Day 55 – More Bad News About GMO Foods

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First let me say the first day of C25K was a bit brutal and so far, so is day 2! I took a couple aspirin before going to bed and slept well. This morning doing the Power90 sweat circuit was a grunt, all the leg work requiring me to raise my knees (a lot!) was almost like going back to the first few days of the program. But that’s good, yes, because that means its really shaken things up.

I drank a big glass of juice (romaine, parsley, cuke, celery, yellow & purple bell peppers, carrots, onion, lemon and ginger) when I got home. So amazing, as I was drinking it felt like  all that goodness  was being soaked up by all my cells like little sponges. I could “feel” it refreshing my muscles! And I’m finishing that juice up right now for breakfast after my morning workout.

Now to the bad news:

In 2008, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine called for an immediate moratorium on all genetically modified foods. Here’s an excerpt:

With the precautionary principle in mind, because GM foods have not been properly tested for human consumption, and because there is ample evidence of probable harm, the AAEM asks:

  • Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.
  • Physicians to consider the possible role of GM foods in the disease processes of the patients they treat and to document any changes in patient health when changing from GM food to non-GM food.
  • Our members, the medical community, and the independent scientific community to gather case studies potentially related to GM food consumption and health effects, begin epidemiological research to investigate the role of GM foods on human health, and conduct safe methods of determining the effect of GM foods on human health.
  • For a moratorium on GM food, implementation of immediate long term independent safety testing, and labeling of GM foods, which is necessary for the health and safety of consumers

Here’s the full article. Now more than 2-years later, our Government still allows GMO foods to further permeate and dominate our crop production. Yet in July 2011, after a 20-years struggle, the US reversed its position and voted with the global CODEX to allow gmo foods to be labeled.

Samuel Ochieng, President Emeritus of Consumers International and CEO of the Kenyan Consumer Information Network said:

“While the agreement falls short of the consumer movement’s long-held demand for endorsement of mandatory GM food labelling, this is still a significant milestone for consumer rights. This guidance is extremely good news for the worlds’ consumers who want to know what is in the foods on their plates”.

I love edamame, I buy the big bags of 2-serving packets from Sam’s Club freezer section. I’ve got 1.5 bags in my freezer now awaiting my juice fest to be over. Now, after what I’ve read about GMO soy causing infertility and a host of other problems, I’m throwing it out.

I found a somewhat local (SC) farm called Wanamakers that sells a couple different varieties of organic edamame. I’m going to get some!

 


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2 responses »

  1. Kudos to you for doing the C25K program AND Power 90. My husband just recently jumped on the bandwagon and is in week 4 of P90. He watched me struggle through P90X, Insanity, and a whole host of the other Beachbody programs as I’ve lost my weight and started his own journey. His goal is to lose 50 pounds and is well on his way! I’m so very proud.

    As far as juicing goes, have you ever heard of Shakeology? It has all the awesome whole-foods you’re talking about and tons more (probiotics, whey protein, and digestive enzymes). I LOVE this stuff- I’ve been drinking it once a day religiously for over a year now.

    Onto the GMO: I am on the exact same stand point as you! I’ve been researching more about the health costs of GMO foods (from Jillian Michaels) that start with Monsanto. The fact that they are still allowed to be sold (without labeling) disgusts me. It’s that time when you have the be the intelligent consumer and buy locally and organically if you can. That’s the only way to really know.

    Great post!
    A

    • thanks – just got out of the hot tub to soak my legs, especially the quads – they’re like sore little rubber bands that do not understand what is going on – ha! yea, the more I learn about what’s really in our food and how we’ve been taught to eat, the hype on tv for unhealthy foods and portions and then all the prescription ads for heartburn and cholestarol… makes me sad & dizzy!

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