GMOs: Are We Crossing the Tipping Point?
GMOs: Are We Crossing the Tipping Point? [click on to image to enlarge] In the last week or two I have seen many references in the media, which show a dramatic shift in positive trends regarding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). Today I saw that Hellman's Mayonnaise is the latest brand going non-GMO, and that Chipotle is the first national food chain that is going non-GMO. One of the largest baby formula makers, Similac, recently said that they would start offering a non-gmo version of their formula. Pizza Hut and Taco Bell are removing all artificial ingredients from their products, with the CEO of Pizza Hut saying that he is making the changes in response to customer demands.
Big business invests a great deal in making their desires known to our government. In order to create change we as citizens must use whatever means available to inform our representatives in government of our own desires for health and wellness.
Governments Are Starting to Get on Board.
Vermont is the first state to require the labeling of genetically-modified food. Even though the majority of Vermonters want the labeling, big business is now taking the issue to court. If Vermont wins the case then many states will follow suit. Maine and Connecticut also have the same law, but will only implement them if Vermont wins the case.
Ben and Jerry's have also gone non-GMO and the founders of the company are campaigning in Washington, D.C. to encourage our government to support the cause of labeling GMO foods.
Neil Young just wrote a song called "Rock Starbucks." A line on the song is "Yeah, I want a cup of coffee, but I don't want a GMO." He is on a campaign to boycott Starbucks until they cut their ties with Monsanto and to go GMO-free.
Many Countries and Regions Ban GMOs and Glyphosate
More and more countries are going either GMO free or glyphosate (a herbicide that has been recently reported to have cancer causing toxins) free. Shri Lanka and the Netherlands are the latest two countries to ban glyphosate along with Mexico, Russia, South Africa, France, Chile, and Brazil.
There is a growing list of countries that are banning the sale of GMOs altogether.
Almost every day I get a new Facebook post stating that another region in some country around the world is banning GMOs, which shows public outcry is growing against GMO crops.
As I am writing this article I just saw two posts on my Facebook feed. One stating that a judge upheld Jackson County Oregon's ban on growing GMO crops; and another saying Hungary just announced that they are the first EU country to ban GMOs. The Deputy state secretary said that he is convinced that it is the only way to ensure that families have access to safe foods.
These changes are a direct result of citizens demanding healthier food. Hopefully, the results will snowball and gather rapid momentum so everyone on the planet can enjoy healthier food. We are however, racing against time. It is urgent to stop the spread of GMOs, as well as all the pesticides that are poisoning the earth.
We the people have the power, and must be bold in maximizing that power. We have to reclaim our democracy, but in order to do so we have to vote with our pocket book.
People we are on a roll. Let's win this race now! - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ann-purcell/gmos_b_7547414.html MORE HERE - 15 Common Store-Bought Foods That Are Hiding GMOS . Are you unknowingly eating GMOs? About 90 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. has been genetically modified. That means all of those packaged goods containing corn syrup or corn in another form are likely fraught with GMOs. It’s not like the packaging will tell you “Made with GMOs,” but if you’re not buying an organic option, you can bet you’re more than likely eating GMOs. The same goes for soybeans and canola; canola oil, soybean oil and other ingredients made from soy make their way into many packaged food products.
If you are concerned about GMOs, here are 10 common foods that are hiding GMOs.
Without the additives and preservatives, many of the breads at the supermarket would not be able to stay on the shelf as long as they do. Look out not only for additives, but also for genetically modified oils like those coming from corn, soy, and rapeseed.
Bagels are similar to bread, with frozen varieties likely containing soybean oil and possibly other forms of GMO oils.
3. Frozen Bites, Pockets and Sandwiches-
Frozen product such as bite sized bagels, hot sandwiches, egg and cheese sandwiches, and several other frozen products contain different forms of soy, corn and canola.
4. Soda and Juice-
Sodas and juices can often contain high fructose corn syrup or corn syrup, which most likely comes from genetically modified corn.
Those tortilla or potato chips might be fried in canola oil; in which case, you are eating GMOs.
The same goes here for crackers as it does for chips – it is not uncommon for crackers to have oils that were derived from genetically modified soy or corn.
7. Cereal and Granola-
Granted, there are several brands of cereal and granola that are made of wholesome, real ingredients and bypass the GMOs altogether. But otherwise, cereal and granola could contain oils from corn or soy.
8. Pasta Sauce-
You can definitely find canned and jarred pasta sauce that is made with olive oil and simple, real ingredients like tomatoes, garlic and basil. But several other brands may contain cottonseed oil or vegetable oil.
9. Frozen Pizza-
Unless you are buying a brand that specifically is organic, your frozen pizza probably contains corn syrup or soybean oil.
10. Frozen Dinners-
There is a reason why those frozen dinners can be so cheap. Look on the back of the packaging and you are likely to find soybean oil.
This condiment likely contains soybean oil. Some may also use a cottonseed oil blend, which most likely also comes from GMO crops.
12. Salad Dressing-
Packaged salad dressing likely contains like an oil derived from GMO crops.
13. Canned Tuna-
Is that canned tuna packed with soybean or canola oil? Then they are likely made from GMO crops.
14. Snack Cakes-
The ingredient list for some of these packaged cake items that have a long shelf life likely include partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Aside from likely being derived from GMO soybeans, this oil is also a major source of trans fat.
15. Cookies and Brownies-
Packaged cookies and brownies can contain cottonseed oil, soybean oil, and partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Unless your cookies are specified organic, they probably have GMOs.
The effect of GMOs on human health is still unknown, and these modified ingredients aren’t even the worst of it – scary ingredients and processed ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, and red 40 make their way into food items. The best way to avoid harmful and potentially harmful ingredients at the grocery store altogether is to choose a diet of made primarily of clean, whole and organic foods.......AND LET'S NOT FORGET ABOUT OUR PETS CANNED, AND DRY CAT, AND DOG FOODS, AND BIRD SEEDS. - http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/common-store-bought-foods-that-...Filed under: Government
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