G.M.O.’s (Goods Most Offal)

      If you’re like me, I had heard the terminology of G.M.O.’s and knew the basic definition of G.M.O.’s but I hadn’t really given too  much time, thought, or energy into understanding what this topic is or how it impacts us all. SO…I’ll try and give some info on all this and hopefully it will get YOU to thinking!

     For those who don’t know, in a nutshell, G.M.O.s are genetically modified, mutated, or mutilated (depending on your view) substances. Wikipedia states that a G.M.O. is a,

 “Genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes. Transgenic organisms, a subset of GMOs, are organisms which have inserted DNA that originated in a different species.”

     Some examples of severely altered substances are; a species of corn that produces its own pesticide as it grows, a golden rice made from vitamins for use in countries where the populace is malnourished and/or poor, and  tomatoes spliced with flounder DNA producing tomatoes that can withstand cold temperatures.

     According to Jeffrey Smith, a leading G.M.O. expert,  http://www.newswithviews.com/Smith/jeffrey.htm, every human in the world should be horrified that G.M.O.s are not being labeled in our foods, that this playing “God” is going to come back and bite us in the ass, and we need to gain knowledge and use that knowledge to stop this organismistic tampering now. For those of you wanting more information and to learn about some of the political prostituting involving G.M.O.s, here’s a good website to start with; http://truefoodnow.org.

     Before you swallow, did you know that 40% of the foods found and purchased by you in the grocery store have G.M.O.s in it! This occurs do to… 

  Government + Greedy Politicians + Big Businesses =

                                      NO LABELING OF PRODUCTS  REQUIRED!

      Some examples of products found in stores that have been tested and found to have trace amounts of or more G.M.O.s are:

  • Fritos
  • Corn Flakes (General Mills & Kellogg’s)
  • Soy Baby Formula (Enfamil, Nestle Carnation, & Similac Isomil)
  • Granola Bars (Quaker Chewy & Nabisco Snackwell’s)
  • Ball Park Franks
  • Duncan Hines Cake Mix
  • Ultra Slim Fast
  • Alpo Dry Pet Food
  • Gardenburgers
  • Morning Star Farms products
  • Canola Oil

       Fresh Produce

  • Corn
  • Papaya
  • Potato
  • Soybeans
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes

     So…

              As the saying goes,

                                  “You are what you eat!”

                                                           Welcome to the Freak Show.

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4 Responses to “G.M.O.’s (Goods Most Offal)”

  1. Rita, I love your provocative writing style here. GOOD FOR YOU for enlightening yourself on this issue, and enlightening us in the process. I think this will be the focus of discussion tonight, so I’m looking forward to your thoughts– please do raise what you posted here!

  2. Brian Nichols Says:

    This is a very informative post. I had never thought that foods like Garden burgers or soy products could be considered GMO’s. Does this mean that my recent frequent shopping trips to Rainbow foods looking for butter substitutes is worse for my health rather than sticking with good old animal fat butter or the even cheaper margarine? Furthermore, I am someone who does read the ingredient labels on most of the food products that I buy, although it wasn’t until reading this post that I had actually known what the label non-GMO meant. For example, I have recently started using a butter substitute that goes by the brand name of Earth Balance. Although it is labeled non-GMO, I bought it mainly because it was made from soy products.
    I have also been eating a lot of garden burgers lately. When I went on line to find out if they were made from G.M.O soybeans, I found a press release claiming that the company, because of customer demand, had decided to begin using non-GMO soy. However, this statement also claimed that they would do so only if it was affordable to do so, “Statements in this press release about future events or performance are forward-looking statements that are necessarily subject to risk and uncertainty. The company’s actual results could be quite different” (Mindfully.org). This statement was released in Dec. 13 2000. I haven’t bought any garden burgers for a while but next time I’ll take the time to see in it is labeled non-GMO. From Garden Burger it seems that although costumers concerns are considered, it ultimately comes down to profit motive.

  3. Brian Nichols Says:

    This is a very informative post. I had never thought that foods like Garden burgers or soy products could be considered GMO’s. Does this mean that my recent frequent shopping trips to Rainbow foods looking for butter substitutes is worse for my health rather than sticking with good old animal fat butter or the even cheaper margarine? Furthermore, I am someone who does read the ingredient labels on most of the food products that I buy, although it wasn’t until reading this post that I had actually known what the label non-GMO meant. For example, I have recently started using a butter substitute that goes by the brand name of Earth Balance. Although it is labeled non-GMO, I bought it mainly because it was made from soy products.
    I have also been eating a lot of garden burgers. When I went on line to find out if they were made from G.M.O soybeans, I found a press release claiming that the company, because of customer demand, had decided to begin using non-GMO soy. However, this statement also claimed that they would do so only if it was affordable to do so, “Statements in this press release about future events or performance are forward-looking statements that are necessarily subject to risk and uncertainty. The company’s actual results could be quite different” (Mindfully.org). This statement was released in Dec. 13 2000. I haven’t bought any garden burgers for a while but next time I’ll take the time to see if it is labeled non-GMO. From Garden Burger it seems that although costumers concerns are considered, it ultimately comes down to profit motive.
    http://www.mindfully.org/GE/Gardenburger-Non-GMO.htm

  4. ajtriplett Says:

    No bees no food. It’s really that simple. I had this conversation with someone a few weeks ago, about the bees and how they are the key to food production. Bee colonies are collapsing all over the world—it isn’t just a US problem. With all of the GMO seeds, chemicals, and gene splicing that goes into them, it’s no wonder the bees are dying off by the masses. One interesting article I came across puts part of the honeybee death on terminator seeds. They are designed to produce only infertile seeds. Not only are farmers screwed because they can’t replant them, but the pollinator bees who collect from them are coming up with all kinds of digestive diseases and killing them. The lower intestine, which is normally a milky and opaque color, is now turning black. The bees digestive system is shutting down, killing them. 30-40% of our pollination relies on bees. If the bees die, our will the crops be pollinated in a lab? What else will they do to them? Ahhhh…. The bees are more than just an annoying stink, they are the key!

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