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The Only Real Way to End GMOs

The Only Real Way to End GMOs

The other day I was feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and defeated about the whole GMO thing. There is SO MUCH evidence that GMOs, and the chemicals that are used in concert with them (like Roundup) are destroying our health and planet. And yet the infiltration and power and pockets of the chemical companies seem to know no bounds.

The tricks being used to pervert the Farm Bill and sneak the new “technology” into people’s lives are far beyond what would be considered ethical. But who has the time, attention span, and money to fight back? Some of us have day jobs. And all the petitions we sign seem to go into a black hole in a big White House. (Obama, have you checked the attic lately?) Hundreds of thousands of people have signed petitions and answered surveys that they want GMOs at least labeled and out of our food system. Why aren’t you listening, Mr. President?!

But then it occurred to me. We have the solution! We have the power! YOU have the answer in your HANDS RIGHT NOW! Forget Washington (well, let’s not forget it, but isn’t Washington always the LAST to change?) Ultimately, there is only one way to ensure that there are no GMOs in your food, and that is to buy, grow, and eat only organic food.

Buy eat and grow ONLY certified-organic food. It’s that simple. Certified-organic foods are the ONLY products you can buy that ensure you are not buying, eating, or supporting the GMO mafia. Eating certified-organic food is the only way you can ensure that you are not poisoning your children, poisoning yourself, and poisoning our environment. Isn’t that worth a few extra bucks in the supermarket? SERIOUSLY?! Yes, it’s worth it. Consider it your own lobbying budget. You are voting with your dollars, and the capitalist free market must respond to that. That’s why Wonder Bread and Twinkies bit the dust–not because of any government regulation, but because people wised up and stopped buying them.

I know you have questions. Why is organic so much more expensive? (Because the government penalizes organic farmers and artificially subsidizes chemical farmers.) How can you be sure it’s really organic? (Because organic food is the only food that is independently inspected every year to keep its certification–unlike that chemical fertilizer plant that exploded in Texas, which hadn’t been inspected since 1985. 1985!). Isn’t local food better than organic? (Only if it’s organic local food, because why would you want to support food that has contaminated your local community? And everything is local to someone somewhere!)

What’s the opposite of a boycott? A quick google search landed me on the term “carrotmob” (a campaign that supports a business in order to create positive change)–that’s perfect! Let’s carrotmob organic food! This is an act of individualized political activism that will do more to change the world (and your personal health) for the better than any march, any vote, any gala dinner event, any charity run, or any other thing will do to solve this issue once and for all.

Remember, only YOU can stop GMOs dead in their tracks. What are you waiting for?

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12:23AM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

Try this website: www.ripenear.me
I have used it myself to procure organic/nutritious produce from my neighbours - ultra local food, not food that has done more travel than I have.

12:27AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Thanks Maria for the great information.

7:17PM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

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11:50PM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

noted

7:00AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

7 contd)
. A sweet piece of fruit can often satisfy a sudden sweet tooth, and some toasted nuts can satiate your appetite for salt.

This article was written by Jovanka Ciares and published in MindBodyGreen on March 27, 2013.

6:58AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

5. Shop at the farmers market. (Contd)

If you have the option to buy your fruits and vegetables at a farmers market, do it. Because they’re the source of the food and are local, they don’t have to add transportation expenses or store markups. Most of what you find at the farmers market will be in season and organic, so you’ll be spending less, helping the local economy, and protecting the environment.

6. Buy whole grains in bulk.

Whole grains and legumes are cheap and are packed with protein, fiber, and other nutrients, all of which can help you feel fuller longer. Try buying your grains, beans, seeds, and nuts in bulk. Wholesale markets and grocery stores will often have a bulk section in the back where you can scoop as much as you want and pay per pound. You’ll find that by skipping the packaging, the grains will be a lot cheaper. These kinds of foods will also stay edible for a long time, so if you hit a great sale, don’t be afraid to stock your pantry.

7. Skip unnecessary treats.

Although it never hurts to indulge now and then, you might want to find some healthier and less expensive substitutes for your usual snacks. Most of the treats we crave are high in refined sugar, fat, or salt and come with a lot of preservatives and packaging. Instead of buying cookies and other packaged goodies, try learning to bake your own healthy versions using whole ingredients. There are also plenty of treats that use sugar substitutes, are gluten-fre

6:57AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

2. Eliminate processed foods.

2 contd) . It is a never-ending loop that will lead to a higher expense in the end (not to mention a slew of health issues in the future). Cut out processed foods and spend the extra money buying highly nutritious, fresh foods.

3. Cook at home.

Today, people in the Western world eat more than 50 percent of their meals outside the home. It’s convenient, yes, but it contributes to the obesity epidemic (the average portion size is much bigger in restaurants), and it can be really problematic when trying to stick to a limited budget. When you take the time to cook your meals at home, you tend to make and eat less food. By using organic ingredients and healthy recipes, you can create meals that are both tasty and healthy. It will also give you a chance to learn about the foods, spices, and condiments you cook with. For me, spending time in the kitchen has been the easiest and most effective way to learn to love and savor dozens of ingredients.

4. Eat more raw foods.

Although fresh, organic vegetables can come with a steep price tag, eating more of them can actually save you money down the road. Because you get more of the vitamins, minerals, probiotics, phytonutrients, etc. from raw veggies than from canned, frozen, or cooked ones, you can actually eliminate the need for supplements. You can also give your immune system a boost that will keep you out of the doctor’s office.

5. Shop at the farmers market.

If you have the

6:56AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

7 Tips For Eating Healthy (And Organic) On A Budget

By Jovanka Ciares, MindBodyGreen

When I first started my own business, I spent months living on a very strict budget. Yet, as a nutrition consultant and wellness coach, it was important for me to lead by example, which included consuming organic produce, whole grains, and supplements and following fitness routines that included yoga and dance. So I had to get creative and develop a few simple strategies for eating healthy and organic foods while staying on budget. Here’s what I learned.

1. Eat smaller portions.

It may seem funny at first, but it is actually quite practical. If you eat less, you’ll spend less. Besides the financial benefits of eating smaller portions, it can also help you improve digestion, reduce bloating, and trim your waistline. You don’t have starve yourself, but just reducing your portion size by as little a third will go a long way toward reducing your grocery bill, too. Try using smaller plates; it will fool your eye into believing you have more food. Also, waiting five to 10 minutes before getting a second helping will help trigger neurotransmitters that tell your brain you’ve had enough to eat.

2. Eliminate processed foods.

Packaged and processed foods may seem inexpensive at first, but the lack of nutrients in these foods will cause your body to continue to crave the nourishment it needs. It is a never-ending loop that will lead to a higher expense in the end (n

4:28AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Organic isn't as expensive as it used to be. Safeway and Target sell organic food now. And the price will go down as the demand goes up. I barely get by but after reading Jeffrey M. Smith's SEEDS OF DECEPTION, I decided to go as organic and non-GMO as I possibly could. Organic food is still cheaper than the medical expense of heart attacks and cancer.

10:41AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Who can AFFORD organic food on $177 or less a month in SNAP?

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