What is your food policy?

When you go to the grocery store, how much effort to you put into thinking about what the food policy of your household is?   It’s an interesting question that has been pushing me around the web lately.

I grew up in Wisconsin and quite honestly, I remember having a garden all my childhood.  I worked in the gardens, spending summers weeding plants, composting and of course harvesting the ‘vegetables’ of my labor.  I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I’ve had the pleasure of spending time on a couple – harvesting hay and milking cows were the two things I enjoyed the most.

In addition, my grandparents would often take me out to find asparagus and walnuts.  In the kitchens of family members, and at home, preparing meals with naturally grown foods was a common occurrence.  At the same time, I remember growing up listening to local farm reports and highly respected media personalities talk about Roundup Ready crops.

Through some secondary education and into the career world I didn’t consider my diet much, consuming pizza and mass produced and big farm manufactured foods.  Based on my consistency of food consumption and employment my weight, mental state and overall health has fluctuated greatly.  Over the years I have seen how processed and prepackaged food have enhanced the levels of illnesses in others.   Avoiding soda and high sugar processed items, as well as my personal battle to prevent the purchase of plastics in my daily life has helped me to eat fairly responsibly.  I don’t by any means eat organic and it’s difficult to eat 100% fresh.  Especially on a budget.

Then I learned about Genetically Modified Foods also known as GMO’s.  I learned how, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications,  roughly 90% of core crops: Sugar Beets, Soybeans, Corn and Cotton are grown with gmo seeds.   Modified seeds can’t be that bad, can they?  It’s a question I asked and did lot’s of research on.  Recently I saw a picture, it made things very clear to me, showing how GMO corn is: Corn +DNA from soil bacteria + genes from e.coli plus more bacteria that causes tumors in plants.

So, now I have a food policy.  In every circumstance possible I buy local.  I am trying to avoid shopping for processed foods, go to farmers markets and am doing my best to buy free range animals.  When in doubt, I am using a smartphone app call Buycott.  This app allows me to scan the bar codes of products and it tells me if I am about to purchase an item that is conflict with my core values.   In addition I am watching movies like Food Fight ( you need a HULU account), following entities like The Organic Consumers Association and watching feeds on Facebook from groups in my community like March Against Monsanto- Denver and GMO Free USA the parent group of many GMO free state entities.

All of this takes work, time and effort.  In addition to changing my shopping habits, I’m contributing time in my community focusing on educating others about what I have learned.  In addition I’m pushing for legislation that requires Food Labeling on all things containing any GMO products.

For me, it’s worth the quality of life, and the knowledge that I am not killing myself in the process of enjoying life.  Do you think being educated and making the kind of changes I am is worth it?

 

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My guest post for the March Against Monsanto Denver

My guest post for the March Against Monsanto Denver

This was part of my grassroots efforts to share the educational process through using my experiences to help people understand the problems behind Genetically Modified Foods, also known as GMO’s.  The plants have been modified to survive the consumption of poison and are a mixture of plant and bacteria genetics incorporated into the human food stream while there is strong evidence of poisoning, genetic defects and terminal diseases in humans and animals that consume them.

What’s the deal with Monsanto, GMO’s and this #MarchAgainstMonsanto?

#GMO, #Organic, #M25, #MAM #Monsanto and #Poison are just some of the tweets you may be seeing over the next few months as many are predicting that 2013 is the year of protests and marches against corporations that are proven to have track records that are not environmentally responsible.

Many people who read this may ask why.  It’s a valid question.  Is this something new?  No it’s now new.  Here’s the skinny –

Monsanto is a poison manufacturing company that has been making corn and soybean plants that survive to their poisons for over 20 years.  This began as an improvement over the types of poisons being used on farm fields before the EPA banned the use of DDT on Dec, 31 1972.   These plants are now part of our food stream and foods and animals like it are becoming commonplace without labeling and exposing the research that proves eating poison resistant food causes cancer in lab rats.  Generally when lab rats don’t react well to things, it’s bad for humans.  The poisons being used on ‘weeds and insects’ are not cycled so the weeds are becoming resistant to the current versions.  Now Monsanto wants to increase the levels of poison or ‘insecticide’ because the weeds aren’t going away as well anymore.

There has been a stir in the United States of late because we are just catching up to all the crap going on in the United States.  I mean we’ve been at war for the last decade.  Additionally we have been dealing with greedy banks and an automotive industry that collapsed.  Besides being in a recession, health insurance, mental health, gun violence and an exploding murder rate and oceans that are on the verge of death because of plastic pollution and nations that won’t follow the rules…  oh that and our government is being exposed for being in bed with Monsanto… http://twitpic.com/cqmlh9

Why has this become an issue?  Like all things that come to the level of attention on an international level where the EU has banned growth of GMO plants and Golden Rice is being contested around the world , it’s because the growing problem threatens life on earth as a whole.  GMO’s aren’t  just corn and soybeans by Monsanto Corporation, it’s Apples that don’t brown so fast, fish and chickens developed to grow larger than nature created and at a quicker rate.    Let me explain it this way, if they created a way for a 9month old child was the size of a five year old – would you freak out?  This is an example of what they are doing.  Some of this was created for the purpose of  saving the world and developing stronger food crops, like the Golden Rice project.  For major food crops, the problem of pesticides on crops is not anything new.  Monsanto is the major player in this game, and has grown on an international level to have a major level of control over the planets food system.

Like all things that involve science, research costs money.  To invest in creating these things lays an expectation by shareholders that the research becomes profitable.   The research was begun as a way to feed people more efficiently.   Unfortunately, it hasn’t stayed this way.  Monsanto’s efforts have become such a power grab to control the world’s food stream that they have positioned themselves, and former emploee’s in positions of government where regulations impacting the future of our food stream are being pushed through a regulatory process to implement across the board ability to produce without repercussions if something goes wrong. This is a problem because Monsanto has a history of creating things that are proven to cause harm to animals and humans.  This doesn’t account for the new products they are trying to introduce into the farming system.  Honestly, many rural farmers are caught in a bind.  As planting season is upon us or already complete in much of the country, the concerns about the ability to harvest biotech crops is a concern many farmers face.

So, March Against Monsanto has been created.  Why?  Because the people are responsible for the education of one another.  Change happens when people ask questions of one another, when congressional representatives are called into action and accountability to watch over the welfare of the people.  On May, 25 2013 people from around the world will be gathering, in cities large and small.  They will be coming together in peaceful assembly on the steps of state capitals and community centers around the world.  The effort and intention is to bring world wide accountability, a unified voice of the citizens of the world saying enough is enough.  The intentions of making better crops has been surpassed and there is science to prove it.  Just take a few minutes to type “Cancer, GMO, Testing”.  Either you will get sick or you will be glued to your screens for days to come!

What to do about it now?  Register for your local march!!!  This link takes you to the closest march near you.  Scroll the line to the right and you will find the Facebook link, Go Register and show support by telling others!   Go to Facebook, Twitter, your local grocery store.  Post some flyers, be the Grassroots change!   Begin requesting labeling of GMO foods, call your representatives and tell them how you feel.  Come to the March itself!  Be proactive with your shopping, buying from local organic farmers, converse with them about the food you are eating.  Plant a garden in your yard.

This is a video I found on YouTube that is about 13 Minutes long, by TheHealthRanger but it’s extremely important in getting the truth out.