Fit Food Friday: Are You Celebrating Non-GMO Month?

Fit Food Friday: Are You Celebrating Non-GMO Month?

Are you celebrating Non-GMO month?  If you aren't, that's ok, because I didn't know it was officially Non-GMO month either, until Whole Foods sent me an email.  You've likely been reading a lot on the web about GMOs (genetically modified organisms; in other words, scientifically played with in a lab), and you aren't sure if you should really be worried about them or not.  Recent stats show that over 70% of all pre-packaged foods in the United States contain GMOs.  “Most studies with GM foods indicate that they may cause hepatic, pancreatic, renal, and reproductive effects and may alter haematological [blood], biochemical, and immunologic parameters, the significance of which remains to be solved with chronic toxicity studies.” – Dona A, Arvanitoyannis (IS. Health risks of genetically modified foods. Crit Rev Food SciNutr. 2009; 49: 164–1751).  In other words, we've likely been putting our health at risk for years, blindly.  But now we know what's happening, and we can work to correct our own diets and adjust our own lifestyles.

WHAT ARE GMOs
"GMOs, or "genetically modied organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from dierent species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market oer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benet. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers' rights..." (side note from Melanie:  Check out the documentary Food Inc.)
ARE GMOs SAFE TO EAT?
"Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are signicant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and prot from their sale. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment."
(information above in italics from from NonGMOProject.org)
How did we let this happen?  Well, lets face it... we are a nation of convenience and apathy.  We let this happen because we wanted to more quickly produce food that is quicker and easier to consume and cook, that also has a long shelf life.  We also don't seem to care what we put into our bodies as long as it tastes good, not taking in account what causes it could have on us (from illness to obesity).  We are also highly influenced by advertising and shiny objects.  We want things to be easy.  We want to be able to zone out and not really think of things too deeply.  Well, don't you think it's time that we start caring about ourselves more?
Don't you ever find it strange that we seem to be getting sicker and sicker, as a species.  We are constantly developing new drugs to try and treat the symptoms of diseases that could've been prevented if we'd just CARED ABOUT OURSELVES and taken action to treat our bodies and our minds with love.  It's not too late, though!  So, I encourage you... rather than throwing your hands into the air saying, "Well, I've been consuming them this long, who cares!?" to instead say, "Now I'm informed and I'm going to make a difference in my life and help positively influence the lives of those I love!"
Don't know where to start?
Check out this great "How To Shop if You're Avoiding GMO" information provided by Whole Foods for some great tips!
Be sure to also Celebrate Non-GMO month with Whole Foods and check out their SALES that they have going on this weekend on non-GMO food items!  To see what's on sale go to their website and search for your local store.
If you want more info on GMOs, check out the Non-GMO Project online.
I hope that you'll take the time to look all of this information over.  The only way to really make that education decision for yourself and your family is to educate yourself first!

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