GMO’s: OMG!

Did you know:

Do you know what GMO’s are?  A genetically modified organism (GMO) is a bacteria, yeast, insect, plant, fish, or mammal whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food.  GMOs are used in biological and medical research, production of pharmaceutical drugs, experimental medicine (e.g. gene therapy), and agriculture (e.g. golden rice, resistance to herbicides).

In agriculture, currently marketed genetically engineered crops have traits such as resistance to pests, resistance to herbicides, increased nutritional value, or production of valuable goods such as drugs (pharming). Products under development include crops that are able to thrive in environmental conditions outside the species’ native range or in changed conditions in their range (e.g. drought or salt resistance). Products that existed and have been withdrawn include those with extended product shelf life, such as the Flavr-savr tomato.

Since the first commercial cultivation of genetically modified plants in 1996, they have been modified to be tolerant to the herbicides glufosinate and glyphosate, to be resistant to virus damage (as in Ringspot virus-resistant GM papaya grown in Hawaii), and to produce the Bt toxin, an insecticide that is documented as non-toxic to mammals. Plants, including algae, jatropha, maize, and poplars, have been genetically modified for use in producing fuel, known as biofuel.

Second- and third-generation GM crops are on the market and under development with improved nutrition profiles and increased yields or ability to thrive in difficult environments. GM oilseed crops on the market today offer improved oil profiles for processing or healthier edible oils. Other examples include:

  • A genetically modified cassava with lower cyanogen glucosides and enhanced with protein and other nutrients;
  • Golden rice, which was developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and has been discussed as a possible cure for Vitamin A deficiency;
  • A vitamin-enriched corn derived from South African white corn variety;
  • Camelina sativa that accumulates high levels of oils similar to fish oils.

For discussions of issues about GM crops and GM food, see the Controversies section below and the article on genetically modified food controversies.

Do you know what all of this means?? Do you know what Round Up Weed Killer is?  You know, that really powerful weed killer that people use to do just that, kill weeds?  IT’S IN EVERYTHING WE EAT!  It’s in the seeds that the farmers use to plants the crops that are on the shelves in the supermarkets.  It’s in the dinner you are serving to your kids.  It’s in that processed food you are making because you are too busy to cook.  It’s at the drive thru. It’s everywhere. How could that even be good for us?????? Guess what?  It’s not!

A good friend of mine posted this video awhile back, and resent it to me on friday after I posted my blog about the food industry and Cliff Walsh’s book (which everyone should read!), and I wanted to share it with everyone because her story is just like all of ours.  I think it’s important to hear, and think about. Another great documentary about GMO’s is titled: GMO OMG. It’s currently available on Netflix. Watch it.  We need to start making changes.  We need to head back to our roots.  We need to get back to the natural way of life.  Regain our health, ourselves.

The food industry, and how it’s failing us

This morning, as I drink my coffee, I am on facebook chatting with a good friend (who’s celebrating her birthday today!! Happy birthday mama!!!).  We are talking about how her daughter is suffering from a skin condition, and is not getting any better.  She has seen her doctor, a dermatologist, an allergist, has been on steroids, creams, the list goes on and on I am sure.  And guess what? Right now nothing is working.  The poor kid is so upset.  Which breaks my heart.  It would break any mothers heart. My friends child is such a beautiful child, but she thinks she’s ugly because of this skin condition. As a mother, when you can’t help your child, and the medical community isn’t helping your child, you feel like crap, plain and simple.  More than crap.  There are no words to describe how you feel. As I ask her question after question, I start to wonder what she is eating, and whether or not she is eating organically.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I have been someone who has favored organic eating for quite some time.  I don’t want unknown foreign substances in my body, or in the bodies of my husband, children, or loved ones.  You don’t understand just how many additives, chemicals, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, GMO’s are in our food.  When we were young, we didn’t see THIS level of obesity, autism, food allergies, skin conditions, autoimmune disorders, cancers, diabetes, did we???? It’s scary, this world that we live in.  It’s scary to think that certain foods that are sold in other countries by companies that sell here as well (like Kraft) are not allowed to sell those products with some of the additives that they sell them here with.  That speaks volumes doesn’t it?  So, what’s in our food, and what do we do about it?  How do we fix this, and how do we help ourselves to become healthier? A few months ago, I read an amazing book about the food industry, and honestly it was an eye opener about what was REALLY going on.  I thought I knew it all, but I certainly did not.  I think this book is an important read for EVERYONE, but especially anyone who is suffering from any type of illness or medical condition:

indexThis book is available in paperback, as well as kindle on amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/They-Put-That-Food-Navigating/dp/1502715406/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1413641235&sr=8-1

Trust me when I tell you that you will be just as amazed as I was after you read this.  We need to do something people. We need to be healthier.  We can’t depend on the medical community to do it for us.  We have to do it for ourselves.  Taking control, and reinventing our healthcare is the first step!!

Water Kefir update!!!!

5 days ago, I started my water Kefir!  The first step was activating the kefir grains, which start out looking like little amber crystals.  The directions said to put the grains into a glass jar with 4 cups of sugar water.  So, that’s what I did.  Today was the day that I had to drain the water and start the water kefir that we will be drinking.  Below is a picture of the jar I started with and photographed the other day, and next to it is the fresh jar of sugar water that the Kefir will go in to for the next 24 to 48 hours.

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When I strained the kefir grains out of the first jar, they had turned into these white puffy grains that are now alive and active!  And they multiplied too!

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So now we wait until tomorrow night to see what it looks like!  After tomorrow night, I will start a second fermentation to flavor it and make it fizzy!!  I am turning into a full blown dork. Don’t be jealous!!  Stay tuned!!