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Okay, the Presidential Election is over. The holidays have begun. My blogging is really slacking…lol.. and well, sadly, Prop 37 didn’t make it… I’m so horrified to see my fellow Californians vote this down, just because they are uninformed… It would not cost any corporation more money than they threw at the “No” vote ad campaign on this prop to relabel their food. In fact, it wouldn’t cost them much at all… I’d venture to say it costs NOTHING! They spent untold millions on trying to prevent this from passing, and they succeeded in their ad campaign. The ads were so stupid, how could they have fooled so many people? Wow! Society really is a bunch of puppets controlled by the propaganda machine. Do we hear them complain when they put “New and Improved” or some other such nonsense on the labels? No! Because that gets us to buy their product, it’s called marketing! What’s “New and Improved” is usually their profit margin! It’s never GOOD FOR US! Yet they don’t complain about the millions they just spent to defeat Prop 37, or the millions they will be spending to fight it in Washinton. They can surely afford to change the label when they want to, but not if they have to do it… that doesn’t make sense. So, I guess California doesn’t get to be informed about what is in the food. Even though it might be killing us all, we apparently don’t care…. WOW!

Thankfully there are companies that are responsible enough to know that we want this sort of label on our food, regardless if it’s the law or not, and a list can be found at the NON-GMO PROJECT. You will find these products in stores, look for the label on the package.

This project is not a complete list of those that use no GMO’s and let you know about it on their labels. You will find other responsible companies do label their products that have NO-GMO’s, even if they are not using this Project’s label. So do as I tend to do.. READ THE LABELS!

WASHINGTON is trying to label GMO’s NOW! 

Please show your support to get GMO labeling onto products in the USA. It must be mandatory or we will all suffer from these corporations sneaking in whatever they want into our food supply! It’s been beat down in California, so we must do what we can to help Washington’s I-522 pass. ImageClick this graphic to read about I-522.

If you live in Washington I urge you to vote for this.

It’s so sad that California voted Prop 37 down. We have a right to know what is in our food and I am appalled at the stupidity of the general public here in California! I do hope that, even though this proposition was voted down, those of you that do care about your health and your children’s health will continue to read labels. You will also avoid GMO foods as much as possible! Here is a link to a PDF file that you can printout and use for reference. There is even an app for your phone that helps you carry it with you… visit True Food Now to get your shopping guide or link to the phone application. I have it and will use it more often now that Prop 37 has been taken from me.

The big corporations like Monsanto are spending millions and millions on false information ads in every state that tries to label GMO’s, just like they did here in California. They threaten to sue, and all sorts of things to keep their monopoly on food growing. It’s the ultimate in corporate greed.. to control food from seed to table.. The only ones that can put an end to this or at least give it a good kick down their throats are YOU AND I!

Stay informed, buy organic when possible, and help however you can to defeat these corporate maniacs!

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Hi Everyone! This month things are looking up for the GMO labeling fight, here in California! On July 11th the news hit that the GMO Labeling Law was put on the ballot for our vote in November this year! I was so pleased! You should be too! It gives us a chance to fight against GMO’s, by requiring labeling of our food that contains them! This gives the consumer the power to decide what we have in our food, instead of leaving it up to Monsanto and the biotech companies that are all trying to make FRANKENFOOD the only food we get to choose!

Prop 37 is the designation for the GMO Labeling Law. Polls have shown that about 90% of Californians want labeling. I sure hope that is true. A lot of people don’t even know what a GMO is! I know I didn’t, up until about 5 years ago. And when told about it I didn’t think anything of it. But after researching the topic myself, I am totally against them! So I am happy that we get to vote on this topic. More people are becoming aware of GMO’s and the hazards involved. This can be seen by the 1 million signatures turned in for this proposition to get placed on the ballot, when only 550 thousand were needed! Another sign of hope that this will pass!

It’s going to be an uphill battle, Monsanto and all opposed are supposedly getting a ton of money together for ads that will try to convince you that we don’t need labeling and that GMO’s are safe and not any different from a non-GMO food… Well I hope you don’t believe that bunch of hooey! We need to vote this in! I can’t stress that fact enough!

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GMO’s are already banned in 50 countries.. that should tell you something! Oh and ONLY ALASKA has a law on the books that bans the use of GMO Fish and Shellfish, which I think is awesome, but needs to be done in all states. Yes they are trying to make GMO FISH! Salmon to be exact… There are so many things that we don’t even know about unless it makes the news for some reason.. like GMO TREES. It’s really getting out of hand.

Info on the Trees!

http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=09-P13-00022&segmentID=2

READ This to get more info on Prop 37!

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/07/california-gmo-labeling-law-named-prop-37-for-november-ballots/

I am so glad that support for this is coming from Dr. Joseph Mercola, in Illinois!

Thank you Dr. Mercola!

Yes friends, today I wanted to share with you how to make your own Kombucha – RAW, ORGANIC and HEALTHY FOR YOU…. it’s so yummy!

First what is Kombucha? The simple answer is: It’s fermented Sweet Tea. Green or Black, or if you make it like mine – a combo of the two! So what’s the long answer? I’ll keep that simple too.. and you can find out more about Kombucha at this website: What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is healthy for you, it’s a bit vinegary and sweet at the same time. Actually quite tasty.

You can buy it at the store for around $5.00 for a 16oz bottle. That is what I used to do myself.. but that gets expensive! So I tried to find out how to make it. Well you can find a lot of info on this thing called a S.C.O.B.Y. otherwise known as a “Kombucha Mushroom”…. S.C.O.B.Y. is the more correct term….meaning “Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria & Yeast”, it has both beneficial bacteria and yeast in a delicate balance. The “mushroom” term comes from the way the thing feels, but it’s not a fungus.. so therefore not a mushroom! I prefer to say SCOBY too, cause it’s fun and people look at you like you’re nuts! Ha!

You can find SCOBY’s online for about $10 – $20, or you can find someone who makes Kombucha and get a “baby scoby” from them. The SCOBY’s are designated as Mothers and Babies!

I think that’s cute! Don’t you?

This is because EVERY batch of tea you make will produce a “baby” and you can give away the baby to someone who wants to make their own Kombucha. So far I have no babies!

You can also try to sell them online.. I looked and looked! I found a few people who had SCOBY’s for free but I couldn’t hook up with them in time to get one, usually cause of conflicting schedules. And when I did have the time to get one, the thing had already been scooped up by someone else looking for one!

Yes, they are getting more popular!

So, I decided to try to figure out how to create my own SCOBY. I was thinking if I can make a “Sourdough starter” by letting flour and water stand in the room and attract wild yeast from the air, maybe the SCOBY would appear like magic too! Of course this was not the case, but I ran across a site that just said to use a bottle of RAW, ORGANIC KOMBUCHA from the store… I was more than willing to try that!

Once you go looking for this stuff, you will notice all sorts of flavors that it comes in. You have to get the unflavored kind. (And once I get the hang of it, I plan to flavor a batch or two of my own.) Note.. flavoring happens AFTER the Kombucha is “brewed”, so you still have to make the standard Kombucha recipe first!

So I went to the store and bought my LAST $5.00 bottle of Kombucha.. but it was on sale, so it was around $3.50.. still… ha ha.. that’s the last one I plan to ever buy…

It seemed like a nice experiment to try, cost is low.. just some tea bags, about a gallon of water and a cup of sugar… what did I have to lose?

What I read is that it just takes a bit more time to get the finished Kombucha, because the SCOBY is not already formed, but there are traces of the SCOBY in the RAW drink, YAY!..

That was fine by me and I was stoked to try this, because my SCOBY hunt was getting annoying and taking forever.

I wanted Kombucha now!!!

I had already spent a month trying to get a SCOBY from someone.. and I almost ordered the overpriced one, from the web! Even thought of trying the local brewing supply to see if they had SCOBY’s for sale or not. But I found this other method!

So, I got my ingredients together for the big experiment and here is what I had….

WHAT’S NEEDED:

1 Gallon Sun Tea Jar w/ spikot
6 Tea bags ( 4 black and 2 green – this is my mix, but you can always change it up to whatever you want if that doesn’t turn out the way you like)
1 16oz bottle of RAW, ORGANIC UNFLAVORED KOMBUCHA (from the grocery store)
3 quarts of CLEAN WATER!  (use the purest you can get.. distilled is great)
STAINLESS STEEL SPOON
STAINLESS STEEL 4QT POT with LID!
Rubber band (long enough to fit around top of tea jar)
CHEESE CLOTH

HOW TO DO IT!

  • Put the water on to boil… once it boils, turn it off.
  • Add in the cup of organic sugar.and stir to dissolve.
  • Throw in the tea bags.
  • Set the pot aside with a lid on top to cool off to room temperature…

Perfect to start this at night and by morning you will be ready to start. As you can see in the picture I have my tea steeping in the sugar-water. 15 minutes is what most people do, but I want to get the most out of my tea bags so I let them cool in the water overnight and remove them in the morning. If you have tea bags with tags and strings on them, you should remove the tag, as it will just fall apart in the water. The strings are optionally removable!

I let the bottle of store-bought RAW, ORGANIC, UNFLAVORED Kombucha sit on the counter and warm to room temp. It sat out overnight also, right along side the tea. Kombucha needs a temperature of about 75 degrees F to ferment properly. So I wanted any mother material in the kombucha bottle to come out of dormancy. (The SCOBY will go dormant when placed in the fridge.) And caring for it is another topic! I have a way around the constant care that seems to be needed with most Kombucha recipes you will find online and I will explain that later.

Now when everything is cooled to room temp… around 70 to 80 degrees.. you can start the experiment.

  • Take the one gallon tea jar, clean it.  Don’t wash it with anti-bacterial soaps or anything like that, they will kill the SCOBY. Use old-fashioned SOAP and water, then soak it in a sink full of water, with one cup of white vinegar added to it. Soak the jar for 15 minutes. This will sterilize the jar.  then soak in Vinegar for 15 minutes. You should also do this with any and all utensils or pots used in this experiment. We want successful attempts, so using stainless utensils and cookware is key. Remove the tea jar from the soak and let air dry. Don’t use a towel to speed drying you might get lint in your tea jar.
  • Add the store-bought bottle of Kombucha to the tea jar. Make sure it’s ORGANIC, RAW, UNFLAVORED KOMBUCHA.
  • Add sweet tea to the jar until it is almost full. I kept my level at just below the point where the jar starts to curve towards the lid. SCOBY’s need air to work, so the more surface area and oxygen that can get to it the better. Notice the level you see in the picture, this is as high as I think you should fill your jar, give the Kombucha at least 2 inches of space from the top.
  • Place the cheese cloth, folded in half, over the lid area.
  • Place the rubber band around the jar to hold the cloth in place. This keeps out any bugs and allows the SCOBY to breath and ferment the tea. It must have oxygen to work.
  • Place the jar in an area where it is warm, not hot or cold. I used my kitchen cabinet. You want to make sure it’s a place where the tea will not be disturbed.
  • Let it sit for about 2 to 3 weeks.

Drink any leftover sweet tea you have after you fill the jar! It’s great to have on a hot summer day!

If you look closely at this photo you will notice the little white things on top of the tea, this was my SCOBY starting to grow after about a week. I was curious as to what that was, because it was only in a small area of the jar.

Another 10 days and I had a full-blown SCOBY all the way across my tea jar! You can keep an eye on it and when it looks like it’s about a 1/4 inch thick I would say your tea is done… You have to test it to see if you like it, some people ferment it fewer days and some more.. depends on your how you like it…. Fewer days will result in a much sweeter drink, and longer days will result in a more acidic or vinegary drink..

I like it in between.

If you have bought Kombucha at the store and tried it, then you know what taste you are looking for. If you have never bought or tasted Kombucha, I suggest you go try a bottle of RAW, UNFLAVORED, ORGANIC KOMBUCHA for yourself. If you don’t think you can get used to the taste, then don’t waste your time making this. But if you like it, by all means, make your own!

In this picture you can see my SCOBY quite clearly! It is not mold on my tea, it’s a living, breathing colony of beneficial yeast and bacteria! Providing you with all sorts of probiotics and enzymes. So good for your gut flora! Also in this picture you can see that my jar has been drained of most of the tea that was in it. I used the old Kombucha bottles that I had been buying and retaining to fill and put them into the fridge so I have Kombucha to drink when I want. Those little 1/2 quart jars got to be a hassle, so now I just use big 1 qt Mason Jars to store my Kombucha!

Okay, so you have made your Kombucha and bottled it, and it’s all tasting fine… what to do about that remaining tea and that SCOBY?

STORAGE:

Two options:

Option #1:

One batch at a time method.

  • Rinse your hands in vinegar.
  • Remove the SCOBY from the jar and place in a resealable bag.
  • Add tea to the bag to give your SCOBY something to feed on while in storage.
  • Put in the fridge.
  • Take it out when you need to make a new batch.
  • Bring to room temp.
  • Make new batch, creates a baby.. store or give away. I’m also told you can feed them to animals or eat them yourself.. Not sure I want to try that!

Option #2

Continuous Brewing

  • Make new batch of Sweet Tea
  • Replace the Kombucha you harvested with the new tea.
  • Allow a few days for more Kombucha to be made…. repeat!

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I decided I did not want to hassle with taking it out and saving it in a plastic bag until my next batch.

No need to get another bottle of Kombucha from the store or try to revive your SCOBY from the cold, you simply add ROOM TEMPERATURE tea back into your jar, make sure to cover it with the cheesecloth again and let it sit a few days. It will not take as long because you already have active ingredients in the jar, so the SCOBY will get to work on that new batch of sweet tea immediately!

When I poured my new tea into my jar, I went as slow as I could, but my SCOBY sorta tilted in the jar, because it covers the entire top so you can’t help but hit it with your tea you are pouring in the jar. I went slow so as not to put a hole in it.. ha, but it’s a little funny looking.. I am told your SCOBY can be on top, sink to the bottom or be on its side and it will still work just fine!

I have made one additional batch with the SCOBY in this position, letting the tea sit only 5 or 6 days, and it worked great. I am ready to make my third batch this weekend!

I only have one quart left, so I better get to it!

Doing the continuous brewing method is actually more beneficial to you and the Kombucha.

There are more beneficial things that are created the longer the tea brews, so continuous brewing your tea will give you these additional benefits.

Kombucha takes a few weeks to create at first, but a new batch can be made quite quickly after that, and you may want to use a bigger size jar for yours, 2 or 3 gallons. Just pump up the recipe with the same proportion of sugar to tea.

All you have to keep on doing is making sweet tea each week and enjoy your healthy Kombucha… Read more about it.. you’ll be really excited of all the benefits it actually provides.

Enjoy!

Brown rice.

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!

I have enjoyed my mini vacation this past month, but now it’s time to get back to work and keep blogging. Today I wanted to just talk about what I am doing today.

I am making Organic Rice Milk from scratch.

Using organic brown rice, clean reverse osmosis water, some powdered kelp, and sea salt. That’s pretty much the ingredients, aside from some flavorings (cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla). It’s on the stove simmering for the next three hours. I will post the recipe on my recipe section later today. I always like to try out recipes before I actually post them, so if this doesn’t work out I may not post it until I get a good tasting recipe. I wouldn’t want to give you a recipe that doesn’t work, or that I have not tried myself. Sometimes I find a recipe but it needs to be altered, so I work on changing amounts, use a substitute organic ingredient, or add something to it to make it better…. in my opinion of course!

Why rice milk

Main reason is that I need to get off of dairy products because dairy apparently promotes snoring, especially if you drink or eat it right before bed. It promotes mucous creation, so it clogs you up.  I actually have sleep apnea, so I am trying to limit any factors that make me snore.

Rice milk is very inexpensive to make. Why pay three dollars or more per half gallon, when you can make it at home for the cost of a half cup to a cup of rice? What’s that cost? I’d say 30 cents in rice, and depending on where you get your water another 0- 15 cents for a half gallon. Even if you buy organic brown rice, like I do, the cost is still minimal. I feel these companies that are making rice milk are ripping us off. I can see paying a bit more for a nut milk just because nuts are pricey and so are a bit more expensive to make. I am sure you can still produce a nut (almond, flax, coconut, sunflower, brazil nuts… etc.. ) milk cheaper than buying it though. Most of the product is water anyhow, so what are you really paying for in the first place? Flavored water, that’s what!

Oh! Let’s not forget all the special additives that they put in it, to give it the consistency of cows milk (1 or 2%). Soy Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, sweeteners, potassium citrate, carrageenan, calcium carbonate, artificial flavors, artificial colors and maybe a few vitamins. It’s a GMO nightmare. The rice milk I am making only adds cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla extract to flavor it. You should try to find organic spices, but since there are not any genetically modified spices, normal ones will do if you want to keep the costs down. Vanilla extract being the most expensive item in the list.. not much is needed though.

I still think that making a half gallon for under a buck is better than buying some GMO infested product off the shelf, just for the ease and convienence of having it premade. Hopefully there are some non-GMO brands on the shelves, I have not seen one yet. This is why I chose to make my own. I hope that this experiment will turn out well. Look for the recipe later today to be posted in the recipe section.

Ok aside from cost and GMO’s, rice milk has some health benefits: It is low in cholesterol, can help you in losing weight, it’s naturally sweet – so the maple syrup can be an optional item, boosts your immune system and can be good for your heart. See this article for more info: Benefits of Rice Milk. You can research more on your own.

I’m excited to try this out. Do look for the recipe to be posted later today or tomorrow.

Again, Happy New Year to you all! May you have a great GMO free year!

Remember to sign the petitions to label GMO’s if you live in California. You will see people everywhere trying to get signatures, please sign it! We need this to be a law so that we know what is in our food! I feel we have a right to know!

Enjoy the holidays

So.. it’s a few days after Christmas. I know you all ate food you know you shouldn’t have! GMO or not. It’s very hard to avoid at this time of the year. Cakes, puddings, candy, pies, breads, meats, salads and all sorts of interesting Christmas fair are abundant during the holidays. It’s very hard to avoid at a family get together, with this type of food, unless you brought everything you were going to eat yourself, you probably had to eat something that was laced with GMOs. I brought an organic salad to my family gathering. It was a hit, even got a few compliments! I try to bring my organic recipes to my family gatherings to entice my family to eat better. Probably falling on deaf ears though, but at least I know I am doing my body good.

If you did partake of the wonderful goodies your family prepared, that’s probably ok. Just be aware of how much processed food you eat, and the fact that most processed food contains some sort of GMO ingredient. You know most people are not making these goodies from scratch, where the ingredients may or may not be organic, but more than likely it’s coming from a box.

It’s time to get back to the all organic foods you should be eating.

If you had an all organic Christmas, that’s awesome!

Now the sad thing is, no matter how much you care about your family, convincing them to switch to all organic is hard. If your family is like mine, well, they don’t seem to care if the food they eat is organic or not. No matter how much I preach to them, they just give me that line; “We are all going to die anyway!” LOL, yes, but why make it a horrible and painful one? Oh well, I guess I will be the only one without some form of ailment that GMO’s can possibly cause.

Most of us in the USA do ingest GMOs, but limiting your exposure at least can be helpful. Read your food labels, use the NO GMO SHOPPING GUIDE. Download it, print it, and take it with you to the store… read the labels, compare to the list, and you will be wanting to buy nothing but Organic. Or at least wanting your food to have as few GMOs as possible! I doubt at this point that we can all avoid GMOs, but we can sure try our best to avoid them as much as possible, by using the guide religiously!

Cutting down on buying GMO products them will do two things! One, you’ll be healthier and have fewer ailments that are possibly linked to GMOs. And two, send a message to the food industry that we don’t want them in our food. I support the LABEL GMOS effort here in California! The effort is to get the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act  put on the ballot. If it gets on the ballot we will have a chance to get them to pass legislation that will require food manufacturers that use GMOs to let us know they are in our food. This will be huge! If it passes, and I surely hope it does, it will really send the food industry a message when consumers that are informed stop buying their frankenfood! I hope, if you live in California, that you will soon seek out the people that are trying to collect signatures and sign the petition! I also hope that once it’s on the ballot that you will vote in favor of getting our food labeled properly. I want to see food at the store that says “CONTAINS GMOS”! I will not buy these products and it will make it so much easier for me to shop and not have to read every ingredient list and refer to the NO GMO SHOPPING GUIDE as much! I am looking forward to that day!

I hope everyone had a nice holiday season. I wish you a Happy “No GMO” New Year!

GMO crops

Look for this label to verify non-GMO ingredients. This is a voluntary labeling system, verified by the www.nongmoproject.org, it will suffice until we get mandatory labeling for GMOs in our food products.

Let’s talk about the most common GMO crops in the USA. There are a few main ones that make it into almost every food product we eat! Especially, if it’s processed, found in a box or prepacking of any sort! Avoid them as much as you can by using the NON-GMO SHOPPING GUIDE. An up-to-date list of all things GMO related. They have a nice long listing of items to watch out for and tell you what to buy! Check it out!

The only way to really get rid of these GMO crops (and I am not sure we can ever get them totally eradicated) is to speak with our buying dollars! If you refuse to purchase items with GMO’s in them, sooner or later they will be eliminated… slowly of course!

Anyway, let me talk about a few of the top crops! Which are soybeans, corn, cotton and alfalfa.

SOYBEANS

GMO Soybeans are grown in 93% of the soybean crop acreage that we have in the USA. That’s scary! That’s too close to 100% for me!

Soy, in all its forms, is in almost everything we eat these days. It’s touted as being healthy and good for us by the food industry. I feel it’s the worst food on the planet and should be avoided at all costs. Even organic soy is not good for you, unless it’s fermented. It has carcinogens naturally, unless fermented.

It’s a very versatile bean! We can make oil, milk and a number of other products from it. Soybean oil, for example, is used for all salad dressings and mayonnaise products that I can find in the stores these days. I have yet to find one without it, that bothers me, so I revert to making my own sauces at home when I need them! Also, it seems that every fast food restaurant is frying (carcinogenic) your food in this GMO infested oil.

I suggest you stay clear of fast food and cook at home as much as you can. Preparing meals in advance is a good idea. Eating raw veggies and fruits is a better idea. More about that in a future blog!

Soy lecithin is used in many products also, again it’s GMO. Unless it says organic soy lecithin. Try to avoid products with non-organic soy lecithin if you can. Read your product labels.

Soy milk should be avoided too. There are other non-dairy options like almond milk, coconut milk or flax milk.

This is a tragedy that soybeans have been almost 100% genetically modified in the USA. I fear they will soon be 100% in the near future. GMO seeds cross contaminate organic farmland and are spread by natural causes, like the wind. We must stop this from happening any way that we can.

CORN

At least 86% of all USA corn is genetically modified. Corn and corn bi-products are also in almost everything prepacked from the market. Manufacturers have put corn into so many forms and into so many products, it’s insane, most of it is GMO.

Corn syrup, corn flakes, corn starch, corn sugar (dextrose), corn puffs, popcorn, corn chips, tortillas, tortilla chips and many other cereals and products. Just read your food labels to see how often corn shows up in your food. Corn is everywhere, its even used as fuel for your cars (which is a whole other concern). You can’t get away from it, but you can choose to make sure the corn you ingest is non-GMO. Another major problem with corn is that it’s used for animal feed. If that feed is made with GMO corn, then it will be in the meat you eat. This is where it gets a little complicated to make sure you are not consuming any GMOs. Because, if the animal consumed it, and you consume that animal, then you have those GMOs inside of you. Our best bet is to minimize our exposure as much we you can!

Another scary issue is that Monsanto is currently trying to get GMO sweet corn approved. We must fight this, join the fight. Sign this petition!

We must purge our food system of this GMO product, and all others!

COTTON

You may ask cotton? Yes, Cottonseed oil is a GMO product! So are the clothes you are probably wearing! Yes, ugh that’s true! In my “Informative Products” section you will find a few links for Organic Cotton Clothing and other linens!

Cotton isn’t something we eat, but the cottonseed oil is and it’s in quite a few things! In fact, it’s the third in volume in the USA, behind Corn and, of course, soybean oil. Kind of sad that all three of our leading oils are GMO!

So watch for it on your labels and choose only organic cottonseed oil.

ALFALFA

Now this one just got approved for use in the USA, despite a lot of opposition! Which just means we have to fight harder and get more people like those that choose to read my blog to speak out about things like this!

The scary thing about the alfalfa getting approved is that it is used for animal feed. Again the meat you eat is only as good as the things they eat. If it’s GMO food they are eating, well then that animal is going to pass those GMOs onto you!

I’ve read that alfalfa is a herbicide free crop, so why did they GMO it? Just so that Monsanto can have a patent on the seeds, that’s why! It’s crazy, these guys want to control our food supply from seed to you! And we end up being the guinea pigs in the end. They say it’s safe, but so did the tobacco companies, and look what happened with them!

SALMON

Yep, that’s right they are GMOing Salmon! The GMO salmon can grow in half the time, so this makes it more profitable for the fish farms! I say so what! What’s wrong with the way they do it now? So it takes a fish it’s normal time to be ready to eat, who cares? I want a fish that is a fish and not some Frankenfish! We need to stop this crazy cycle of genetically modifying anything that we eat!

What happens if one of these fish gets out into the real world? Our real fish will be contaminated by this GMO DNA altered fish, which will pass on that DNA to it’s offspring, and we know fish usually have a lot of offspring, and the world will be overrun with fish that are out of control. Please watch this short video on YouTube: Frankenfish

There are many other crops that are GMO, like canola and sugar beets. Research your food!

In today’s GMO filled food world, we have very few choices. You can try to eat right by buying “Natural” products, but anything with this label is pretty much a waste because there are no standards for what is considered “Natural”! Don’t be fooled by that hype! Frito Lay was just sued over this type of misleading marketing! Click here to read about Frito Lay getting sued!

Now with Organic food there are actually labels that the manufacturers can put on their products to certify that they are organic. I am sure there is some margin for error, but for the most part these products should be 95% or more organic. That’s not bad compared to whatever else is out there! Although I would prefer it was 100%! Buying products with this label on them is your best bet!

Take a look at how the government classifies our food!

Now those of you that think organic food is costly and you can’t afford it… well ask yourself what is more costly? The food you eat today, or the medical problems you will probably have in the future? And I am not talking the distant future, because we all are susceptible to disease and harm to our bodies. It takes more time for some than it does for others to show symptoms of any disease. We are not all going to automatically get cancer at age 50, some will, some won’t and some already have! It’s a crap shoot when it comes to disease, but why should you risk making your chances higher by eating something that is not real food? GMO products are not real food, they have been altered.

Organic food prices will come down if we start buying more of them. It’s good for the land, it’s sustainable, and good for you. The vitamins and minerals in organically grown food is much higher than the processed garbage we are fed today. Organic food even tastes better!  I’ve heard that cows, given the choice between GMO feed and organic feed, can make the choice to eat the organic feed.. and they can’t even read. But they have a sense that tells them not to eat that garbage, yet that is what they feed most cattle that turns into your burgers and steaks. Therefore, the GMOs are in you. Free range cattle, eggs and chickens themselves are the best way to go.

I paid $12 the other day for a free range whole chicken, but I could have had a factory farmed one for about $8. We ate it tonight! That little extra I spent to me is worth the expense, because I hope that chicken got to eat bugs and grass like it was meant to and not some GMO corn laced chicken feed with growth hormones in it.. Although the standards on these things still are not as stringent as they should be, at least we have some sort of classification system. The only reason it’s more expensive is because there are not as many chickens being raised in a free range situation as there are chicken houses that mass produce chickens like they were widgets. It’s gross, it’s inhumane and it’s not something I want to eat anymore! The bad thing is that they can classify the type of egg laid by a chicken that stays in a building as cage free. Cage free doesn’t mean they had access to the outdoors.

I did enjoy eating that free range chicken tonight, with the piece of mind that I am doing my body good. Trying to stay GMO free is almost impossible, but you have got to reduce your consumption of GMOs at all costs. Find out what has GMOs in it! Use the guide found on http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/ it provides you with up to date information. You have to start someplace, it might as well be here! It is also a good site to educate yourself about GMOs, check out their entire site.

Thanks for your attention,

No GMO Joe