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 SeedsNow.com 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!

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Help End the Food Monopoly!

Last spring when we started our vegetable garden, we thought we were doing something really great.  We were going to grow our own food, organically.  We weren’t going to use any pesticides and the soil mix that my husband painstakingly hand mixed was made up of all-natural things. We were so excited!  I bought plants from our local nurseries and organic seeds from the store.  I planted kale, onions, carrots, rainbow chard, collards, mustard, leeks, spinach, and lettuce with excitement, love, and high expectations.

At the same time, my interest in GMOs and Monsanto was budding. As a matter of fact, this was one of the main reasons that we decided to start growing our own food.  We wanted to protect the health of our children and avoid supporting this company at all costs. You can imagine the heartbreak and anger I felt when I discovered that many, if not all, of the plants I had growing more than likely came from Monsanto’s seeds. This is because Monsanto has a nice monopoly going. Here is one article, but feel free to Google it yourself. They apparently own 90% of the seed market in the U.S. (see this list of seed companies owned by Monsanto). So in trying to make what we thought was a healthy choice for our family, we were supporting the very company we were trying to avoid.

Fortunately, I was able to find certified organic non-GMO seeds and am now phasing out all of the other plants and herbs in my garden. So far, I am happy with these seeds (from SeedsNow.com) and will post more photos when everything is up and growing 🙂 !

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Living Outside the Box

One of the biggest changes my family has made is cutting out processed foods. This means that we try to avoid foods in packaging, when possible. Obviously, this is not possible ALL of the time, but we try to buy foods as close to their natural state as possible. If the food has to be packaged, I look for those with minimal ingredients.

We also try to make more things at home, such as salad dressings, mayonnaise, breads, and pasta sauces. You can really avoid a lot of dangerous additives if you make your own! See the recipe page for tips on how to make more things from your home.