Just Say No to Frankenfoods!

MY NOTE: October 16th was World Food Day, so this reprint from
Freshlife is one area that I feel needs to be emphasized. While the emphasis for World Food Day is ending hunger, I think this issue is also important, since October is also non-GMO Month.

Food needs to be safe to eat and my feeling is that genetically
modified foods have not been proven safe. Ending hunger with
Frankenfoods seems to be going about ending hunger in an unhealthy way.

Let’s focus on real food for real people, grown locally and organic whenever possible. America is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, yet we
are way down the list on being one of the healthiest countries if the amount we spend on care is any indication.

www.reuters.com postedthis:

(Reuters) – Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality, less efficiency and have the least equitable system, according to a report released on Wednesday.

The United States ranked last when compared to six other countries — Britain, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand, the Commonwealth Fund report found….In 2007, health spending was $7,290 per person in the United States, more than double that of any other country in the survey.

Here is the reprint from Freshlife:

“The genetic modification of food is intrinsically dangerous. It involves making irreversible changes in a random manner to a complex level of life about which little is known. It is inevitable that this hit-and-miss approach will lead to disasters. It must disrupt the natural intelligence of the plant or animal to which it is applied, and lead to health-damaging side-effects.” Dr. Geoffrey Clements

October is Non-GMO month. Non-Genetically Modified Organisms are not anything new, but are definitely something we all need to know more about. Here are some good sources of information about this crucial health issue. If you are responsible for the care and feeding of little ones, this topic should be of particular interest to you. Ingestion of these foods by humans, especially those who are most vulnerable, has never been studied or proven safe.

1. There is a ton of helpful information at www.responsibletechnology.org. The Institute of Responsible Technology deems itself “the most comprehensive of GMO health risk information on the web.” If you are a science geek, check this site regularly for the most up to date scientific studies on bioengineering from around the world. It also has many handy tips for safer shopping, what to be wary of in the marketplace, and the impact on health and wellbeing caused by GMOs.

2. Another good website for political and health information regarding GMOs is www.justlabelit.org. A simple and straightforward website great for people who didn’t know GMOs were something in the food supply, or even something to be scared of. Almost daily, new petitions are posted for you to sign, making it easy as pie to become an activist from your computer.

3. This might sound crazy or pointless if you’re not a gardener, but buy organic seeds and store them for the future. Purchasing organic or heirloom seeds is the only way one can be sure to have seeds free of genetic engineering. Saving seeds for the future, in case there is a collapse in the food supply infrastructure, is done all over the world. Check out www.seedsofchange.com for thousands of varieties. Also, you can check out the Petaluma Seed Bank at http://rareseeds.com/petaluma-seed-bank/ for a nice video on why seed banks are as important as banks like Sovereign or Wells Fargo. (A hint: You can’t eat money!)

4. Depending on your age, you may recall helping to plant, or learning about WW II Victory Gardens in history class. Well, victory garden’s are back! Instead of supporting the war effort at home as in the past, the modern victory garden is a plan to create independence from the corporate run food industry. Check out www.modernvictorygarden.com/ for tips on starting your own.

5. If you don’t have a yard, or you live in a third story walk-up and only have a tiny balcony, check out Urban Farmer Mike Leiberman’s website for gardening tips. Mike also offers a whole host of ideas on recycling and doing a lot with very little. www.urbanorganicgardener.com/

Freshlife has recently added shelf tags to all guaranteed non-GMO products. They will be in place for the remainder of October. If you’re still confused about non-GMOs, stop by Freshlife. We’ll be happy to bring you back to nature.

Ingrid Callenberger and Jim Labenberg

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