Education Wednesday: Glyphosate Increases

Jul 10, 2013 by

Over the past several weeks I have been reading several articles about glyphosate increases in our food and water supply.

This issue is overwhelming, confusing and upsetting. Why is our government doing this to us?
Why aren’t more people not upset about this?

A good friend sent me this picture of someone in my area upset about it…I thought it was pretty awesome.
My son told me I could NOT do this to my car.

monsanto car

The below quote is from an online article,  EPA Set to Increase Levels of Controversial Chemical on Food, by one of my favorite advocates for the cause, Robyn O’Brien.

 “And as Dr. Huber spoke about glyphosate, which is the ingredient used in a weed killer known as RoundUp, a weed killer that I had applied countless times around our yard and one that is sprayed on our food crops like corn and soy, I listened, not really wanting to hear any of it, reflecting not only on what I had eaten during my pregnancies and fed our children, but also on the scope of the work of Professor Miguel A. Altieri of the University of California, Berkeley who had looked into unforeseen risks that might be associated with genetically engineered crops and these chemicals being sprayed on them:

“Glyphosate is a systemic herbicide (i.e. it is absorbed into and moves through the whole plant), and is carried into the harvested parts of plants.  Exactly how much glyphosate is present in the seeds of corn or soybeans (genetically engineered to withstand this chemical) is not known, as grain products are not included in conventional market surveys for pesticide residues.  The fact that this and other herbicides are known to accumulate in fruits…raises questions about food safety, especially now that more than 37 million pounds of this herbicide are used annually in the United States alone. Even in the absence of immediate (acute) effects, it might take 40 years for a potential carcinogen to act in enough people for it to be detected as a cause.  Moreover, research has shown that glyphosate seems to act in a similar fashion to antibiotics by altering soil biology rendering bean plants more vulnerable to disease”.”

 

A few additional articles that will help explain this issue are:
EPA Raises Glyphosate Concentrations on Food Crop

and Toxic shock: California allows up to one thousand times more glyphosate in drinking water than needed to cause breast cancer in women

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Education Wednesday: Do GMO’s cause sterility?

Jul 3, 2013 by

gmo freeSo many things roll around in my head that I want to share on Education Wednesday. I am often overwhelmed by what is best to share. Thinking about my son’s future family, I wonder, do GMO’s cause sterility?

I have had several conversations with friends and family this week that have got me thinking.

Most people that make dietary changes do it because they have one or several medical issues they are trying to address. This is exactly what caused me and my family to go down this road. I worry about those who seemingly think they are not being impacted by this experiment with our food supply.

Do you really know what is going on with your child’s immune system right now? Are all changes inside the body visible right now? What about the study on rats that shows third generation rats are sterile, as a result of consuming genetically modified foods. Is that trend that people are having a harder time having children a coincidence or a result of the foods being consumed?Read a sampling of articles about sterility:

Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality in Hamsters

Warning: This Common Food Causes Devastating Offspring Defects in New Research Study

GMO Soy Repeatedly Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality, Birth Defects

 

Perhaps there is more going on inside our bodies than we know.
Protect your child and make a change today!

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Monday Update: GMO labeling and more

Jun 24, 2013 by

My Monday update is going to be a mix bag. Meal Monday will *hopefully* return next week. I took a week off to enjoy summer; taking time to blog during the summer is definitely a challenge. My son and husband are off to Boy Scout camp, so I intend on updating my blog all this week!

On Saturday, I was part of the first viewing of the new documentary GMO OMG, it was an endearing film by a Dad, Jeremy Seifert, on his exploration of genetically modified organisms in our food supply and the importance of GMO labeling. Watch the trailer below…the film will be released in September. I am excited for more awareness of this issue and am grateful to Nature’s Path and Birchwood Cafe for sponsoring the local viewing.

After the film, there was a panel discussion. Minnesota is introducing a labeling bill when they return to session in February. If you care to be involved in helping make this happen, they are looking for supporters and volunteers. This is important stuff to have a choice to know what is in our food. Get involved with Right to Know Minnesota.

On the panel, I especially loved to hear from Atina Diffley. Atina is co-founder of Gardens of Eagan (with her husband), one of the first organic farms in Minnesota. They no longer own Gardens of Eagan, but continue as huge supporters of organic farming. Atina wrote a book called Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works; it is a great read about their Gardens of Eagan organic farm and shares of their successful grass roots legal battle against Koch Refinery.

 

leaning apple tree

My thoughts are also heavy with the recent storm damage in Minnesota. I am thankful I haven’t lost power or trees, but my apple trees are leaning and probably will go over if the ground continues to get saturated. More severe weather and rain are on there way.

Today, Vince Flynn is being buried after battling prostate cancer for three years. I went to St. Thomas with Vince and had several mutual friends. He ended up being a wonderful author of amazing books, starting with Term Limits and the Mitch Rapp series. My thoughts and prayers go to his family. I will miss his books so much. If you haven’t read them, you should! Check out his books.

 

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Education Wednesday: Aspartame & More

Apr 24, 2013 by

health care reform starts in kitchen

 

 

Before I talk about my weekly subject, I wanted to share that there is another Food Revolution Summit this coming week. The Summit is an online seminar with different speakers available for viewing each day. They had one of these last month and I listened to some amazing speakers. You need to register to get access, but it is free. I highly recommend checking it out. The Summit is running from April 27-May 5th. One seminar that I am particularly interested in watching is by Rip Esselstyn, who was one of the members of Engine 2, that started the revolutionary Engine 2 Clean Eating Diet for health & wellness. So inspirational!

 

 

The below video was interesting and doesn’t take too long to watch. It should give you a thing or two to think about and consider when making your food choices. I do believe the video to be a little too far on the side of “conspiracy theory” in nature, but if you can look past that for the information being offered, it is hard not to consider what our food is doing to our bodies. One of the things I am very concerned about is the effect of aspartame on pretty much everyone I know and love. Removing artificial sweeteners from your diet is a fairly easy change you can make that could have significant health benefits. Please consider!

Please read this article by Dr. Mercola to learn more about the dangers of Aspartame.

Aspartame is, by Far, the Most Dangerous Substance on the Market that is Added To Foods

 

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Education Wednesday: FDA & Monsanto

Apr 17, 2013 by

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I ran across this video, War on Health,  last week and was shocked and dismayed by the role the FDA has played in the demise of our overall health and their apparent “partnership” with Monsanto. Wait until you learn about the epicyte gene, you will be sickened.

This video is long, but is a wealth of information to absorb and process. I will let the video speak for itself; knowledge is power. While I don’t really feel I can change what is going on with the government entities, I can know what I am eating and make my voice heard with my purchasing choices. You can too!

We need to come together as Americans and demand our health back, like other countries have done. Why is it OK that American’s be exposed to GMO’s, when the same companies make their products differently for countries that care more about their residents’ health.

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