At this point in this series of three blogs on the serious health risks from GMOs, I am hoping that you share my concern with the recent House passage of a bill that will call all GMO food as “natural”, stopping any chance for appropriate labeling. Stopping any chance for knowing which foods are GMO and which foods are non-GMO. Doesn’t it feel strange that 64 other countries require that labeling, but we do not?
I suppose you could argue that our country is simply better. We are healthier and we have a better health care system. If you have read any of these blogs or even read my book, you know that is not the case. In terms of overall physical health and emotional health, we rate poorly when compared to the rest of the world; and when you compare our health care system to the rest of the world, we usually rank in the high 30s – no where near the top of nations.
We must come to one agreement. Our government (forget the party – they are all to blame), our governmental agencies, and our health organizations, especially the meat and dairy societies, have let all of us down. They have pursued a course toward profit, business and personal. They have failed to pursue a course toward health – our health. So, what is our starting point? We cannot rely on our government or our food companies to help us. We need to depend on ourselves.
What can we do? First, as I have shared, there are 9 crops that are currently patented as genetically engineered. They are corn, soy, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya, zucchini, and yellow squash. I would encourage you to NOT purchase these products at your grocery chain store. If that is your only option, try to NOT eat these products. There is also the option, for some, of purchasing these objects through health stores that list them as organic. A label of “natural” is not sufficient.
If you are pregnant or hoping to become pregnant, the above recommendation is even more important. If there is any chance that the GMO foods, so heavily sprayed with Round Up, are associated with autism, ADHD, and the pervasive development disorders, you need to protect yourself and your fetus. I would steer clear of as many of the above foods as possible during your nine months of pregnancy and your six months of breast-feeding. I would ignore the extra distance or the extra cost and I would seek out organic products, asking the store to confirm that those foods are not GMOs. Your baby deserves your extra effort.
If you need any more convincing, let me repeat some other studies. Studies of umbilical cords, analyzed directly after birth reveal around a hundred toxic chemicals. Those chemicals are bad enough, reflecting the toxicity of our food, our air, and our water. You do not need to add GMO and Round Up residue to the list. You would be playing roulette with the intellectual health, emotional health, and developmental health of your child. Surely, any expense is worth giving your child the best chance to be normal and not developmentally impaired. As I have shared before (one of my daughters is a music teacher who works daily with children), the number of children with developmental issues is enormous; and it’s growing worse each year. Something needs to be done.
In summary, we need to work together to eat as healthy as possible. More than 16,000 products are verified as non-GMO. You can go to a shopping web site at NonGMOShopping Guide.com. Or you can download one of many applications for your phone that also list GMO foods and non-GMO foods. For example, consider the application Shop No GMO. Just to repeat, you need to make the effort. I do not think you can depend on anyone else – just your own initiative.
We also need to work together to convince Congress to vote for GMO labeling, not against GMO labeling. You probably think that there are more important issues. That may be true. However, our current physical illnesses, emotionally illnesses, and developmental problems are costing this country a fortune, making us less competitive against the world. We need to change course if our country is going to rebound and be a leading economic and political force.
There is another route. Instead of fighting against Monsanto and the agricultural giants, we can appeal to all of the other companies. We can ask them to label their foods as non-GMO. If those companies would comply, then we would not need to force GMO labeling on the agricultural giants. Any food that was not labeled non-GMO would, by definition, be GMO. That would make our food choices so much easier and so much healthier without asking those companies to do anything.
Lastly, the large agricultural companies have repeatedly argued, sometime quite successfully, that labeling would increase the cost of our food. However, studies from other countries have not shown that is the case. The cost of food stays much the same regardless of the labeling. Of course, readers know my bias. If you want to reduce your later health care costs, spend more money to upgrade the quality of your food – and upgrade the quality of your diet. In the long run those costs will prove to be good investments.
One last approach, maybe not so pleasant. Remember those rope worms? If you ever find one in your toilet bowl after going to the bathroom, take a picture and send the picture to Jeffrey Smith at ResponsibleTechnology.org. Consider participating in their research. And if you have a worm, may I suggest consideration for treatment with colonics. In this country (and I know it sounds disgusting), there are more and more sites offering safe, clean, surprisingly easy colonics to clean your intestines, eliminating contaminants and any worms.
Just take action …
We cannot afford to be passive …