What?! Prop 37 Defeated!

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Today I am in shock. Prop 37, which would have required labeling all products that contain GMOs, did not pass in California. I thought for sure it would have easily passed. It seems like it would be common sense to want to know what we are eating. Today I feel an odd sense of disillusionment (I thought more people cared about what they ate), anger (I hate that a 46 MILLION dollar advertising campaign could completely mislead people and convince them voting against Prop 37 would be a good idea), and sadness (I am sad that people are exposed to and consume GMOs. How many adverse health effects will people need to experience/witness before they recognize there is a problem with GM food?). However, hats off to all those in California who so diligently fought to have Prop 37 on the ballot and have GMOs labeled. Even though Prop 37 was defeated, at the very least it drew nationwide attention to this very important issue.

The food we eat has an incredible impact on our physical and emotional well-being. If you have never looked into GMOs and their potential effects, I strongly suggest you do so. Below you will find links to a few recent studies and articles that discuss some of the harmful effects of GMOs. Many countries already require GMO labeling or ban GMOs entirely. Hopefully, one day soon, Americans will start to see requirements for labeling of GMO products. Until then, let’s continue to raise awareness for this very important issue and continue to vote the best way possible- with our dollar.

It has been over a year now since our family decided to stop purchasing any genetically modified products (at least that we are aware of). Even over the past year of buying primarily from the farmer’s market and/or only organic produce at the grocery store, we have seen a significant increase in the organic produce options available for purchase from our mainstream grocery store. Additionally, we are seeing more and more area farmers offer CSAs and produce that is non-GMO. Perhaps a law will never need to be passed outlawing GMOs or requiring GMO labeling. Perhaps if we all just stop buying products we know are genetically modified, the large corporations will get the message that we have no interest in buying their products.

Here are a few recently published studies and articles on the effects of GMOs.


Food Censorship

Yesterday I received two emails that sent my mind spinning for the entire day. One email led to an article that discussed a link between miscarriage and the H1N1 vaccine (click here to access this article), while the other discussed sodium benzoate and its harmful effects (allergies, Parkinson’s, and hyperactivity among others). Click here to read this second article. Both articles discussed how regulatory agencies (CDC, FDA, etc.) frequently ignore findings that reveal harmful effects (or at the very least correlations) of these two substances.

I find it infuriating that the agencies that are supposed to be looking out for our well-being blatantly ignore scientific evidence, often because of corporate interests and lobbyists. What a sinful, corrupt world we live in!

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, our oven is broken, so we’ve been buying store-bought baked goods more often than usual. Sometimes I get frustrated reading product labels. It’s easy for me to scan the listings for HFCS, but, often I see loads of other ingredients. I usually cannot pronounce these ingredients, and I have no idea why they are in the product or whether or not the ingredient is beneficial or harmful. Reading the product labels is overwhelming since I, like most Americans, am not educated about the meanings of all the various ingredients. I often catch myself wanting to just forgo reading the labels because of how overwhelmed I feel while I’m reading it.

Ryan said the other day, “A good rule of thumb is if there is an ingredient listed on the package that you can’t pronounce, don’t buy it! It’s not good for you!”

Despite being overwhelmed at times, we continue our voluntary food censorship. We are continuing to learn as much as we can about the different ingredients that our out there (mostly in processed foods). The more we learn, the more determined we become to do everything ourselves as much as possible within reason. It seems easier to do that than to research every commercially concocted ingredient in processed foods. I like having control over what is in our food. Of course this means I have to make most of it myself, but it’s better than the processed alternative and tastier too!