Saturday, April 2, 2011

Who do they think they are?

In a recent post I mentioned that there were 2 things that really got to me in the food world...well here's the 2nd thing that is pretty unbeLIEvable.

If you have ever watched Food Inc. you have been introduced to the company Monsanto and what they do. If you haven't watched Food Inc. I highly recommend it. It is a movie that will open your eyes to the world of food and support you in making better food choices.

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. 
You can get all of them at your local library.

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.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are anything that have been taken from their natural state and transformed to something now man-made. Organic, whole, and local food companies take pride in producing non-GMO foods. GMO foods are faster and easier to produce, but it they dangerous to our health.

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?

Here are some ways you can get involved to stop the use of and laws regarding GMO:

Here are some more resources if you are interested in this topic:

Donate to the cause here.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this blog entry. I read the article on GMO and found it very insightful. My boyfriend and I were at our local health food store the other day, and we saw the term "GMO" on a label. He asked me what that meant and I had no clue. On a side note, I live in a very small town in NM. Our local health food grocery store has not even been opened a full year. But I am so thankful to have it. It inspires us to eat better. But when we want to splurge, we get their in-house made gelato. It is awesome! And worth every penny. :-)

    Anyway, I have recently started doing research on healthy eating. I have watched a few videos, similar to the one that you showcased above, on Netflix. They have a pretty great library of documentaries on health and nutrition, and the best part is that some of them are available for instant viewing. So I have been educating myself and really trying to understand what it means to "eat clean."

    I want to thank you for all the resources that you have given us here. I look forward to looking into each and every one of them. If you have any other tips, I would greatly appreciate it. And if you have any websites, cookbooks, or recipes for healthy meals I would greatly appreciate it.

    Oh, and while we were at Paradise Market, our health food grocery store, we got a 100% grass fed ribeye steak (before I saw this post of yours). I have never liked traditional steak. Something about the taste and texture just made me cringe. Bluck! But I am very excited to give this a try. My boyfriend will be having the steak and I'll be eating a piece of deliciously oven baked tilapia. We are also having Mediterranean flavored quinoa and a fresh spring mix salad with cucumber and carrots and a 100% organic raspberry vinaigrette. I am so excited for dinner tonight.

    And again, thank you so very much for sharing this information with us. I look forward to checking into all of the sources listed above. :-)