living with labels….

organic 

 

There’s a difference???

So are “natural” and “organic” synonymous with each other?  Well, I’m hopefully going to shed a little light in the label war and you can judge for yourself.  Let’s start…

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ORGANIC:  Products bearing this label are required to contain no less than 95% certified organic ingredients.  The remaining 5% are non-organic and synthetic ingredients.

100% ORGANIC:  By law, these products have to be made entirely of certified organic ingredients, produced in accordance with federal organic standards and include no  synthetics.

MADE WITH ORGANIC INGREDIENTS:  These products have a 70/30 split of organic and non-organic ingredients that have been approved by the USDA.

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NATURAL:  Concerning meat, it means the manufacturer claims to have used no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.   “Naturally raised means  no growth promoters, antibiotics, animal by-products, or fish by-products.

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FREE RANGE:  This label does NOT mean that the animals have spent most of the time outdoors.  To use this label means the producers have to only offer the animals outdoor access as little as 5 minutes per dayBut “allowing access” doesn’t mean much. A small door in a barn with thousands  of chickens technically gives chickens an opportunity to go outside, but that  doesn’t mean that they’ll have access to grass (it may only be a concrete slab). (via)

Bottom line:  Eat fresh.  Eat local.  Do it.

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get your GMO’s outta my food!!

Have you heard about these?  GMO means genetically modified organism. 

Genetic engineering is a radical new technology that forces genetic information across the protective species barrier in an unnatural way.  In other words, genes from one species are forced into the DNA of other species.  Remember when tobacco, asbestos and DDT were all declared safe?  Yeah, it’s kinda like that….

Bottom line?  GMO’s are NOT safe!!  Virtually all commercial GMO’s are engineered to withstand herbicides and insecticides.   A field can now be sprayed with chemicals and everything will die except for the resistant crop.

Graham Wynne, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, says: “The ability to clear fields of all weeds using powerful herbicides which can be sprayed onto GM herbicide-resistant crops will result in farmlands devoid of wildlife and will spell disaster for millions of already declining birds and plants.”

There are also GM virus-resistant crops. Prof Joe Cummins says: “Probably the greatest threat from genetically altered crops is the insertion of modified virus and insect virus genes into crops – genetic recombination will create virulent new viruses from such constructions. The widely used cauliflower mosaic virus (present in the GM soy and maize currently on supermarket shelves in the UK) is a potentially dangerous gene. It is very similar to the Hepatitis B virus and related to HIV. Modified viruses could cause famine by destroying crops or cause human and animal diseases of tremendous power.”

Why be concerned? Well, other than that Hep B and HIV dealio,  one of many good reasons is that these laboratory-created mutations are unlabeled, virtually untested and on grocery shelves everywhere…..right now.

The problem with GM foods is their unpredictability. A person may prove unexpectedly allergic to a food he has previously eaten safely.  For this reason, people who are hyperallergenic or environmentally sensitive may want to avoid GM foods.  How do we know WHICH foods have GMO’s?  Don’t they have to label them or tell us?

Here’s the kicker….No!   The powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from all of us. In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve.

If you get a chance, check out this film called The Future of Food.  I watched it on Hulu Plus last night and was appalled!!!  You can go to their website HERE and either watch it online (I hope you are not at work because it is lengthy) or you can download it or buy the DVD.  I had no idea what the big companies are doing to our farms.

With the increase in several diseases in America, it can be due to the profound changes in our diet!  Everyone eats…..everyone is affected.

So why GMO’s in the first place?

The promise:  highly productive crops feeding the starving millions, vegetables growing in the desert, vitamin fortified grains…

The facts:  none of these are available.  In fact the only two traits that are found in nearly all commercialized genetically modified plants are herbicides and/or pesticide production.  Soy, corn, cotton and canola plants are engineered with bacterial genes to survive deadly doses of herbicides.

It’s important that we know what is going in our bodies!  Another great article is found HERE.

STAY INFORMED, MY PEEPS!