This is a pivotal moment in the fight to know what is in our food. The integrity of organic food and labeling issues are very much in flux right now.
As it stands about 90% of all corn, soy, cotton, canola, sugar beets grown in the U.S. contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or are considered genetically engineered (GE). About 50% of zucchini, yellow squash and Hawaiian papaya are GE.
What does that mean? According to the Institute of Responsible Technology, “A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMOs are also known as “transgenic” organisms.”
Why does this matter to you? 85- 90% of all processed foods contain one or more GMO ingredient. GMOs were introduced to the market in the mid 90’s without any long-term testing. That’s right. You’ve been the guinea pig for about twenty years.
Perhaps over the last twenty years you’ve noticed a rise in some disease states such as cancer (specifically kidney, breast, colon and anal), diabetes, allergies, gastro-intestinal disorders, infertility, autism, auto-immune disease, ADHD etc. I’m not saying the two are linked, but I would say that there needs to be long-term studies on the effects of GMOs. Continue reading “The Fight to Know What is in Our Food”
“No thanks, we’d rather not know what’s in that box of food stuff,” said the people of Washington state and California.
Not really, they were just bamboozled by brilliant and brilliantly deceptive ad campaigns costing $70 million dollars.
Last year Proposition 37 in California and just this month Ballot Initiative 522 in Washington State asked voters if they wanted mandatory labeling for foods containing GMOs in the respective states. Both states failed to pass labeling laws at about the same margin, 48% yes to 52% no. Continue reading “The Good, the Bad and the Imposter Organic Brands”
Am I a vegan? Yes, I am for one or two meals a day. I have a green juice for breakfast and I usually have some type of plant based meal for lunch.
Am I Paleo? Kind of. I do adhere to their “no grains” idea quite a bit, but I like quinoa and buckwheat sometimes. I really don’t eat a lot of meat. If I do, I’m embarrassingly obnoxious. I have to know how it lived and died. I buy my eggs from a place that has a “chicken cam” so I can see the chickens frolicking on the farm. Have you seen the clip from Portlandia where Fred Armisen’s character wants a full report on the chicken he is about to order from the restaurant? He ends up leaving to go visit the farm where the chicken was raised before he orders. I will post it at the end of this blog. Continue reading “I’m Vegan, Paleo, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and my Hair Looks Like Sh*t”