Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are becoming an increasingly urgent topic of discussion among Americans. Remember Frankenstein? Well, that’s the kind of stuff I’m talking about here. Unfortunately, scientist initially never knew what they were getting themselves into by modifying the DNA of organisms which we eat, thus creating unethical and unsafe GMOs for our food supply. The consumption of GMOs is linked to many health issues such as allergies, fertility problems, and stomach problems. Not to mention, we do not yet know what exactly GMOs are doing to our own DNA! Also, despite GMO supporters' lies, pesticides are actually being used more on GMO foods and the pesticides are actually genetically placed into the food’s DNA! This is scary stuff that needs to be addressed now.
The Oregon House Committee is trying to prevent the spread of GMO agriculture and wildlife and is currently holding hearings. Their website is www.gmofreeoregon.org and their agenda is simple; make Oregon a GMO free state. Please take some time to click on the link to www.gmofreeoregon.org and look around. Try to learn something today that you have never heard of and maybe do the same again tomorrow. If you would like some directions so you are not lost in another information website, try starting in the “About” page and learn about the source. Decide if their mission statement makes sense. Next move is the “About GMOs” page. See what it is you are fighting for. Best of all, try and make it to the “Take Action” page and see how you can advocate for this very important cause even in your own home.
The biggest way you can protect yourself and your family from GMOS is the next time you go to the grocery store, remember to look for “Certified Organic” and “Non GMO” or “GMO Free”. Technically, when an item such as tofu has the Certified Organic label, it automatically means that it is GMO free but it is reassuring to see the GMO Free label as well. My top food items that I consider the most important to buy organic is tofu and soy products, wheat products, and corn. I also buy most of my veggies and fruit organic as well. In addition, try out Trader Joe's because they have a huge variety of organic products at very reasonable prices, such as beans, pasta, tomato sauce, oatmeal, corn, tofu, tempeh, nut milks, and many others! Happy shopping!