Friday, October 15, 2010

October is Non-GMO Month


Genetically modified foods have been slipping their way into our grocery stores for some time.  Most people, when given the choice, choose non-GMO foods over their genetically modified counterparts. Why?  I guess we inherently understand that fooling with mother nature is a bad idea, or we have been following this movement and have grown wary by its use of deceptive practices to get us to embrace these laboratory made “foods “.

In Europe, where they not only eat healthier but their food quality is much better than ours, they successfully banned GMOs a decade ago.  Did the government step in?  No.  Quite the contrary this was a consumer driven movement.  Articles, such as this one, were written, education was offered and the result was that all major food companies willing stopped utilizing GMO ingredients in their food due to the public’s outrage over them.

What would it take to accomplish that feat here in the US?  Surprisingly, not that much.  If just 5% of US shoppers supported this movement, we could tip the scales to alert US companies that we mean business! 

Organic is best but if you can’t buy organic at least opt for non-GMO. Many natural food grocery stores are becoming involved with this movement as well.  Whole Foods promises that their personal brand is completely non-GMO and the rest of their offerings are clearly marked so that there will be no confusion.

Jeffrey Smith is founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology and he is helping to lead this movement.  If you go to: www.nongmochoppingguide.com you can get a Free shopping guide to help steer you in the right direction.

Mr. Smith is interviewed at this site if you’d like some more information:

I believe that GMO foods are one of the factors causing inflammation and a leaky gut and therefore they should be avoided at all costs.  Nature is rather magnificent in what she has created. Science is an unwelcome intruder when it comes to engineering our food.  Let’s keep it natural and enjoy better health!

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

4 comments:

Stacie Shepp said...

Thank you so much for writing this article! WholeSoy has put together a guide for ways to participate in Non-GMO Month as well. Here’s the link for reference: http://wholesoyco.com/blog/item/take-action-guide-for-non-gmo-month

Deb said...

In all the web material I have read that is aimed at the GF-sensitive portion of the public - recipes, products, etc. I am seeing a very large emphasis on carbohydrates, in particular desserts and breads. Meanwhile I am reading statistics that people on GF diets are more prone to diabetes. My own take on this - and this is purely opinion - is that we would be better off cutting down on breads and desserts and stepping up our intake of vegetables, fruits and protein source

The HealthNOW Doctors said...

Hello Deb,

I completely agree with your opinion. The problem with consuming gluten is a big one for those who are intolerant, but the focus on how to replace the least nutritional aspects of a gluten-containing diet, namely bread and dessert, is really not serving us well health-wise.

My patients are told to think of the bread and desserts as very occasional "goodies" to be enjoyed but definitely not as an integral part of their diet.

We have much work to do in this area.

To your good health,
Dr Vikki

Dr.DevineSeattleChiropractor said...

Large portions of Europe have already succeeded in removing GM foods from their food supply, forcing food manufacturers to use real ingredients in their European product lines. But here in the United States we’re still stuck with it to a very large degree.

It all starts with you and the choices you make when buying your food. So please spread the word. If more of us begin to refuse GM foods, food manufacturers will have no choice but to listen.