October is GMO Awareness Month

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This month is almost over and I have not written about GMOs (genetically modified foods) yet. Shame on me! I am a huge opponent of anyone messing with our food supply, especially when they influence our politicians to get their way… meaning “making sure they make billions of dollars and do not have to tell consumers what they are doing.” Can you say deceptive advertising? How about unethical?  Hopefully, most of you know about them, but in case you don’t…

What are GMOs? To answer that question I will let Monsanto tell you in their own words. I swiped this directly off Monsanto’s website: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) – Plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs. In general, genes are taken (copied) from one organism that shows a desired trait and transferred into the genetic code of another organism.

Who and what is Monsanto?

Monsanto is one of the largest pharmaceutical and agricultural companies that produces genetically modified foods and seeds, drugs, chemicals, pesticides and herbicides. This multibillion dollar company has other branches in 100 different countries and is the main producer of genetically modified crops and seeds in the world.

Monsanto was declared the third most hated corporation in 2014. Why is that you ask?

In a Harris Poll this year measuring the “reputation quotient” of major companies, Monsanto ranked third-lowest, above BP (BP) and Bank of America (BAC) and just behind Halliburton (HAL). For much of its history it was a chemical company, producing compounds used in electrical equipment, adhesives, plastics, and paint. Some of those chemicals—DDT, Agent Orange, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)—have had long and controversial afterlife. The company is best known, however, as the face of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Next week voters in several states will decided whether or not GMO foods should be labeled. Monsanto, other chemical companies and the grocery manufacturers association are pouring millions of dollars into misleading and deceptive advertising to scare these people from voting yes. It worked in California two years ago and they are hoping it works again. If you think our government will do the right thing and have these foods labeled, forget it. Michael Taylor, the former vice president of Monsanto now runs our FDA. Who do you think he will side with? President Obama appointed him. Shame on him!

In the menu section of my blog  you can find companies who are GMO free. The only way we can make change is to vote with our wallets. It is up to each of to educate ourselves as to what is in our food.  The buck stops with each of us. There are many reputable websites who already did this for us as well. Here are a few:

Food Babe

Non-GMO Project

Institute for Responsible Technology

Before I forget here is a list of “natural” food companies who pretend to care about your health and also give millions to make sure you don’t know what you are eating. I stopped buying from these companies months ago and will never be their customers again. There are too many legitimate companies who deserve my dollars instead.

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Be Well and Be a Savvy Consumer,

Ingebird

Interviewed by Mr. Cui — the “Larry King” of China

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One never knows what’s just around the corner when it comes to this fantastic journey called “life”. If you told me five years ago I would be interviewed by a famous news person from China, I would have laughed at you.

Mr. Cui

Today I was one of three women interviewed by celebrity CCTV anchor, Cui Yongyuan.  Mr. Cui is considered to be the “Larry King” of China and has millions of viewers tune in to his shows. He is from Beijing and came to the United States to find out what regular Americans think about genetically modified foods (GMOs). From what I understand American pharmaceutical and pesticide companies have been weaving quite a web of deceit to Beijing officials. They are working on getting their foot in the door with their GMO products and are not in favor of telling their public about it, via labeling laws. China currently does label GMO ingredients and has recently refused the import of  GMO corn grown in the United States — but that doesn’t mean these corporations are working to change their minds.

The pharmaceutical companies are claiming that Americans have been eating genetically modified foods for at least twenty years and have no health problems as a result. So, Mr. Cui decided to come to the U.S. to see for himself.

We were chosen because of our activism and efforts to raise awareness about the effects of GMOs on our health. If you spend any amount of time with me, the subject of GMOs always comes up — by me. If I hadn’t eaten a steady diet (without my knowledge) of those toxic foods, I probably wouldn’t have to poop in a bag or use a walker to get around. I would not have gotten cancer. I have done hours of research about this subject and I know I am right and I am not the only one.

Am I angry about these companies throwing their weight around, spinning lies and paying off our politicians in order to increase their bottom line? Your damn right! We are told we live in a free market — but in order for that to work like its intended, we must be able to make an informed decision about our purchases.  My bottom line is that I have a right to know what I am eating.

Zen and Kathleen started Moms Across America after Prop 37, the “California Right to Know” initiative lost. We teamed up a few times in the past, marching in local parades and handing out flyers — getting the word out about GMOs to the unsuspecting public. I was honored to be among such strong women today. They have children with severe health issues linked to GMOs and after changing their families’ diets to fresh organic, those problems are almost gone. They know as well as me what’s hiding in our food and it’s making us sick.

Zen, Kathleen and myself are examples of what regular people can do when it comes to changing the world — you never know whose eye you’ll catch. It might be a celebrity news anchor from across the globe.

Peace and Good Health!

Inge