A few other great movies that will educate about the American Standard Diet and industry-driven foods are:
- King Korn
- The Future of Food
- Food Matters.
Monsanto is a multi-billion dollar company that biologically engineers seeds to make it "easier" for farmer's to farm. Basically, what they do is change seeds from their natural form to make them better for the industry and the growing population. Sounds harmless, right? Wrong.
If you go to their website you will see that they claim to provide the fastest, cheapest and safest food on the planet. Well, I agree with some of that. Fastest - yes. They change the seeds so that they grow faster, closer together and larger. Cheapest - yes. Because they grow so much of it. Safest? No way.
What Monsanto (and other companies) is doing is very dangerous and very deceptive. Taking anything from it's natural form and then consuming it is dangerous. If you think about it our bodies are made up of all natural organisms and if you throw a genetically modified organisms in the mix our bodies will not know what to do with it. It doesn't know how to store it, release it, it becomes a harmful toxin lurching in the body. I believe that is the very cause of most illness in America today.
|This is a diagram of what happens when you modify DNA.|
You add to it or take away from it's natural state.
Why do they modify seeds? Efficiency. The seeds are modified to resist heavy weed killers, so the farmer can spray the weed killer on the whole crop but only the weeds die. Umm, that sounds bad to me - what kind of killer toxins from the weed killer are left on our food? Even if they clean it, what kind of superman crazy plant are we now eating?
And you know what really stinks? They don't have to label food when it contains GMO's. In most countries in Europe they do - to protect the consumers. But in America they don't, because as one man put it, "If we put GMO labelling on the package we might as well put a skull and cross bones on it." What??? And you aren't telling us? Why not? Because it would affect sales - and for Monsanto and other multi-million dollor food companies it's not about food, it's about money and industry!
It goes on...Monsanto screws over small farmers. If their seed somehow blows over to a non-GMO field and there team of spies finds it they will sue the farmers for all they are worth, take their farm and plant GMO in it.
In the 1970's only 25% of farms used GMO seeds, now 75% are and it's only increasing. How does a small town farmer have a chance against a huge industry?
In King Korn the farmers are asked, "Do you eat your corn?" I was surprised by their response: "No way! This stuff is the lowest quality crap you can get!" And I don't blame the farmers, they are at this point salesman not the real food growers.
Where does all this GMO seed go? Most of the GMO seed Monsanto distributes is corn seed and it goes into soda and other processed foods as High Fructose Corn Syrup and another huge portion goes to feed the cows, pigs and chickens people eat everyday. SICK! It's a vicious cycle. But really GMO seeds are in a lot of stuff - even baby formula. Click on this article to see what has GMO and how to avoid it.
How can I avoid foods that have GMO?
- Avoid processed foods (basically most things in a wrapper)
- Buy items labeled "non-GMO"
- Learn the fruit/veggie secret code in the article mentioned above. (That was news to me.)
- Eat clean meat (100% Grass-fed Beef, Free-range Chicken, Wild Fish)
- Spend more time in your kitchen - know where your food comes from
- Move to France (my personal favorite)
Michael Pollan in his book "In Defense of Food" had a powerful point when he talked about the economics of food. If you want better food then you are going to spend more time in your kitchen and more money on the foods that you eat. It's an interesting fact that most people that are sick are middle-class America make up the majority of the sick and over-weight people. Why? Because fast-food (aka highly processed, modified, nutrient-lacking) is so darn cheap? And it's so cheap because of companies like Monsanto. I would like to be able to thank them for their amazing efforts and inventions, but it the damage they do far outweighs the benefits.
I would love to hear your stance on this topic. What you do you think about Monsanto, GMO's, and what can we do about it?
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