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What you need to know about GM foods

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According to mind boggling survey here in the USA, most children think milk comes from the supermarket and peaches from a can; even the kids in Georgia where most peaches are grown. That shows how far removed from the sources of our food we've become. Kids never set foot on a farm.

By the same token, most people think the food in the frozen food aisle is actually real food, not realizing they're filled to the brim with unnatural additives; preservatives, colorings, and artificial flavorings. That was one of the reasons we chose to grow our own food/produce 20 years ago. We felt that returning to natural eating habits was a must. Even more so today.

And Healthy Eating Starts with NO GMO! The problem here in the States is that genetically modified produce need not be labeled. So you don't know what you are eating. You can assume, however, that you take in 70% genetically modified foods if you live off the fast food isle. I highly recommend reading Jeffrey Smith's books, Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette. (

Smith documents at least 65 serious health risks from GM products of all kinds, including (and I quote)

"Male mice fed GM soy have damaged young sperm cells

The embryo offspring of GM soy-fed mice have altered DNA functioning

Several US farmers have reported sterility or fertility problems among pigs etc." The list goes on and on. To sum it up: GMO foods can be: Allergenic ├ éČ Toxic ├ éČ Carcinogenic ├ éČ Anti-nutritional

How can we avoid GM food? By buying organic. I experienced firsthand how difficult it is to acquire that well-earned label "Organic". Get this quintessential shopping guide that lists GM foods:

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho of the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) explains the heart of why GM foods are so dangerous: Playing with Technology We Don't Fully Comprehend (read the full article on

Products to avoid that contain these at-risk ingredients are 1. Soy 2. Corn 3. Cotton 4. Canola. I don't know how cotton gets into the food chain, but soy and canola oil is prevalent here and hard to circumnavigate.

Germany together with 5 other countries in the EU- has banned growing GM corn. And their food products need to be labeled.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has called for a moratorium on genetically modified foods! That's food for thought, ain't it?

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Ursula Siebert, originally a German teacher & lecturer turned businesswoman, lived in different European countries before coming to the USA. She is now a free-lance writer. Often tongue-in-cheek, she sees life and politics in the USA from the (more...)
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