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A couple of weeks ago I was browsing google for ideas to get more involved with education and nutrition and I came across City Green Farms. (http://www.citygreenonline.org/) They offer internships for college students during the spring and fall. What better way to get involved with my community and help spread the word about GMOs, health, and nutrition than to physically farm it myself. I applied and luckily got accepted! What’s really great about this internship is that it enables me to farm, teach classes, design recipes, and set up farmers markets in low income communities. I’ll be able to educate children as well as adults on proper health and nutrition. It’s the whole package! I’m super excited and ready to see where this takes me. Here are some pictures from this morning.

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“Life begins once your out of your comfort zone.”

 

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A good friend of mine sent me this picture and it reminded me of my post back in April about the Monsanto Protection Act. It still blows my mind.

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https://lilysway.com/2013/04/04/the-monsanto-protection-act/

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Hungary won’t tolerate GMO seeds, burns 1,000 acres of corn.

“Although environmentalists might at first argue about the ramifications of burning so much organic matter right out in the open, the deeper truth is that  genetic pollution  poses a vastly more serious threat to our world, and burning GM corn is the one sure way to destroy the poisonous genetic code contained in plant tissues. In fact, I hope to see the day when the U.S. courts order the destruction of all GM corn fields across America. And I suspect that if the courts won’t rise to the occasion, the People will sooner or later find a way to get it done on their own. Think “Army of the 12 Monkeys” but with a GMO slant.”-Mike Adams

Couldn’t agree more. Here’s ANOTHER wake up call for America!

gmos‘March Against Monsanto’ Protesters Rally Against U.S. Seed Giant And GMO Products

You might have heard the term “Frankenstein foods” or “GMOs” being used a lot to describe the foods we are eating but don’t really know what it all means. A majority of people I talk to either aren’t aware of what GMOs are or have heard about it but don’t know too much about it. It’s a hot topic and what people don’t realize is that nearly 30 countries have banned imports, distribution, sale, and utilization of genetically modified crops. Some areas that have banned GMOs are:

  • Germany
  • Asia
  • Brazil
  • Europe
  • The Middle East
  • Australia
  • Peru

The majority of foods American’s consume contain genetically modified organisms. More than 70% of our packaged food in super markets contains GMO substances. So what exactly are GMOs and how do they affect our health? According to the non GMO project, “GMOs are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.”

(http://seedfreedom.in/learn/what-is-a-gmo/)

So what exactly does this mean to the average person who knows nothing about GE foods and food safety regulations? There is growing evidence that GE crops are causing environmental damage, serious health complications, and it’s a violation of our consumer rights. The main controversy surrounding GMOs is its unknown effect on human health. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) stated that, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food.” Such health risks include:

  • Infertility
  • Immune problems
  • Allergies
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Accelerated aging
  • Faulty insulin regulation
  • Changes in major organs
  • Gastrointestinal issues

What can we do to prevent getting these serious conditions? First and foremost is putting a label on all products that contain GMOs in it. We have a right to know what is in our foods. Once we know what foods contain genetically modified organisms we can stop purchasing them or at least have the option to pick and choose what we are consuming. By providing a label food companies will begin to notice a drastic reduction in their profits and will be left with no other choice but to stop buying GMO ingredients that they put in their products.  We can also support our local farmers by buying our produce from farmers markets, most of which do not contain GMOs. Purchasing fruits and vegetables from local farmers can help them stay in business and prevent biotech companies from serving us poison. It is very important that we all as a group become more educated about this. If we can start spreading the word and gaining interest we can prevent more GE foods from being made which will result in a healthier lifestyle!

For more information and ways to get involved check out some of these websites:

http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/

http://www.naturalnews.com/GMOs.html

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/10-Reasons-to-Avoid-GMOs

http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/about-gmos.html

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Recently, I was reading an article I came across on National Public Radio (NPR) about European Cows Vs. American Cows. Although not surprisingly, my mind was absolutely blown to see the glaring difference between the meticulous levels Europeans take to raise and sell their livestock, compared to the mass marketed standard American industrial cow produced through synthetic hormones and CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation).

The article elaborates on one Michel Baudot, a French farmer and the process with which European livestock is raised and their beef procured. With the exception of winter, these cows are grass fed and are free to roam virtually their entire lifespan. What I found amazing was everything from where they were born, what they are fed, how much they weigh, and so forth is all recorded throughout their lives. When the final product is sold at the supermarket, the sticker on the meat package is there to tell you the respective farm the beef came from. Not only does this make it easier to track if something were to ever go wrong from a government standpoint, but also awards we the consumer the right to know where what we’re eating came from.

The vast majority of American cows on the other hand, are only grass fed for the first few months following their birth. After this they are thrusted into the harsh reality of CAFOs, essentially feedlot facilities where they are penned in with sometimes up to thousands of other cows in an unhealthy environment where they are fed corn and injected synthetic hormones to optimize their production worth. It is sad that a majority of the American public is simply unaware or pays a blatant disregard to the fact that these hormones and CAFO’s are not only making the animals many times unnaturally bigger than they should be and compromising their health, but that we are also put ourselves’ at risk.

From a business perspective, I understand why American producers want to bulk up their cows: create a high volume product with limited effort and receive the cash reward. However, doing so at the expense of the overall health of our population and environment is shortsighted to say the least. I’m sure we’ve all heard the term “quantity over quality.” I’ll end the article on that note and let you decide how you want to spend your ‘cheddar’ on beef.

Google CAFO’s to get more information and check out other related articles on NPR.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113314725

http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/food_and_agriculture/cafo_issue-briefing-low-res.pdf