GMOs, Part 3…What Can We Do?

I know it’s been pretty depressing this week with all the GMO posts but there are some things we can do to protect ourselves.  First, buy organic whenever possible.  Just last week there was some information in the media about it not being all that important to buy organic.  Interestingly, there is evidence that this study was done to undermine organic farmers and the initiative to label GMOs.  It was backed by big GMO advocates.  Unfortunately, buying organic is the only way to know for certain that what you are eating is not genetically modified.

Try to find substitutes for your favorite boxed or bagged snacks if they are not already organic.  For example, one of the products almost always in my pantry is a box of Nabisco Wheat Thins.   I’m pretty sure that the soybean oil purchased by Nabisco is made with genetically modified soybeans.  My kids LOVE Wheat Thins so I’m going shopping on Saturday for a replacement. First I will look at Trader Joe’s because all of their products are GMO free and usually much less costly than Whole Foods.  Whatever I can’t replace at TJs I will most likely be able to find at Whole Foods.  The major supermarket chains also have their own brand of organic cereal and crackers.

Second, cut diet soda out of your life completely!  Aspartame, the fake sweetener used in all diet Pepsi and diet Coke products is created by using genetically modified BACTERIA! Yuck!  If you love your diet soda, it may take a few days to give it up; aspartame is also known to be addictive!  (BTW, don’t replace it with regular soda made with high-fructose CORN syrup!  Corn is one of the most genetically engineered crops!)  Aspartame is also found in most sugar-free products like chewing gum, hard candies, and yogurt.  Read the label on any “diet” food like Weight Watchers or Snackwells and you will probably find aspartame (also known as Nutrasweet and Equal).

Lastly, buy local produce whenever you can.  Most of the GMO crops are from large, industrial farms. By shopping at your farmer’s market or subscribing to a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) you will be able to avoid GM products and possibly save money at the same time.

Tomorrow I will post about the “plu” stickers we find on produce at the supermarket.  They can tell us quite a bit about what we’re buying!

Peace and greens,

Melissa

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