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What does non-GMO mean, and why is it important?

photo (2)You’ve probably seen a lot on TV and in the papers about GMO and non-GMO foods – it sounds complicated, what does it really mean?

Chemical companies are constantly researching ways to make our lives better, and their breakthroughs are too numerous to count. Literally every aspect of our lives is affected by science — from the plastic containers we receive our products in, to the use of our energy resources, to transportation, manufacturing, and building, we could not possibly do without our chemical industry.

But like any business, they are constantly looking for ways to increase their profitability and market share, and as such, they have moved into some areas that perhaps serve themselves better than their customers, and this question of GMO may be one of those areas. Let’s take a closer look and see.

The concept itself is rather complex – every living organism has a genetic code, in other words, a natural pattern that acts as a blueprint for the organism to follow to create new cells in order to live.

Historically, this genetic code was a mystery, but scientists at these chemical companies have spent billions of dollars and invested the finest minds in cracking those genetic codes, for their own use – and in an effort to invent hardier, more disease resistant crops, they have genetically altered most of our corn, soy, wheat, and other food staples.

If all this did was what it was intended to do, then we would be singing their praises, and who cares how much money they make – but the problem is, evidence is mounting that the genetically modified foods are bad, bad for our health and bad for our planet.

Since the chemical companies are so powerful, giving money to politicians in bushel baskets and tipping public sentiment by not completely coming clean on the drawbacks of their products, we are approaching a time when it will not be possible to get non-genetically modified foods of certain types in certain areas, and that is increasing daily.

It’s important to realize that many countries have completely banned the use of any GMO foods, and others carefully monitor which ones they allow – but the truth is, this is a situation where “better living through better chemistry” is in serious doubt.   Many children are allergic to the GMO foods, as well as many adults – and the worst part of it is, there’s no way to measure the damage to our natural genetic material, since GMO foods are becoming so widespread, people are using them many times each day.

So what can we do? At the consumer level, you can choose non-GMO foods, offered by non-GMO companies. There are some brands that pride themselves on not using or selling any genetically engineered products – a little homework will help you discover which brands you should include and which you should avoid.  Also, any food labeled “organic” cannot contain any GMO substances, so this is a safe way to be sure you are not taking altered genetic material into your body.

At the social level, you can read about and discuss with your friends and neighbors the potential harm from such manipulated foods, and pool your resources so you learn as much as possible about how to keep your family safe.

One of the best resources for such information is Jeff Smith and his Institute For Responsible Technology. He has an eye-opening film called “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble Of Our Lives” which may shock you, but is worth watching to grasp the vastness of this problem, and learn more about what you can do to improve it.

Educate yourself so you can make good decisions about which foods are safe and which are not. No one knows just how dangerous this situation may be, but if living a natural lifestyle is important to you, it’s worth it for you to find out more for yourself.

Get Educated! Get Inspired! Take Action!

Until next time,

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