I recently spoke out against GMOs (genetically modified organisms) at a city hall rally in NYC and it was truly inspirational. How many times do we find ourselves complaining about the way things are but not taking any action? I feel that the time for action is NOW. We are hitting many types of global food crises and it’s up to each of us to do something about it! Why are GMO’s bad and why should you care?
GMO’s are crops grown from seeds that have had their genes altered in a way that DOES NOT happen in nature. In the case of BT corn, it has been altered to produce its own toxin, a pesticide called Bacillus thuringiensis. Despite assurances from Monsanto, this corn has wreaked havoc on the environment and on the health of humans and animals. Research has shown that animals who have been fed this BT corn have liver, kidney and blood problems, and it’s quite possible that humans may be affected in the same way. Even with research, it would be hard to prove since chronic health issues can take decades to develop.
Due to this corn being widely planted and subsidized it’s also appearing in not only corn syrup, but in just about every other processed food. This is a problem because the body isn’t designed to process the altered and higher levels of proteins, and when you eat the same food over and over the body gets overburdened and and it triggers the production of antibodies by the immune system. This leads to chronic inflammation and allergies. Soy, canola, sugar beets, and cottonseed are the other widely used GMO crops which are part of the problem.
The enviroment is also taking a hit, as even organic farms are getting GMOs in their crops due to cross pollination. The rivers and streams are getting contaminated by these pesticide producing crops, and beneficial insects can be affected by stronger pesticides than anything ever found in nature. There is much more to be said about GMO crops, but what I want to focus on is OUR RIGHT TO KNOW!
Even if you don’t believe any of this and feel it’s safe to eat these altered crops, those of us that don’t have the right to know what we are eating. If you are kosher or vegan this is a choice and it’s widely regulated and accepted that food contain these labels. We, as non-GMO eaters, have the same right to clear labeling as a person who chooses to not eat meat because of their beliefs. If these foods are so safe, what’s the big deal about labeling them? Europe has laws that require GMOs to be labeled, because they understand that we should have the RIGHT TO CHOOSE if we want to consume GMOs.
If you want to learn more about GMOs, Jeffery Smith’s “Seeds of Deception” is the gold standard for GMO information. He also runs the site responsibletechnology.org Another important organization is MIllions Against Monsanto, run by the Organic Consumers Association. They organized the 30 rallies across the US on March 26, 2011. World Food Day is October 16, 2011 and there will be more rallies across the country. Join your local chapter, write letters to congress, support Dennis Kucinich’s labeling bill, DO SOMETHING. The time for action is NOW!
On a lighter note, and in the spirit of Spring, enjoy this easy recipe for Easy Spring Beets. They work well as the carbohydrate part of any meal and contain betaine which is important digestion and detoxification. Beets are also rich with lutein and zeaxanthin, both potent antioxidants, especially beneficial for eye health. Of course buy local and organic whenever possible!
yummy and easy spring beets via whfoods.com
directions: Fill the bottom of a steamer with 2 inches of water.While the water is coming to a boil, wash beets, leaving 2 inches of tap root and 1 inch of the stem on the beets. Cut beets into quarters. Do not peel.Steam covered for 15 minutes. Beets are cooked when you can easily insert a fork on the tip of a knife into the beet. Press or chop garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to bring out their health-promoting properties. Peel beets using a paper towel. Transfer beets to a bowl and toss with remaining ingredients.
If you are in the New York area and want to get involved with GMO awareness and events, check out the local right to know if it’s GMO page.
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