What’s the big deal about GMOs? Part 1

Both and Andrea and I have been greatly affected by the new GMO documentary.  We’ve both seen and read quite a lot on the subject but nothing has hit home or made us angrier than this video.  We feel the need to do something.  Our loved ones (all of you!) are so important to us but we know how busy you are.  Finding 90 minutes to watch this documentary, let alone the time to decide what you should do about it, may be overwhelming.  Well, that’s the reason for the Sprouting Souls blog!  We are here to share information about health and nutrition and nothing is more important than the information in this documentary.  For the next few days we will break this info down into smaller, easily digestible, bits.

First off, what is a GMO?  GMO stands for genetically modified organism.  It can be a plant, animal, or microorganism whose genetic code has been altered.  Genes can be transferred by scientists between two species that would never be able to naturally mate…like a goat and a spider!  This transfer of genes can also be performed on plants and crops to produce grains, fruits, and vegetables that are resistant to pests, herbicides, or harsh environmental conditions like drought.  If you want more of the science, click here to read more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_organism

Another term you may see used is, “GE foods” which stands for genetically engineered foods, basically the same thing as a GMO.  The two main types of GE foods are herbicide-tolerant crops and pesticide-producing crops.  Both are plagued with unexpected consequences such as hundreds to thousands of genetic mutations that have both known and unknown effects on human health.  The research on what this is doing inside our bodies is so scary that every other major industrialized country has banned GMOs from their food supply!!  Yes, read that again.  Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada, and many more are banning GMOs.

Monsanto is the multi-billion dollar corporation responsible for most of the genetically engineered seeds and dangerous pesticides in the world.   Upwards of 90% of all corn, soybeans, and cotton are grown from genetically engineered seeds.  Go into your pantry and pick up the first box you see.  Read the ingredient list.  Does it have corn, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, canola oil, cottonseed oil, soy, or soybean oil in it?  Unless the box reads “certified organic” it undoubtably contains GMOs.

To read more on Monsanto click here to read an article in Vanity Fair magazine http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/05/monsanto200805 or here for an article published yesterday in a Sacramento newspaper about what Monsanto is up to this week (buying government once again)http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/05/monsanto200805

Why would the U.S. continue to allow our food supply to come from GMOs?  Several former Monsanto executives now hold the most powerful positions in the FDA and other government agencies.  A few former Monsanto consultants are now senators,congressmen, and lobbyists.   Yep, the United States government is in bed with Monsanto. Nice. To see a chart with some of these positions listed click here http://redgreenandblue.org/2012/02/02/monsanto-employees-in-the-halls-of-government-part-2/

Tomorrow we will talk about the effects of GMOs on our health.  Be prepared to get more uncomfortable.  Can you believe we are not even informed about which of our food products contain GMOs?  If you are already upset, please sign the petition to get GMOs labeled by clicking here http://justlabelit.org/take-action/

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