For those of you who think fighting against major corporations is a failed cause, think again! The Monsanto Protection Act, an act that protected sellers of genetically modified seeds from lawsuits, even if the resulting crops cause harm, is set to EXPIRE on 9/30 and WILL NOT BE REINSTATED. This is a huge victory for Anti-GMO and Anti-Monsanto activists and believers. Thanks to the thousands of Americans who protested, had their voices heard, and spoke out against GMOs, we are making steps in the right direction! Although this does not rule out the use of GMOs, there is now no longer a law protecting GMOs against harm. On a bigger scale, it is recognition that the people have a problem with GMO’s and that our voices have a chance at being heard. Keep it up folks!
Read more about the removal of the act here.
Happy Tuesday! What better day to whip out the taco shells, ground beef, cheese, and have a mexican Taco Tuesday dinner, right? I was talking with a friend about Mexican food, and she inquired about how to enjoy tacos without ingesting heaping amounts of GMOs. In honor of that, today I am going to show you how to enjoy your tacos while eliminating the GMOs!
For those of you that don’t know, the majority of all corn, canola, and soy products in the USA are currently genetically modified. Yes, that means any time you go out for Mexican food, those delicious tortilla chips are made from GMO corn. Bummer right? I know! I feel exactly the same. Why does this matter again? Oh right, because many studies have shown that GMOs have caused tumors, cancer, and killed animals after incorporated into their diets. Although there is nothing we can currently do to prevent GMO’s when dining out (besides only eating at organic restaurants), there is a LOT you can do to avoid GMO’s when making food at home!
In terms of Mexican food, it is important to purchase organic tortilla chips, or chips that have a Non-GMO Project Verified label like the one to the right. Where can you get these? Well Whole Foods, Natural Markets, and Trader Joe’s offer a variety of organic and nongmo label products. Not near one of these? No fear! Here is an entire list of Non-GMO brands, that you can easily order online from stores or amazon.
Believe it or not, these brands make pretty much every type of food you could want, including taco shells, tortillas, tortilla chips (and of course non mexican foods as well) – so there is no reason to be ingesting a GMO filled taco when you don’t need to be! For example, popular taco shells such as Ortego indeed are full of GMOs,so opt for a great organic option, Garden of Eatin organic corn shells or Whole Foods brand 365 with the Non GMO verified label on them!
Aside from corn, don’t forget to avoid cooking your taco meat with any soy or canola oils! Much like corn, most soy and canola that are non organic in the USA are GMOs. GREAT alternatives to these oils are extra virgin olive oil or coconut oils!! Not only are these non gmo but these are also much healthier alternatives that offer a lot of beneficial nutrients.
Top your organic taco shells, with some GMO free cooked beef, some organic cheese, and some lettuce and tomato, and BAM! Taco Tuesday is not only salvaged but in fact can be considered quite a healthy meal!
Did you know that about 90% of the US corn supply is Genetically Modified?
Did you know that a study done looking at the long term effects of GMO corn on rats showed they developed horrifying tumors, widespread organ damage, and premature death?
Did you know that this study has been deemed “the most thorough research ever published into the health effects of GM food crops and the herbicide Roundup on rats” and is the only lifetime study yet to be done on GMO foods!?
What does this all mean? Well – the most long term study done to this day on GMO corn tell us this:
- Up to 50% of males and 70% of females suffered premature death.
- Rats that drank trace amounts of Roundup (at levels legally allowed in the water supply) had a 200% to 300% increase in large tumors.
- Rats fed GM corn and traces of Roundup suffered severe organ damage including liver damage and kidney damage.
The study fed these rats NK603, the Monsanto variety of GM corn that’s grown across North America and widely fed to animals and humans. This is the same corn that’s in your corn-based breakfast cereal, corn tortillas and corn snack chips.
If this doesn’t say enough I don’t know what does. GMO food is one of the biggest and most dangerous issues our society is currently facing. Unfortunately the studies promoting GMOs look at short-term effects (now we can see why). If this study above is the first one showing long term GMO effects, what does that say? Looks like GMOs have been forced into our food supply with limited research, and now we are becoming the lab rats. If these pictures depict anything close to what we are in store for we should all be alarmed. Avoiding GMOs takes time, but unless you want to end up like this rat, its worth your time. Do yourself a favor and before chowing down on some corn tortillas and salsa – check out this list on ways to avoid GMOs.
What if I told you that I knew a secret to protecting your health and possibly preventing health concerns in your future?..what if I told you it was by avoiding something that is now uncontrollably taking over our food supply? ..what if I told you if you keep buying food from large corporations you will likely develop cancer in 20-30 years time? Its time to address a higher level issue, something that is effecting the majority of food we consume, something called GMOs.
The US is currently replacing our real food supply with fake genetically engineered foods, foods that studies show animals avoid and DIE from eating! This WILL result in a multitude of increased health problems for our generation, especially cancer.
What are GMOs? According to NonGMOProject, “GMOs, also known as genetically modified organisms, are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur naturally. Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.”
Basically, GMOs result in fake frankenfoods that are cheaper and last longer then real food, but offer no benefit at all to the consumer. Why would these exist you ask? Because a company Monsanto is currently running and corrupting the agricultural pipeline, is steamrolling this movement for one reason only, to profit.
In fact, “Most developed nations don’t consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale.” The fact that other countries REFUSE to use this stuff and we do not BLOWS MY MIND. Leave it to America, land of the free, to choose money and profit over the well being of the people.
What can you do? Fortunately there is this awesome website nongmoproject.org that provides us with all the info we need to know and exactly where we can go to buy non-gmo foods. Click here for a list of non-gmo food brands. It sucks that in today’s world we have to work so hard to protect our health, but I dare you. Take a look at the list above and next time your hungry, think twice before grabbing a bag of Doritos. In any instance of world crisis we quickly reach for survival guides or ways to survive. Well think of this list above as your survival guide, because believe me, it will be.