Organic vs Genetically Modified Foods
This post will examine the difference between organic and natural foods and the G.M.O. or G.E. foods now being engineered and flooded into our food supplies. G.M.O. stands for genetically modified organisms and G.E. stands for genetically engineered. These are interchangeable terms and indicate that a food, meat or plant food sources have been genetically engineered by modern science.
The idea is promoted as a manner to alter the natural DNA of an organism with DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes. Some touted modifications include food crop plants with newly added defenses against insects or the resistance to heavy applications of pesticides. This seemingly beneficial application of recombinant DNA techniques is questionable at best and seems laden with negative side effects. There are many studies that indicate how the compounded effects of including G.E. foods in one’s diet truly are negative and unhealthful. A truly eye-opening report is the article entitled “50 Harmful Effects of Genetically Modified Foods” from the Raw-Wisdom website. To see the scientific studies that overwhelming point out the dangers of G.M. food and to see the 50 harmful effects go to http://www.raw-wisdom.com/50harmful.
A Very Brief List of the Dangers of G.M. Foods
- Recorded Deaths from GM
- Near-deaths and Food Allergy Reactions
- Cancer and Degenerative Diseases
- Direct Cancer and Degenerative Disease Links
- Infertility and High Infant Mortality Rates in animals fed GM
- Viral and Bacterial Illness
- Antibiotic Threat Via Milk
- Antibiotic Threat Via Plants
- Resurgence of Infectious Diseases
- Increased Food Allergies
- Birth Defects and Shorter Life Spans
- Interior Toxins
- Lowered Nutrition
It should take very little research online or reading such excellent books as Seeds of Deception by Jeffery Smith to understand how harmful G.E. foods are and how they have no place in one’s diet.
“Natural/Organic” foods are foods that are minimally processed and do not contain any hormones, antibiotics, sweeteners, food colors, or flavorings that were not originally in the food. This include fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and meats. In the Western Countries especially the U.S. it becomes important to seek out organic foods. Processed organic food usually contains only organic ingredients. Label reading becomes a mandatory skill.
Look for Labels that expressly say “100% Organic” as there are label laws that allows food producer to mark labels as follows:
- Single-Ingredient Foods- On foods like fruits and vegetables, look for a small sticker version of the USDA Organic label or check the signage in your produce section for this seal. The word “Organic” and the seal may also appear on packages of meat, cartons of milk or eggs, cheese, and other single-ingredient foods.
- Multi-Ingredient Foods- Foods such as beverages, snacks, and other processed foods use the following classification system to indicate their use of organic ingredients.
- 100% Organic Foods bearing this label are made with 100% organic ingredients* and may display the USDA Organic seal.
- Organic These products contain at least 95–99% organic ingredients (by weight). The remaining ingredients are not available organically but have been approved by the NOP. These products may display the USDA Organic seal.
- Made With Organic Ingredients Food packaging that reads “Made With Organic Ingredients” must contain 70–94% organic ingredients. These products will not bear the USDA Organic seal; instead, they may list up to three ingredients on the front of the packaging.
- Products with less than 70% organic ingredients may only list organic ingredients on the information panel of the packaging. These products will not bear the USDA Organic seal.
So it is easy to see how confusing the labeling system in use by the USDA is currently. Also note that some seemingly healthy food choices like soy are not so healthy if not 100% Organic. It is interesting to note that the largest G.E. crops in North America are soy, corn, cotton and sugar beets which are processed into sugar. It is also interesting to note that many G.E. foods are in the feed given to livestock. This of course will adversely affect any consumers of G.E. fed meats.
Labels on Meat and Dairy Products
- Natural This label means “minimally processed” and that the meat can’t have any artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, or any other artificial ingredients in it. Animals can still be given antibiotics or growth enhancers.
- Grass Fed This term means that the animals are fed solely on a diet of grass or hay and have access to the outdoors. Grass fed beef has been shown to have more of the healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
- Free-Range This means that the animals weren’t confined to a cage and had access to the outdoors.
- No Hormones Added This term is allowed when animals are raised without the use of any added growth hormones.
Do not consume meat if it does not have the above labels listed on it.
Labels on Fish
- Farm Raised This is usually applies to farm raised fish. May be G.M.O. or fed G.M.O. feed such as G.E. corn. Avoid.
- Wild Caught This refers to the fish being caught in the wild. However it may be G.M.O. fish that was farmed then released. A common practice to stock rivers and bodies of water.
- Wild Wild fish hatched and grown in natural bodies of water.
Only eat wild fish. Livestock and fish fed G.M.O. pose the same risks as if you have eaten G.M.O.
Negative effects of Soy
Soybeans and soy products can not be considered a healthy alternative to milk or meat. It is ironic that soy is touted as such a great healthy alternative to dairy or meat. Soy is one of the top genetically modified crops in America right now. Something like 80% of the soy grown is G.E. The real harm is the phytoestrogens in soy also have a detrimental effect. Soy should never be fed to a child or infant. Feeding a baby soy formula will deliver through the phytoestrogens, the equivalent of approximately 5 birth control pills per day. The damage is incalculable. Soy in adults is linked to thyroid issues, infertility and cancer.
Organically grown foods are generally recognized as being superior in the nutrition they provide. These beneficial nutrients include antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. The process of preparing foods through cooking, industrial processing, gassing and irradiating all destroy the nutrients in raw organic foods.It would be a shame to buy Organic then to over process the food through conventional cooking. This depletes and deters from the purpose of healthful food. Consider adding Organic Raw Foods to your diet for the most health gleaned from your foods.
Be Aware: Organic is the manner in which food is raised. This means the use of conventional non-organic pesticide (including insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides) is excluded. However, G.E. plants can be raised organically so it is important understand the definitions of these words and to seek out natural or heirloom organic plants and produce.
Excellent Documentary on Big Agro Foods
To download a free copy of Food Inc go to http://www.documentary-log.com/d1245-food-inc/
Eye opening but extremely disturbing documentary on Big Agricultural food practices and GM in our food source.