Its mind- boggling to me that sometimes when I am in conversation about healthy food with someone and I happen to mention the GMO ingredients in foods, I get asked the question, “What is a GMO?”
Even though our news media does not allow much information to come out on these toxic ingredients, many concerned organizations and people are trying very hard to get the word out. Even Trader Joe’s has banned the use of these toxic foods in their own private label products, and Whole Foods has said they are committed to labeling all GM foods by 2018.
So what are they, you ask. Quite simply put, they are common foods that have had their DNA altered for some specific purpose. In other words, the gene of one species has been inserted into another. Then, to make matters worse, they have added the toxic glyphosate based herbicide (a descendent of Agent Orange) to some of the seeds. No, folks. Don’t be confused. This is not standard hybridizing that we have seen for decades.
Now that GMO crops are creating their own pesticide within the plant, scientists find that it is also residing in our digestive systems. Yikes! Aren’t we sick enough with all the chemicals and pollutants that are already in our food and environment? More than 80,000 last I checked.
How do you avoid GMO’s? In most cases, you will not see them listed on the label, so the best way is to buy USDA certified organic or grow your own. (However, some of the GMO seeds are cross contaminating other crops within their reach, so we may not be able to rely on organic in the future unless the crops are tested.)
We have many crops in the food supply that are now GMO. The top four are corn, soy, canola, and cotton and anything listed on an ingredient label that is made from them. New ones recently allowed are sugar beets, alfalfa, Hawaiian papaya, and some zucchini and crook necked squash. Dairy products also contain the GMO hormone rBGH or rBST which is given to the cows.
You can download a complete list (True Food Shopping Guide) from the Center for Food Safety online. You can also get involved in your own area to help get rid of these is our food, as big Corporations are poisoning our food supply at alarming rates! (Next on the list to get approved is G.M. salmon.) You can also join the Center for Food Safety to keep on top of the issue.
Extra info for further use:
The NK603 corn, widely grown in theU.S. and introduced in 1998, (unbeknownst to most of us) is given to animals and humans and is in many processed foods, such as cereal, corn chips, corn tortillas and pretty much any thing made from corn.
A recent study conducted at theUniversityofCaenshowed that rats that were fed this corn developed large tumors, as well as severe liver disease and kidney disease within a short time. I have to say that some of the pictures of these rats scared the heck out of me.
Be sure to check your food for storage for gmo ingredients.
I was packing some 25# bags of pinto beans and spring wheat the other day and found that the 5-gallon food storage buckets were too large, so I went to our food storage outlet and found some smaller ones. To my surprise, they had some odd sizes available which they recommended I try.
The size of bucket you will need depends on the density of the product you are packing. (Most of the time a 5 gallon bucket will hold 35 pounds of hard red wheat, but other grains can vary.)
The spring wheat I was packing had much smaller kernels than the winter wheat I had stored previously, but I was able to pack 25 pounds into a 4 1/4 gallon bucket with about 1 3/4 inches of headspace.
The 25# bag of pinto beans fit into a 3 1/2 gallon bucket with about 2 inches of headspace. I have several other bags of these foods to pack so it will help me know what size buckets to purchase.
There is an advantage to having smaller buckets because they can fit into smaller spaces and you don’t have to dig into your larger buckets when you want to use some of the food. A better option might be to use two /2 gallon buckets for short term use. You want to use and rotate your food storage as much as possible, so this would be an efficient way to do it.
If you have a bunch of 5 gallon buckets stacked somewhere on top of each other, chances are you aren’t going to dig them out and use them as often and you miss out on the opportunity to utilize these foods in your everyday diet.