, kill beneficial bacteria and increase harmful bacteria. Glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, can threaten ground water and nearby rivers and streams when sprayed on plants because of how deeply it can penetrate top soil.
As you may know, (or not), the long-term effects of GMOs on our health are not entirely known. Yet there is no mandatory labeling required in the U.S for GMOs–Scary! Genetically Modified foods potentially cause food allergies and infertility. Research indicates that:
- GM pea protein cause lung damage in mice
- GM potatoes may cause cancer in rats
- Bacteria in your gut can take up DNA from GM foods
- GM foods lead to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice, specifically the kidney, liver, heart and spleen
- Bt corn caused a wide variety of immune responses in mice, commonly associated with diseases such as arthritis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, osteoporosis and inflammatory bowel disease
- Offspring of rats fed GM soy showed a five-fold increase in mortality, lower birth weights, and the inability to reproduce
- Male mice fed GM soy had damaged young sperm cells
- The embryo offspring of GM soy-fed mice had altered DNA functioning
- Several US farmers reported sterility of fertility problems among pigs and cows fed on GM corn varieties
- Investigators in India have documented fertility problems, abortions, premature births and other serious health issues including death, among buffaloes fed GM cottonseed products -Mercola.com
Currently there are 8 Genetically Modified Crops on the market:
4. Canola (oil)
5. Sugar (From sugar beets)
6. Hawaiian Papaya
7. Certain varieties of zucchini
8. Crookneck Squash
Genetically Modified alfalfa was recently approved for animal feed.
A few years ago, I was diagnosed with an allergy to corn. A few months after I was diagnosed I realized my dog also had sensitivities to corn as well. Given that about 85% of corn is genetically modified, I strongly believe both of our issues with corn are due to how it is being grown and processed.
My first event to kick off Non-GMO month was the Rally For Real Food on Oct. 2nd. http://www.rallyforrealfood.com/
It was exciting to see such a great turn out at this event. About 250 people came out to support the labeling of GMO foods.
I was most excited to see people of all ages at this rally. It’s so important for future generations to get genetically modified foods labeled.
Companies such as Beanitos, Rhythm, Applegate, Chobani, Zico & Happy Family were in attendance to hand out samples of their organic & Non-GMO products.
The Health Ranger, Mike Adams for Natural News Tv reports on the rally.
The second rally I attended was the Millions Against Monsanto rally on Oct. 16th at the Capital in Austin. The event was held nation wide, its goal to stand up to Biotech bully’s like Monsanto, who are leaders in producing genetically modified foods. To be honest, the turnout was not great, but I was thankful for all who showed up! http://organicconsumers.org/monsanto
Do you like my shirt that I bought for the rally? I was able to snag this from Threadless.com, I love it!
I felt it was important to represent my dog, Trooper. Many people do not realize that a lot of pet food is nothing more than a big ol’ bag of corn! For the first few months of Troopers life, the corn in the dog food he was eating made him itch uncontrollably! I have talked with dozens of others who have experienced the same situation with their pets.
I was at the capital for a few hours, we got several supportive honks from passing cars. Even though it was only a small group, it was nice to come together and stand up against GE foods.
In addition to attending local rally’s I also kept track of the Right2Know March that took place from Oct. 1st – 16th. Marchers walked 313 miles from New York to capital in Washington D.C. The goal of the march was to bring the GMO labeling demand message to our nations capital. Here’s a great video clip from the Right2Know March. http://www.right2knowmarch.org/
I was a bit jealous of all those who were able to attend this march. I would have loved to have gone and marched all 313 miles. Perhaps next year.
Without the labeling of GMO foods, we are essentially “dining in the dark.” I absolutely want to know how and where my food is being grown, and if that food is genetically modified. Please stand up with me for our right to know. Demand labeling on GE foods. Vote with your dollar and choose organic!