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Posted by Tammy Chapman on

I'm sure you all know something about GMO's.  I am not going to get on a bandwagon here, but I try to steer clear of anything with GMO's.  

GMO's are Genetically Modified Organisms.  Just that simple.  They came onto the scene about 20 years ago for 2 reasons.  So seeds wouldn't have to have applications of herbicides and to generate a pesticide in the plant tissues to kill pests (bugs that kill crops).  Great ideas, but there is not a GMO out there that occurs naturally.  One story I read said that this idea came about because of the famine in Ireland.  Sure, blame this freckle-faced, red-headed Irish girl!  Sometimes nature is not kind.  But I am not a proponent to mess with Mother Nature either!    

Several crops now are entirely GMO.  Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Sugar Beets, Cotton, Papaya, and to some extent, Alfalfa.  Most of these will not show up on your plate for dinner. BUT 80% of all processed food contains some source of GMO.  They show up as additives such as sugars, syrups, oils, and emulsifiers.  

Corn and Soy are the bulk ingredients in livestock feed.  Cattle, Pigs and Poultry are all affected.  In a nutshell, most of the animal products you eat depend on GMO's.  Dairy Cows are not as affected only because not all alfalfa is genetically modified.  Alfalfa is the prominent feed for Dairy Cows.  It isn't just affecting the meat you consume, it is now found in vegetables and salmon.  It is hard to shop without getting something with GMO.

What does this have to do with my bees?  Well, they call it "genetic drift".  What that means is that nature will find a way.  Most plants are pollinated by bees, birds and wind.  A field that is not using GMO seed can still be contaminated.  Which means the bees and birds are contaminated too.  Remember, this was engineered to kill bugs!  Is it safe for humans?

That is the big question.  The FDA, USDA and EPA are all testing narrow aspects of the effects of GMO's.   Most of this research is conducted and funded by the biotech industries who make the GMO's.  Sound like something you've heard about the big drug companies?  Same thing here folks.  The WHO (World Health Organization) says that each GMO should be tested on a case by case basis.  They cite the Round-Up debacle with Monsanto.  What that means is Glyphosate (now considered a carcinogenic) is in plant tissues, on and in our food, and a threat to farmers and consumers alike.

What do we do?  Well, until forces higher than me can figure out the consequences, I say our best option is LABELS!  I try to buy Organic (I know, not always correct labeling either) and now we have NON-GMO products.  This NON-GMO labeling is from a non-profit, third party that tests and verifies that from seed to shelf, that product contains no GMO's.  

With my health issues I don't eat out much, no "fast food" (ok, rarely), and I have learned not to use "processed" items.  Am I getting GMO'S?  Probably some.  But I try to avoid them as much as possible.  I have enough health problems without adding to it if I can stay clear.  It's work.  The picture here is of my Beef Stroganoff.  I used to use pre-packaged beef tips, already cooked, just heat.  EASY!  Now...I buy my own beef tips (grass fed if possible) or cut up my own beef tips.  I use fresh mushrooms, sautee my beef tips, a little organic tomato paste, beef broth, spices and of course, dairy free sour cream.  All over Brown Rice Pasta.  Sound terrible?  It's Not!  So good!  One of Tim & Nick's favorites.  It took us all awhile in the beginning to get used to this way of cooking and eating.  But it is healthier, and delicious, and yes...more expensive.  All I taste in processed food now is salt.  Yuk!

So, make your own decisions people.  But here is the take away today...READ LABELS!  Know what you are buying and make sure you are getting what you really want.

The bees thank you!  

Stay Safe, Stay Sane

All information contained here is from Farm Aid.  Visit www.farmaid.org/GMOs

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