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Islander
10-30-10, 08:17 AM
Maria Rodale (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maria-rodale)

CEO and Chairman of Rodale, Inc. and book author
Posted: October 20, 2010

This month, October, is Non-GMO Month. I find most people are really confused about what a GMO is and where GMOs are found. Some people tend to think that GMO seeds are similar to the type of hybridization that has been going on amongst gardeners for centuries. Not true (http://www.rodale.com/genetically-modified-seeds)! The type of genetic modification that happens to create GMO seeds involves the forceful insertion of things like E.coli genes or genes that produce glyphosphate (an herbicide) or cause Roundup resistance (allowing farmers to dump more Roundup onto the plants) into corn and soybeans and cotton.

GMOs exist for one reason only: for the chemical companies who make them to enable themselves to sell more chemicals to farmers (http://www.rodale.com/vandana-shiva). Do not, I repeat, do not fall for any marketing sales efforts that claim GMOs will help feed the world and save farmers from drought. It's a lie!!

And remember, as I write in Organic Manifesto, the only safety testing on humans or animals for GMOs is happening right now, on you, on your kids, and on farm animals around the world. Early results are showing everything from digestive failure to kidney and liver failure and accelerated aging. Terrible stuff.
Here are 10 ways to avoid GMOs:

1. Buy USDA-certified organic food. It is currently the only official way you can avoid GMOs, since GMOs are not allowed to be used according to USDA organic regulations. THANK YOU, GOVERNMENT! (For once!)

2. Avoid all nonorganic soy products like the plague. That means things like nonorganic veggie burgers, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and miso products.

3. Don't buy anything that claims to be "non-dairy" that isn't organic. Soy is used to create everything from Cool Whip to Coffee-Mate...in addition to the obvious non-dairy soy treats in your health-food store freezer. Yup, they are filled with GMOs, too.

4. Don't buy or eat anything with corn in it that isn't organic. That means corn chips, cereals with corn (or soy, for that matter), or even corn bread!

5. At all costs, eliminate high-fructose corn syrup (a.k.a. "corn sugar") from your diet. It is just an excuse for chemical companies to convince farmers they can keep growing GMO corn and poisoning you and your family.

6. Avoid biofuels and ethanol; they're a toxic GMO festival. No one seems to care if corn is poisoned if it's just going to drive our cars. Problem is, we are all being poisoned by it.

7. Don't buy any meat, fish, poultry, or eggs unless they're certified organic or from a farmer you completely trust. TIP: Ask farmers what they feed their animals when they aren't eating grass. If a farmer feeds her animals nonorganic food, it is most certainly filled with GMOs. Those GMOs are definitely harming the animals, and they are probably harming you...we won't know for sure until we all find out together, since we are all guinea pigs in this giant experiment.

8. Buy certified-organic cotton clothing, bedding, and towels. Again, it's the only way to be certain that you are not supporting GMOs. Even though you don't eat cotton (although cottonseed oil is a part of many processed foods, so technically, you may be eating it), you are still supporting a toxic, dangerous farming system.

9. Read! This GMO arena is constantly changing as the industry tries to sneak around consumers and farmers. Be vigilant, keep an eye out, and read whatever you can to try to stay informed.

10. TAKE ACTION! Ultimately, the only thing that can stop the GMO invasion is you. All of you. Write letters. Send petitions. Speak up. Demand change and demand organic!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maria-rodale/top-10-ways-to-avoid-gmos_b_769556.html

Woozie
12-13-10, 10:00 AM
Good list.


8. Buy certified-organic cotton clothing, bedding, and towels. Again, it's the only way to be certain that you are not supporting GMOs. Even though you don't eat cotton (although cottonseed oil is a part of many processed foods, so technically, you may be eating it), you are still supporting a toxic, dangerous farming system.
Not only cotton clothing, but what about GMO tampons? I either use certified organic tampons or a diva cup.

Reesacat
12-13-10, 10:17 AM
I hadn't thought of that-good point, Woozie.
That would avoid a lot of the chemicals they put in those products-the frangrances especially are very irritating to delicate skin.

Woozie
12-13-10, 11:10 AM
Yeah, seems weird to be putting all that toxic stuff into a delicate vijayjay.

Islander
12-13-10, 12:10 PM
I put all that toxic stuff into my delicate vijayjay for manymany years because I didn't know any better. The only alternative back then was the menstrual sponge which, believe me, you did not want to have to deal with in public restrooms. You'd walk out of the stall looking like you'd just committed homicide.

I was going to make a sardonic remark about what gets put in my hoo-ha these days but I don't want to scare off new members. :cool:

Woozie
12-13-10, 05:44 PM
ROFL!

Naw, it'd take an awful lot to scare me off. Nothing's sacred! :p

Islander
12-13-10, 06:24 PM
Well, the sorry truth is, having been without a man in my life for the past few years...OMG, it's been 8 years, and at my age, there's little hope for a Christmas Surprise...so the short answer is nada, nix, zero, or if you prefer, a big goose egg. Now if they could just get those to vibrate....

mellowsong
12-13-10, 07:05 PM
8. Buy certified-organic cotton clothing, bedding, and towels[/B]. Again, it's the only way to be certain that you are not supporting GMOs. Even though you don't eat cotton (although cottonseed oil is a part of many processed foods, so technically, you may be eating it), you are still supporting a toxic, dangerous farming system.


While I pretty much do all the others, this one is beyond me being on a fixed income. I am aware of the pesticide issue along with the GMO issue, but there's absolutely no way to do this. I priced organic towels at TJ Maxx and they were 2 1/2 times the price of regular cotton towels and about 1/2 the thickness. Sheets are at least double if not more. I've looked. Clothing, probably 3 to 5X regular prices (considering the rare times I buy new, it's at really cheap outlet stores). I totally understand why this stuff is so much more expensive, but that doesn't make it any more possible to do it. Unfortunate, but....

Islander
12-13-10, 08:32 PM
Mellow, I SO agree. I went on a search this fall, as some of you may remember, and gave up after picking my dentures off the floor. I did succeed in finding 100% cotton sheets last week at a local discount chain (not cheap crap, mostly seconds or last year's styles), 300 thread double set for $20. There was a sale on 400 thread, same price, at a Big Lots/Building 19/Chapter 11-type store 25 miles away; I could have spent the time and burned the gas only to find they were cotton/poly blend, or sold out of doubles, or had only hideous prints, or something, so I'm very happy. Of course I launder anything new and rinse everything twice, but these are lusciously soft & comfortable!

Woozie
12-13-10, 09:50 PM
Yeah, you pick your poisons, I say. No one can be 100% perfect.

Frankly, wearing cotton during the winter just doesn't cut it for me. I'm decked out in multiple layers of fleece, I'm so cold. Not good, but I make up for it in other ways.

Aaltrude
12-14-10, 01:09 AM
In winter I wear a lot of woollen garments and have merino to wear next to my skin.