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What is GMO and why does it have so many people up in arms? More importantly, what can you do to protect you and your families health from GMOs?
GMO is a term we see over and over again in the food news. It stands for genetically modified organism or genetically engineered organism. According to wikapedia, "material (seeds) have 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. GMOs are the constituents of genetically modified foods." I spoke with the owner of one of the major seed companies in the Midwest who produce GMO seeds and distribute them all over the world. He explained the importance of GMO seeds for food production in countries where starvation is a majore issue, such as India, Peru and China. The original idea was to engineer a seed that was nearly indestructible and would therefore produce food even under extreme weather conditions of drought, heavy rains, or poor soil. As I listened to him, I could see the advantages of this scientific wonder. However, there is the flip side to this coin. When someone starts messing with nature and especially DNA sequencing there are risks involved. The risk we as humans are involved in is ingesting large amounts of this food that then begins to effect our cells and eventually our DNA sequencing. You see this idea of out smarting mother nature took hold and is now used with seeds all over the world including out homeland. And since, we are what we eat, we need to be careful of the food we purchase. Rather than go into extensive reasons why you might want to say "NO!" to GMO I will refer you to http://www.saynotogmos.org/. They discuss why this solution will not feed the world but also explain about the safety, or lack thereof, of GMO foods. What I would like to focus on here today, is where you can look for healthier alternatives to food purchasing so you can avoid GMO foods. Right now there is little regulations or requirements for companies to inform the public if they are using GMO in their production of food. Therefore, buying local is a safe way to avoid the pitfalls of non-disclosure. The following sites will not only give you ideas of local farms, farmers markets (some are year round), and stores, but also include restaurants, and bed and breakfasts that serve healthy non-GMO foods. http://www.localharvest.org/ gives information on CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, as well as a data base accessible through a zip code or city/state entry to local farms and farmers markets. http://www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?pd=Home goes beyond farms and farmer's markets to give you restaurants and bed and breakfast establishments that support CSA and non GMO foods. Again these are accessible by zip code or city and mile radius you are willing to drive. http://buylocalfood.org/page.php?id=193&PHPSESSID=1bb2e6521ac3da9eb552cfd123756fee is a great source for eating local year round.....even in the winter. It also includes delivery sources and recipe suggestions. Hopefully you will take a few minutes to browse these websites getting ideas and suggestions for switching over to a healthy and locally supported way of eating.