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Baby Steps to Less GMO

By CATHERINE

I watched a goofy but scary movie last night. Consumed.

The basic plot was that a woman’s son develops a rash and she takes on a fictitious Monsanto-like company to get them to label GMO foods.

The woman asks a scientist about studies of GMOs on people. The scientist replies something to the effect of: we are in the process of doing those studies, and we consumers are the lab rats.

When the whole epi-pen pricing thing was in the news, we were trying to figure out when allergies became so prevalent. I recall one person having a peanut allergy during my entire K-12 experience. One kid.

I read somewhere that peanut allergies have tripled since the mid-1990’s.

I don’t know if it was fictitious, but 1996 was stated as the beginning of GMO foods in the movie. I have a sense it was long before that.

I read food labels, generally on the lookout for super-high sugar amounts, and I must admit that the “Non-GMO Project Verified” label gets my attention. I don’t seek out non-GMO foods except when I am buying soy products because they are at the top of the worst list.

It’s really sickening to think that we are eating food that has been genetically modified, and we don’t know it. How does this differ from the unknowing human-subject experimentation of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study?

This morning, while cooking an omelet with eggs from God-knows-where (the package says Texas, Indiana and Mississippi—so which is it?), I opened my cupboard to see if I had any Non-GMO Project Verified labelled food.

I found two items right away, and quit looking to tend to my breakfast. I am glad to know my California Olive Ranch EVOO from Chico, California, and my Reese quartered artichoke hearts (“tender & delicious”), which are a Product of Peru, have the label. 

Next time I go grocery shopping, I’m going to see just how easy or hard (I know it’s going to be hard) it is to shop for only products labelled with the Non-GMO Project Verified label.

Something in that silly movie last night created a tiny tipping point for me—and I can’t turn a blind eye any longer.

 Note: My Sunny Meadow eggs are a registered trademark of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. I just sent them an email asking if their eggs are GMO free. Standby for their response…

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