This post is DAY 1 Please scroll to the bottom for the rest in the series
This year I decided to join the 31 Day writing challenge
Thanks to The Nester’s Myquillyn for hosting these fabulous challenges. There is a wealth of information to be gleaned from all the bloggers that participate.
I chose NON GMO as my topic because I am very passionate about GMOs and lately have heard a lot of misconceptions about GMOs. I am hoping to clear that up, as well as help people shop better, understand what a GMO really is and what you should be looking for.
In 2001 I knew about GMOs and was always pro organic. What made me stand up against GMOs? Morningstar Farms had a recall for mini corn dogs I fed my toddlers. They had been using corn that was not approved for consumption. I became really angry. We were not supposed to have any GMOs in our food and what I thought was a healthy choice had GMOs in them. Something I had fed my children and it wasn’t even cleared for humans to eat. I was furious
I have refused to buy anything from Morningstar since. Interesting note Whole Foods(in the article) said back in 2001 ‘More than a year after claiming it was going to ban GMOs from its house-brand products, Whole Foods Market Inc. still hasn’t reformulated all of its products including its sodas and sandwich cookies and nutrition bars, said Denis Ring, who oversees manufacturing of its 365-brand product line.’ I find that rather telling since we are now in 2014. They dropped the fight a few years ago then with Customer outcry reversed and have now said by 2018. More about this later
GMO – GMO is a Genetically Modified Organism. They are made in a lab ‘Genetic engineering is the process of breaking the natural boundaries that exist between species to produce new life forms that will produce a variety of desired traits. For example, genes from salmon can be spliced into tomatoes to make them more resistant to cold weather, thereby yielding a larger crop when the weather is less than favorable.’
Hybrids – Taking 2 plants and cross pollinating (Not GMO)
Grafting – Taking a branch, or other plant part and attaching to another plant (Not GMO)
31 Days of HOW TO BE NON GMO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN