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Baby Carrots can be harmful?

Lisa Says:  This was a compelling article from WorldTruth.TV forwarded by Dr. Kim Balas, NP. When the carrots are given a chlorine bath, it doesn’t have to be listed because it’s part of manufaturing and not considerend an ingredient.  Read on…
Why Baby Carrots Are Killing You  
Source:  Angela Garrison    thealternativedaily
What could I possibly have against these [...]

Lisa Says:  This was a compelling article from WorldTruth.TV forwarded by Dr. Kim Balas, NP. When the carrots are given a chlorine bath, it doesn’t have to be listed because it’s part of manufaturing and not considerend an ingredient.  Read on…

Why Baby Carrots Are Killing You  

Source:  Angela Garrison    thealternativedaily

What could I possibly have against these cute little “healthy” snacks that can be found in school lunchboxes across America? It’s back to school time and baby carrots are one snack to keep out of your child’s lunch.

It may shock you that baby carrots do not come out of the ground that way. There is no little baby carrot garden where these are harvested. Manufactured baby carrots are a result of taking all the broken and “ugly” big carrots they can’t put in the package, grinding them all up, processing them into the “baby” carrots and giving them a bath in chlorine to give them a bright happy orange color. There are also “Cut & Peel” baby carrots that are whittled into a miniature form. Continue reading »

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Latest GMO Research: Decreased Fertility, Immunological Alterations and Allergies

Lisa Says:  The more that comes out about GMO’s, the more concerning it becomes.  Rex and I actively grow or purchase non-GMO foods.
by Dr. Gregory Damato, Ph.D., citizen journalist
(NaturalNews) Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are created through an inexact science of shooting genes spliced from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or humans with a .22 caliber pistol [...]

Lisa Says:  The more that comes out about GMO’s, the more concerning it becomes.  Rex and I actively grow or purchase non-GMO foods.

by Dr. Gregory Damato, Ph.D., citizen journalist

(NaturalNews) Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are created through an inexact science of shooting genes spliced from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or humans with a .22 caliber pistol into the DNA of plants or animals laced with a metal such as tungsten. This unsafe science ostensibly supplants millions of years of evolution with little or no scientific justification. In fact, recent research on GMO crops have reported yields to be between 4 to 20 percent less than conventional crops [1-6].

In the 1970’s when genetic engineered was pioneered, scientists believed the genome was static and genes could be altered in a uniform manner with the organism only expressing the one intended modification. As research progressed in the 1980’s, scientists scrapped the idea of the static genome and moved towards a dynamic genomic belief model. This came about from the realization that by inserting a new gene into a plant, a cascade of unintended consequences arose. Scientists found that there was no possible way to introduce a new gene into an organism and only get one intended result. The genes quickly changed based on a myriad of unknown circumstances that sometimes could not be repeated in the lab even though the exact same procedures were used. The levels of instability from these newly created organisms were overwhelming, but many scientists were silenced.

Safety has always been the number one priority of consumers when it comes to GMOs; antithetically, the seed companies’ only priority has been to increase profits at any expense. Therefore, it is no surprise that objective and unbiased researchers have recently added to the growing knowledge of the realities of the increased instability and unintended consequences regarding the long-term safety of GMOs. These researchers recently found clear links among the consumption of GM-corn and decreased fertility, immunological alterations in the gut and the exacerbation and creation of allergies.

Fertility in GM-Fed Mice
Scientists in Austria recently conducted the first ever long-term multi-generational feeding study of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) corn (NK 603 x MON 810) in mice [7]. The study consisted of two groups: an experimental group, which was fed a 33% GM corn (maize) feed, and a control group, which was fed an equivalent non-GM corn feed. The mice were allowed to live a natural life and were monitored for four generations. Scientists recorded organ weight, gene expression, body mass, metabolism, life span and number of offspring of both groups of mice. The scientists found that mice fed GM corn had significantly less pups per litter than the control group on the third and fourth generation. Furthermore, pups whose parents were fed GM-feed weighed less at birth and at weaning and experienced significantly higher mortality rates than those fed non-GM corn. Lead author of the study Professor Zentek reported that there was a direct link between the decrease in fertility and the GM diet and mice fed non-GM corn reproduced more efficiently.

Gene Expression in GM-Fed Mice
Using a microarray analysis, the scientists reported that 1016 genes had been differentially expressed in the mice fed GM corn with most being up-regulated. Essentially, the GM-fed mice had hundreds of their proteins, which are encoded by genes, expressed in an increased or decreased quantity, which as a corollary altered certain biological processes in their bodies. For example, sensory perception, ion transport and the ability to breakdown proteins (proteolysis) were down-regulated or under-expressed, while the ability of the mice to regulate T-cells (a primary immunological response especially in fighting cancer), circadian rhythm regulation and the FAS signalling pathway (which is a major pathway for cell apoptosis and is important in the elimination of cancers) were over-expressed. This study elucidates the fact that biologic damage from GMOs may not manifest until the third generation and details strong evidence for the mandatory labelling, and even more so for the mass extinction, of these highly dangerous and unnecessary foods.

Immunological Reactions in GM Fed Mice
Italian researchers at the National Institute of Nutrition in Rome, Italy, recently published a study examining the effects of a 50 percent GM-corn (maize) diet on the intestinal immune response of mice [8]. The GM-corn was known as Monsanto’s transgenic MON810 and was created using an inserted foreign DNA sequence from the bacteria, Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) designed to protect against a fungus known as the Fusarium species. The study was conducted over 30 and 90-day periods respectively, with mice from two groups, weaning age (mean of 21 days) and old age (mean of 15 months). The study evaluated the peripheral and intestinal immune response to long-term GM-corn and non-GM corn consumption of each group across the two periods. The young and old mice were used because of the lack of research on these subsets as well as their potential susceptibility to immunological changes, more so than non-aged adult animals.

The results of the long-term study revealed significant changes in the immunophenotype of the gut, spleen, circulating lymphocytes and the level of serum cytokines of the mice fed GM-corn. Immunophenotyping essentially determines the expression of proteins by the cells. Any differences in the expression of proteins between the control and the experimental groups would be attributable to the GM diet. Specifically, the researchers found an increased presence of several cytokines in the GM fed mice, which are specifically involved in inflammatory and allergic responses by the body. The researchers also found an increase in the protein expression of lymphocytes (TCRγδ+ population). Within this population, the γδT cells reside in the gut and are associated with regulatory elements of the immune response, specific to infectious agents [9-11]. Elevated amounts γδT cells have been found in asthmatics, children suffering from food allergies, gastrointestinal symptoms and juvenile arthritis [12]. The GM-fed mice also exhibited significant alterations in the number of T and B cells, indicating a significantly abnormal immune response to the genetically altered feed. Furthermore, other researchers have found a newly expressed protein from the consumption of GM corn (50 kDa γ-zein), which is a widely known allergenic protein [13]. In conclusion, from the newly presented research it is apparent that ingesting genetically engineered BT corn not only invokes an anaphylaxis (allergenic) response within the body, it also deregulates several proteins, inhibits fertility and alters the overall immunological response by the body. Clearly, Monsanto whose sole goal is to control the world through food, has a lot of explaining to do.

References

1. Benbrook, C.M. (1999). Evidence of the magnitude and consequences of the Roundup Ready soybean yield drag from university-based varietal trials in 1998. Ag BioTech InfoNet Technical Paper Number 1, www.biotech-info.net/RR_yield_drag_98.pdf
2. University of Nebraska (2000). ‘Research shows Roundup Ready soybeans yield less’, IANR News Service, www.biotechinfo.net/Roundup_soybeans_yi…
3. Griffiths, M. (1999). ‘The emperor’s transgenic clothes’, Are GMO lemmings in the US leading all of us over the biotechnology cliff? www.btinternet.com/~nlpwessex/Documents…
4. www.btinternet.com/~nlpwessex/Documents…
5. Oplinger, E.S., M.J. Martinka, & Schmitz, K.A. (1999) ‘Performance of transgenetic soybeans – Northern US’, presented to the ASTA Meetings, Chicago.
6. Reported in Farmers Weekly (UK), 4th December 1998. Clark, E.A. (1999) ‘10 reasons why
farmers should think twice before growing GE crops’, www.plant.uoguelph.ca/faculty/eclark/10…
7. Cyran, N. Gully, S., Handl, G., Hofstatter, F. Meyer, Skalicky, M., & Steinborn, R. (November 11, 2008). Biological effects of transgenic maize NK603xMON810 fed in long term reproduction studies in mice. Unpublished report: Institute fur Ernahrung, Austria.
8. Finamore, A., Roselli, M., Britti, S., Monastra, G., AMbra, R., & Mengheri, E. (In Press). Intestinal and peripheral immune response to MON810 maize ingestion in weaning and old mice. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.
9. Tsuchiya, T.; Fukuda, S.; Hamada, H.; Nakamura, A.; Kohama, Y.; Ishikawa, H.; Tsujikawa, K.; Yamamoto, H. Role of γδ T cells in the inflammatory response of experimental colitis mice. Journal of Immunology. 2003, 171, 5507–5513.
10. Groh, V., Steinle, A., Bauer, S., Spies, T. (1998). Recognition of stress induced MHC molecules by intestinal epithelial γδ T cells. Science, 279, 1737–1740.
11. Mombaerts, P., Arnoldi, J., Russ, F., Tonegawa, S., & Kaufmann, S. H. (1993). Different roles of R and γδ T cells in immunity against an intracellular bacterial pathogen. Nature, 365, 53–56.
12. Kokkonen, J., Arvonen, M., Va¨ha¨salo, P., & Karttunen, T. J. (2007). Intestinal immune activation in juvenile idiopathic arthritis and connective tissue
disease. Scandanavian Journal of Rheumatology, 36, 386–389.
13. Pasini, G., Simonato, B., Curioni, A., Vincenzi, S., Cristaudo, A., Santucci, B., Peruffo, A. D.; Giannattasio, M. (2002). IgE-mediated allergy to corn: a 50 kDa protein, belonging to the reduced soluble proteins, is a major allergen. Allergy, 57, 98–106.

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The Organic Advantage: A Nutritional Edge

Rex says:  Moving to organics after my cancer diagnosis was a no-brainer for us.  The majority of our food supplies are genetically modified foods (GMO’s) and chemically and pesticide laden, how is that what our body was designed to not just function, but flourish on?   We don’t eat EVERYthing organic (see the Dirty Dozen [...]

Rex says:  Moving to organics after my cancer diagnosis was a no-brainer for us.  The majority of our food supplies are genetically modified foods (GMO’s) and chemically and pesticide laden, how is that what our body was designed to not just function, but flourish on?   We don’t eat EVERYthing organic (see the Dirty Dozen List) but most.

by Stephanie Whited (see all articles by this author)

(NaturalNews) A recent UK government report found that chickens raised in the widespread, non-organic fashion, have a 23.4% chance of being contaminated with salmonella, a bacteria responsible for food poisoning. The chance of an organic flock having salmonella? Only 4.4%.

What’s the difference between how the chickens are raised?

Organic chickens must have “access to outdoor ranges and pasture, with an emphasis on enabling the animals to express their natural behaviour.” Sounds pretty reasonable.

The non-organic chickens are mostly housed in cages which allow each individual bird the space of a standard sheet of paper. Yes, the 8 1/2″ X 11″ kind. These birds are also given antibiotics, which not only help to create superbugs and weaken the birds’ immune systems, but they potentially have the same effect on you when you eat the chicken or its eggs.

So, non-organic animals are likely to be raised under harsh conditions and administered antibiotics and hormones (the run-off of which create mutated fish), but what about non-organic fruits and vegetables?

Non-organic fruits and vegetables are grown with synthetic pesticides and fertilizer. So what? Well, studies are showing that more than 90% of children in the US “have detectable residues of at least one neurotoxic pesticide in their urine.” Something is called neurotoxic when it is poisonous to your brain and nervous system.

Pesticides may also be changing our hormones and reproductive systems. They’ve been found to change the hormones of animals in tests and in the wild, and a lot of our systems are similar, so aren’t they probably hurting us too? Visit Mindfully.org for more details.

How can we avoid them? According to a study outlined in a 2003 Environmental Health Perspectives article, children “eating organic fruits and vegetables had six times lower levels of pesticide byproducts in their blood versus children eating conventional produce.

Anytime that pesticide is found on organic produce, it is either because pesticides have drifted from a nearby non-organic farm or the produce has been contaminated by “long-ago banned pesticides that linger in the environment.” So the effects of pesticide use are extremely long term!

Besides helping you to avoid dangerous pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones, choosing organics also supplies you with more nutrients. Those organically raised chickens we just discussed lay eggs which, according to a Mother Earth News, contain:

* 1/3 less cholesterol

* 1/4 less saturated fat

* 2/3 more vitamin A

* 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids

* 3 times more vitamin E

* 7 times more beta carotene

That’s a huge difference! Mindfully.org compared over 30 different studies and found that on average, organic food does have more nutrients than inorganic food. Organic food was found to be far superior in three areas: higher Vitamin C content, a lower content of carcinogenic nitrates and better protein quality (http://www.mindfully.org/Food/Organic-M…) . These are key areas to a higher immunity, avoiding cancer, and cell health. Protein is in every cell of the body!

Truth about the benefits of organic food is spreading. If organics are not in your area, you can use this list, compiled by the Environmental Working Group, which shows how many pesticides are likely to be on a given fruit or vegetable, so you can choose those with the least contamination (http://www.ewg.org/sites/foodnews/fulld…) .

While it is better to eat fruits and vegetables with pesticides instead of processed foods, those who eat organically will have a healthy advantage. Ask your local stores to buy organic!

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Why is soy included among the World's Healthiest Foods?

Lisa says:  GMO foods are entrenched in our food supply, they have been changed genetically and fill our body with junk DNA that it doesn’t know how to handle.  We certainly use soy, but make sure it’s organic.  If it doesn’t say organic, assume it’s a GMO.
As you know, our emphasis at the World’s [...]

Lisa says:  GMO foods are entrenched in our food supply, they have been changed genetically and fill our body with junk DNA that it doesn’t know how to handle.  We certainly use soy, but make sure it’s organic.  If it doesn’t say organic, assume it’s a GMO.

As you know, our emphasis at the World’s Healthiest Foods is on consumption of delicious-tasting, whole, natural foods that have traditionally been used in cuisines worldwide. Seafood (including fish and shellfish) certainly fall into this category and have always been prized foods in many cultural traditions throughout the world. We include soy as one of the World’s Healthiest Foods, and for good reason. It’s the most widely grown and utilized legume in the world (at approximately 210 million tons per year worldwide), with about 13,000 years of cultivation and over 5,000 research studies. There are studies that show soy to help regulate blood sugar, blood pressure, and estrogen balance. And there are studies showing soy intake to help prevent colon, breast, and prostate cancer as well as atherosclerosis and postmenopausal hip fracture. It’s seldom the case that a whole, natural food can be this widely used and studied for such a long period of time and be found to have a predominantly negative impact on our health. Read the full article…

Yet, like all foods, soy is not a “magic bullet.” It needs to be incorporated into a person’s Healthiest Way of Eating in a balanced and individualized way. I believe that soy needs to be eaten in moderation like it is in Asia where it has been linked with promoting health. In Japan, for example, individuals seldom consume large quantities of soy at one time as has often become the case with a “burger-replacement” type approach taken in the United States. The research makes it clear that when soy foods are consumed, traditional preparation methods-including the use of traditionally fermented soy products like fermented tofu, fermented miso, and fermented soy sauce-are best when it comes to our health.

At this point, no public health organization in the U.S.–including the National Cancer Institute, the American Heart Association and the American Dietetics–has created recommended daily intake goals for soy foods. In 1995 in Japan, with all soy food products taken into account, the average intake was 50-70 total grams per day (not grams of soy protein, but of the entire food), which would translate into approximately 2 ounces per day. This is less than the amount ordinarily used in the United States with respect to a single serving of soymilk and the amount of tofu in a stir-fry.

From an ecological standpoint, there are concerns about soybeans that are produced in a non “eco-friendly” way–including soybean production that involves destruction of millions of acres of tropical forest or savannah in South America. Although organically grown soybeans are not required to be produced in a sustainable manner, many organic growers do use sustainable methods, and I support those methods as a way of helping to ensure nourishing foods for generations to come.

Together with corn, soybeans are one of the most widely engineered food crops from a genetic standpoint. In the United States, over 90% of all soybeans produced have been genetically engineered in some way (usually for herbicide tolerance). Since certification of foods as organic is still prohibited if the foods have been genetically engineered, purchase of organic soybeans and soy products is an effective way to avoid consumption and promotion of genetically engineered beans.

If you would like to read more about soybeans, see page 594 in The World’s Healthiest Foods: Essential Guide for the Healthiest Way of Eating book or visit our website.

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List of GMO and Non-GMO food brands – The True Food Shopping Guide

Lisa Says:  The List is long so look at the categories below, and click on the link for the brand and product listing.  Very eyeopening !
http://www.truefoodnow.org/shoppersguide/guide_printable.html
The True Food Shopping Guide
Browse the Guide by category or start with baby food and scroll through the entire list!
   * baby food
    * baking
    * bread
    * breakfast
    * cereal
    [...]

Lisa Says:  The List is long so look at the categories below, and click on the link for the brand and product listing.  Very eyeopening !

http://www.truefoodnow.org/shoppersguide/guide_printable.html

The True Food Shopping Guide

Browse the Guide by category or start with baby food and scroll through the entire list!

   * baby food
    * baking
    * bread
    * breakfast
    * cereal
    * chocolate
    * condiments
    * cookies
    * crackers
    * frozen dinners
    * dressings & salad oils
    * energy bars & drinks
    * heat and serve meals
    * meat & dairy alternatives
    * meal mixes
    * frozen pizza
    * snack foods
    * sodas & juice
    * soup
    * tomatoes and tomato sauce

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The Most Evil Company on the Planet — Monsanto

Rex Says: Let’s use some Common Sense here people.  You can’t tamper with nature, and not get burned.
article from www.mercola.com
In an interview with The Real News Network, filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin discussed her recent film ‘The World According to Monsanto.’ The documentary exposes Monsanto’s controversial practices, which range from concealing knowledge of toxicity of PCBs to [...]

Rex Says: Let’s use some Common Sense here people.  You can’t tamper with nature, and not get burned.

article from www.mercola.com

In an interview with The Real News Network, filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin discussed her recent film ‘The World According to Monsanto.’ The documentary exposes Monsanto’s controversial practices, which range from concealing knowledge of toxicity of PCBs to producing genetically modified seeds and related herbicides.

A Monsanto declassified file stated that “we can’t afford to lose one dollar” to worries about PCB toxicity. This, Robin says, sums up Monsanto’s philosophy rather well.

Sources:
Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
Monsanto, the chemical manufacturer turned agricultural giant, is indeed gaining control over the world’s population, one seed at a time.

Marie-Monique Robin’s documentary “The World According to Monsanto” tells the whole story. It was actually aired on French television earlier this year, but if you live in the United States don’t expect this eye-opening expose to hit the mainstream press. Fortunately, I’ve posted the entire video so that everyone can see it.

And I believe it is one of the most important videos you could ever watch.

It may sound outrageous that a corporation could prevent farmers from reusing seeds produced after each harvest, as has been done since the beginning of agriculture, but this is already going on thanks to Monsanto.

Since the 1980s, Monsanto has become the world leader in genetic modification of seeds and has won 674 biotechnology patents, more than any other company.

But Monsanto is not only patenting their own GMO seeds. They have also succeeded in slapping patents on a huge number of crop seeds, patenting life forms for the first time — without a vote of the people or Congress.

Farmers who buy Monsanto’s Roundup Ready seeds are required to sign an agreement promising not to save the seeds or sell them to other farmers. The result? Farmers must buy new seeds every year, and they must buy them from Monsanto.

The Monsanto Mafia

Monsanto has actually hired an army of private investigators and agents to secretly videotape and photograph farmers that may attempt to reuse their seeds. These “seed police” as the farmers call them have infiltrated community meetings and attempted to pressure farmers into signing papers giving Monsanto access to their private records.

Quite fittingly, farmers have described Monsanto’s tactics as similar to the “Gestapo” and “Mafia.”

Monsanto has also considered using what’s known as terminator technology on a wide-scale basis. These are seeds that have been genetically modified to “self-destruct.” In other words, the seeds (and the forthcoming crops) are sterile, which means farmers must buy them again each year.

Yet, most farmers cannot afford to buy new seeds every year, so collecting and replanting seeds is a crucial part of the agricultural cycle. This is the way food has been grown successfully for thousands of years.

Further, the traits from genetically engineered crops can get passed on to other crops. Once the terminator seeds are released into a region, the trait of seed sterility could be passed to other non-genetically-engineered crops, making most or all of the seeds in the region sterile.

If allowed to continue, every farmer in the world could come to rely on Monsanto for their seed supply … and this is not a company that you want in control of your food supply.

Monsanto’s Toxic Past

Monsanto tries to pass itself off as an innovative agricultural company, when in reality they produced two of the most toxic substances ever known — polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, and dioxin (Agent Orange). 

Monsanto may also be responsible for more than 50 Environmental Protection Agency Superfund sites, and they’re the masterminds behind some of the most dangerous products on the market today:

Monsanto is also deeply entrenched with the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmacia Corporation was created in April 2000 through the merger of Pharmacia & Upjohn with Monsanto Company and its G.D. Searle unit.

How to Fight Back Against Monsanto

First, I urge you to get informed on the issue. Along with “The World According to Monsanto,” you can watch The Future of Food. This in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind genetically modified foods is one of the best documentaries I have ever viewed. It will help you understand the very real threat that ALL future generations face as a result of genetic engineering.

Please do not be shy about forwarding this video to all of your friends and family, as it is something that everyone should see.

Next, you can hit Monsanto where it really hurts — using your pocketbook. Avoid buying anything that contains GMO ingredients.

Seven out of every 10 items in your typical grocery store have been genetically modified, so avoiding GM foods means avoiding most processed foods. Show Monsanto how you really feel by getting your food from local farmers who still control their own seed supply.

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How much GE food are you eating?

Lisa Says: GMO ( or Genetically Engingineered) foods are causing untold health issues and are of grave concern for the literal future of the world’s food sources.  Rex and I are not conspiracy theorists but practically speaking, this is COMMON SENSE.  We grow heirloom organic veges based on what space allows and actively shop for [...]

Lisa Says: GMO ( or Genetically Engingineered) foods are causing untold health issues and are of grave concern for the literal future of the world’s food sources.  Rex and I are not conspiracy theorists but practically speaking, this is COMMON SENSE.  We grow heirloom organic veges based on what space allows and actively shop for non-GMO foods.

article courtesy of www.thecoachingpair.com

Talking about this subject will not win me any friends nor will I have my phone ringing off the hook with people wanting more information. However, those of you who know me, know that I feel “called” to reveal truth (and expose lies) around the food and drug industry. The issue of GMO foods can no longer slide under the radar. Today’s link offers a mouth-dropping expose on the company responsible for the rapid demise of our food supply.

For years I’ve known that Monsanto was responsible for manufacturing and marketing aspartame, the artificial sweetener that is poisoning our nation, one soft drink at a time. In more recent years, great controversy has arisen around this entire GMO food subject. I’m not extremely knowledgeable about this, but there is enough information now available to warrant blowing the whistle of alarm.
According to Wikipedia.com, a genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. With this technology, DNA molecules from different sources are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism and causes it to acquire modified traits.
Another source says it a little more directly. “Genetic Engineering (GE) is a radical new technology that manipulates the genes and DNA — the building blocks of all living things. Unlike traditional breeding, genetic engineering creates new life forms that would never occur in nature, creating new and unpredictable health and environmental risks. To create GE crops, genes from bacteria, viruses, plants, animals and even humans have been inserted into plants like soybeans, corn, canola, and cotton.” This goes totally against God’s design for life and health.
In his book, Seeds of Deception, Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating, Jeffrey Smith, a former executive with the leading independent laboratory testing for GM presence in foods, documents the serious health dangers of these foods and explains how corporate influence and government collusion have been used to cover them up. Today’s article merely introduces the subject of GMO foods. There is other valuable information available on the Internet and through published books. Begin searching out the truth on what you’re really eating.

Prayer Power
Father, we don’t walk in fear but we do want to take care of our bodies in a responsible way. Thank you for giving us wisdom to discern truth.

Link of the Day

Blessings on you as you continue to learn more about what you’re eating and drinking.

Jerry and Sharon
 
The Coaching Pair
Jerry Graham, Ph.D., D.Min.
Sharon Graham, R.N.

Copyright © 2008 JIREH Marketing, Inc.

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Tips for avoiding GMOs in your food

This month’s Spilling the Beans features a new pamphlet on Tips to Avoid
> GMOs. To view a PDF of this new handout, click here. (
> http://www.seedsofd eception. com/DocumentFile s/141.pdf)
>
> Dear Subscriber,
>
> This month’s newsletter features another new brochure you can download at no
> cost, produced by our Institute. While last month s Health Risks brochure
> [...]

This month’s Spilling the Beans features a new pamphlet on Tips to Avoid
> GMOs. To view a PDF of this new handout, click here. (
> http://www.seedsofd eception. com/DocumentFile s/141.pdf)
>
> Dear Subscriber,
>
> This month’s newsletter features another new brochure you can download at no
> cost, produced by our Institute. While last month s Health Risks brochure
> was sure to motivate you to avoid eating GMOs, this month s Avoiding GMO Tips
> brochure should make it easier to shop and buy healthier non-GMO brands for
> yourself and family. The brochure is fully formatted online, ready for reading
> or download. A long list of GM derivatives appears for you to study at the
> end.
>
> ARE YOU ONE OF THE 9 OUT OF 10 AMERICANS OPPOSED TO UNLABELED GM FOODS?
> PEW RESEARCH
>
> This guide will help you determine which products are made from genetically
> modified organisms (GMOs) so you can make healthier non-GMO brand buying
> choices. GMOs are made by transferring genes from one species, such as bacteria,
> viruses, or animals, into the DNA of other species, such as corn.
>
> Though most industrialized countries require labeling of GMOs, the U.S. does
> not. 9 out of 10 Americans want genetically modified (GM) foods to be
> labeled. Most people say they would avoid brands if labeled as GM.
>
> This guide is produced by The Institute for Responsible Technology, your
> consumer safety partner and a world leader in exposing the health risks of GMOs.
> Look for our Non-GMO Shopping Guide coming in mid-2008. For more details or
> to make a donation, please go to www.responsibletech nology.org.
>
> HOW TO MAKE SAFER BUYING CHOICES
> GMO Defensive Shopping List
>
> What crops are most often GMOs? Examples of products commonly containing
> GMOs
>
> SOY (89%)* Chocolates use soy lecithin; Breads use soy flour; Shakes use soy
> protein concentrate; Baby formulas use soy milk.
>
> CORN (61%)* High fructose corn syrup is found in sodas, cereals, cookies,
> candy, salad dressings, spaghetti sauces, and 1,000 other products. Baked goods
> use cornstarch; Vegetable oils use corn oil; Breads use corn flour.
>
> CANOLA (80%)* Fried products use canola oil; Baked goods use canola oil;
> Many health products use canola oil.
>
> COTTON (83%)* Chips use cottonseed oil; Fried snacks use cottonseed oil.
>
> * Percentage of GM cotton, corn, and soy in the US and GM canola grown in
> Canada.
>
> TIP #1: BUY ORGANIC
> There are three types of organic labels:
>
> 100% ORGANIC means all ingredients are organic.
> ORGANIC means that at least 95% of the ingredients are organic. The other
> 5%, however, still have to be non-GMO.
> MADE WITH ORGANIC _________ (ingredient name, e.g. SOY). This label means
> that at least 70% of the ingredients are organic, but the remaining 30% still
> have to be non-GMO.
>
> If the term organic is ONLY in the list of ingredients and not found
> anywhere else on the package, then there is no required percentage for organic
> ingredients in the product, and any non-organic ingredient may be GMO.
>
> TIP #2: LOOK FOR NON-GMO LABELS
> Companies may voluntarily label products as non-GMO . Some labels state
> non-GMO while others spell out MADE WITHOUT GENETICALLY MODIFIED INGREDIENTS .
> Some products limit their claim to only one particular AT-RISK ingredient such
> as soy lecithin, listing it as non-GMO .
>
> TIP #3: AVOID AT-RISK INGREDIENTS
> The four major GM crops are soy, corn, cottonseed, and canola. Three minor
> crops are Hawaiian papaya, and a small amount of zucchini and yellow crook
> neck squash. These 7 crops look just like their non-GMO counterparts. Novel
> products such as seedless watermelons, pear/apple combos, and tangelos are
> products of natural breeding and are NOT genetically engineered.
>
> Most GM ingredients are products made from corn and soybeans, used in
> processed foods. (See chart on page 4.) There is no GM popcorn on the market, nor
> is there blue or white GM corn.
>
> Help stop the introduction of GM sugar in late 2008. Send a letter to top
> companies on our website.
>
> TIP #4: USE SHOPPING GUIDES
> There are a few non-GMO shoppers guides available based on information
> directly from food producers. The True Food Guide, available online at
> www.truefoodnow. org, has also been reproduced as an insert in the back of the
> informative book on GMOs, Your Right To Know by Andrew Kimbrell. Go to
> www.seedsofdeceptio n.com.
>
> OTHER WAYS TO AVOID GMOs
>
> ANIMAL PRODUCTS
> Meats, dairy products, farmed fish, and eggs are usually from animals fed GM
> feed. To avoid, buy ORGANIC , WILD CAUGHT , or meat or dairy from 100%
> GRASS-FED animals. Avoid dairy products from cows injected with GM bovine growth
> hormone (called rbGH or rbST). See www.responsibletech nology.org for brands.
> Honey and bee pollen may have been gathered from GM plants.
>
> PRODUCTS FROM GM MICROORGANISMS
> There are many additives, enzymes, flavorings, and processing agents used in
> foods which are produced by GM bacteria, yeast, or fungi. To avoid them,
> either buy organic or stick to non-processed foods.
>
> GMO SWEETENER ASPARTAME
> Avoid the GMO derivative labeled as the sweetener aspartame. It is also
> referred to as NutraSweet® and Equal® and is found in over 6,000 products,
> including soft drinks, gum, candy, desserts, mixes, yogurt, tabletop sweeteners,
> and some pharmaceuticals such as vitamins and sugar-free cough drops.
>
> AVOID GMOs IN RESTAURANTS
> Try to go to restaurants that cook meals from scratch and do not use
> packaged, processed mixes and sauces which will likely have GM ingredients. At-risk
> ingredients include corn chips and tortillas, tofu, soy sauce, and sweet
> corn. Vegetable oil is usually made from GM soy, corn, cottonseed, or canola and
> is used by most restaurants. Find out if your restaurant uses vegetable oil,
> and if so, ask if they can cook YOUR meal without oil or with a non-GMO oil,
> such as olive, sunflower, or safflower.
>
> Buy non-GMO. Help us stop the genetic engineering of our food supply.
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>
> INVISIBLE GM INGREDIENTS
>
> Processed foods often have hidden GM sources (unless they are organic or
> declared non-GMO). The following are ingredients that may be made from GM soy,
> corn, cotton, or canola.
>
> aspartame
> gluten
> modified starch
> baking powder
> glycerides
> monosodium glutamate
> bee pollen
> glycerin
> oleic acid
> caramel color
> glycerol
> Phenylalanine
> cellulose
> glycerol mono-oleate
> phytic acid
> citric acid
> glycine
> sorbitol
> cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
> hemicellulose
> soy flour
> corn gluten
> high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
> soy isolates
> corn masa
> hydrogenated starch
> soy lecithin
> corn oil
> hydrolyzed vegetable protein
> soy protein
> corn syrup
> inositol
> starch
> cornmeal
> invert sugar (colorose or inversol)
> stearic acid
> cornstarch
> tamari
> inverse syrup
> cyclodextrin
> isoflavones
> tempeh
> cystein
> lactic acid
> threonine
> dextrin
> lecithin
> tocopherols (Vitamin E)
> dextrose
> leucine
> tofu
> diacetyl
> lysine
> trehalose
> diglyceride
> malitol
> triglyceride
> fructose
> maltodextrin
> vegetable fat
> fructose (crystalline)
> maltose
> vegetable oil
> glucose
> mannitol
> Vitamin B12
> glutamate
> methylcellulose
> Vitamin E
> glutamic acid
> milo starch
> xanthan gum
>
> Our understanding is that ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), although usually
> derived from corn, is probably not GM because it is not made in North America.
> Honey and bee pollen may contain GMOs if the beehives are near GM crops.
>
> This list is continually being updated and refined. For the most recent
> version, see www.responsibletech nology.org.
>
> © copyright Institute For Responsible Technology 2008
>
> Jeffrey M. Smith is the author of publication Genetic Roulette: The
> Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, which presents 65 risks in
> easy-to-read two-page spreads. His first book, Seeds of Deception, is the top
> rated and #1 selling book on GM foods in the world. He is the Executive
> Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology.
> www.responsibletech nology.org, which is spearheading the Campaign for Healthier Eating in America. Go to
> www.seedsofdeceptio n.com to learn more about how to avoid GM foods.
>
> Spilling the Beans is a monthly column available at
> www.responsibletech nology.org. The website also offers eater-friendly tips for avoiding GMOs at home
> and in restaurants.
>
> Permission is granted to publishers and webmasters to reproduce issues of
> Spilling the Beans in whole or in part. Just email us at
> column@responsiblet echnology. org so that we can keep track. Contact us for a higher resolution of
> the brochure if needed.
>
> For a more in-depth look at 65 health risks of GM foods, excerpted from
> Jeffrey Smith’s comprehensive new book Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health
> Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, click here.
> (http://www.seedsofd eception. com/Public/ GeneticRoulette/
> HealthRisksofGMFood sSummaryDebate/ index.cfm)

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