The Time to Go Organic is Now…

Recent news regarding an increase in the allowable pesticide levels used on conventional produce is disturbing, to say the least. In case you haven’t heard, the EPA has increased the allowable amount of Glyphosate on food crops from 200 ppm to 6000 ppm. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide has been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, neurological disorders, DNA damage, and birth defects,  not to mention the damage it is doing to the environment. What this means for us is that we will be eating food more laden with chemicals. This is due to the fact that most of the conventional, processed foods that we eat contain corn, soy, sugar, and canola, which are some of the most common GM crops. GM crops are able to withstand high levels of Glyphosate because that’s what they were created to do. Farmers need crops to survive a dousing of chemicals designed to kill the superweeds that “infest” the fields.

So, unfortunately, most of the foods that we are eating will be doused with chemicals. What’s the solution? Our family has decided to deal with this in three ways:

  1. Give up most processed foods, unless they are certified organic and certified GMO-free
  2. Buy only organic produce
  3. Grow our own food – I found a company that sells only GMO-free seeds called and so far, I am really happy with them. This way, we can guarantee that the produce we grow is organic and safe.

Doing these things not only ensures that what we are feeding our family is safe and nutritious, but it also keeps our money from funding Monsanto and big agriculture!


Put your money where your mouth is

For those of you who are aware of and avoiding GMOs or have any other causes that you care about, there is a smartphone app called Buycott that you can take with you to the store. On the site, you can select causes to join and anytime you scan a product in the store that is affiliated with or attached to a cause that you join, it will alert you. My daughter and I LOVE taking this shopping with us. Anytime we get an alert, my daughter says, “GMO! Put it back!” A word of caution, though – just because a product does not get a red alert on Buycott does not mean that it is free of GMOs. Most often, only products that are owned by or affiliated with the corporation Monsanto will show up.  Here is a list of companies that make products that are certified GMO free by the Non GMO Project.

One of the hardest things to shop for if you’re trying to go GMO free is breakfast cereal. Buying organic almost certainly guarantees that the product is GMO free.  My kids are taste-testing a variety of cereals right now in an attempt to break an addiction to Honey Nut Cheerios. Read the Cornucopia Cereal Report to see how your favorites rate.