A couple months ago my MOMS club had a guest speaker who was a farmer that did a bunch of research on GMOs after using pesticides and he had some shocking information. It opened my eyes and since then, I’ve kind of had a pit in my stomach when I think about what I’ve fed my family. If I didn’t know better, I could plead innocence but now that I know, I can’t un-know.
The most common GMO crops in the US are:
- Some zucchini squash
- Hawaiian papaya
Try looking on processed food without seeing one of those ingredients. It’s pretty hard. GMO foods are modified to withstand pesticides, or increase shelf life or to stand up to the elements better. While they are successful in doing that, they have also been shown to do a whole lotta bad to our bodies. They have been linked to allergies and organ toxicities and yet we do not require labeling and our country’s FDA doesn’t require extensive testing to truly understand the impact these GMOs have on our bodies. These crops are banned in all of Europe, in Japan, in Canada…and we feed them to our kids all day everyday. Rather than protecting our best interests, the FDA continues to back the food industry’s misuse of GMOs.
Watch this video that barely scratches the surface on what’s wrong with GMOs and our food:
Sigh. WTF are we supposed to do? Well, I think you have to start by making the right choices that will help you avoid these crops. Here are five ways to start cutting back:
- Eat in more often – When you eat at home, you have control over what’s in your food. You can buy GMO free foods and you can avoid the crops that are GMO heavy. Trader Joe’s brand foods are GMO free so look for prepared foods with their label for quick meals. Way to go TJ’s!!!
- Eat whole foods in their natural state when possible – A frighteningly high percentage (upwards of 70%) of processed foods in your grocery store contain GMOs.
- Eat vegetarian and cut back on dairy. This one may seem strange but cows, pigs, chickens are all fed GMO crops. So it’s likely that they’re messed up too and since the introduction of these modified proteins entered the food system, there is a rise in HUGE milk allergies among children. Look it up. it’s frightening.
- Look for the GMO Free label – when you do buy processed foods, try to find the GMO free label. This is much easier to find at natural markets than your typical grocery store, unfortunately. And it is often more expensive. It’s sad that a healthier meal must cost more.
- Buy Organic – When you’re buying the most common GMO crops, look for organic when possible to avoid those GMOs. This is tough sometimes but I think it’s worth it.
I am nowhere near being good at eliminating GMOs from my family’s diet but I’m starting. And I’m trying to be aware. Step one is buying the right foods at the grocery store and eating in more often. It’s time to take back our health. I encourage you to vote with your dollars. If you buy organics and GMO free foods, markets will keep stocking it and if consumers reject the non-GMO stuff, they’ll take it out of the markets.
I know I have not done a good job explaining why GMOs blow so here are a few more resources.