Organic Raw Vegan Lifestyle
Those of us interested in supporting organic agriculture and a raw vegan lifestyle are a step ahead of the game when it comes to avoiding GMOs. Still, no one is totally exempt from danger, since big agribusiness, chemical and biotech industries, and seed companies like Monsanto are spending millions of dollars to keep Americans in the dark about what is really going on with our food supply.
GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are a real hazard to our health, which is why it is important that all of us with raw food businesses stay informed and help educate our friends, family, and communities to avoid foods and products that are genetically modified.
More Countries Ban GMOs
GMOs threaten the diverse ecosystems we need in order to maintain balance on earth, and ultimately genetic engineering threatens both our food security and that of future generations. Contamination by GMOs can occur even with organic crops, the fastest growing sector in agriculture today. Organic farmers also face increased costs in protecting their crops and testing their products to make sure they have not been contaminated by GMOs.In addition, many crops grown in the U.S. cannot be exported to most countries in Europe and many other places like Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Brazil and Paraguay because GMOs are either fully banned or specific GMO food products are banned in those countries. To date, more than 20 states in the U.S. are also considering GMO legislation.
GMO Seeds Threaten Food Security
While proponents of genetic engineering tout the benefits of increasing the food supply and combating world hunger, the truth is that GMOs contribute to a fragile monoculture, and make viable high quality conventional seeds much harder to find. Big companies create GMO seed varieties so that they can be patented, often disrupting the traditional seed exchange practices of indigenous cultures, and ultimately creating food shortages. Farmers have traditionally kept variety alive in crops through seed selection and breeding, but GMO seeds that grow for only one season halt this process. Large agribusiness companies would like nothing better than to create a world seed monopoly, essentially patenting life itself with “Terminator Technology,” creating sterile seeds that cannot be saved and grown the next year.
Many familiar companies and institutions like Hersheys, Bayer, Land o Lakes, and even the University of California support GMO technologies. Some of the main culprits in genetic engineering include corn, soy, canola (rapeseed) and cottonseed oil. The frightening part is that many GMO contaminated products are present on grocery shelves in popular processed foods, yet they are not labeled. Still another great reason to grow, eat and share organic, locally grown, minimally processed, seasonal, ripe, raw fruits and vegetables!
Jeffrey Smith Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette
When Dan and Cherie attended The Real Truth About Health conference in New York, they shared the stage with Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and filmmaker with his documentary Genetic Roulette. Jeffrey is one of the world’s leading authorities on GMOs. Founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, Jeffrey has been an activist and very popular speaker on the subject, providing the public with an alternative view in spite of corporate assurances that GMOs are safe. One of his key points is that GMOs are banned in countries where the public is well informed about the hazards of the technology. In the U.K. alone, over 700 articles were published about the issue in a short period of time, and the public made a clear decision that GMOs would not be permitted.
Living Light Supports Organic Agriculture
At Living Light, we are proud that all of the food served in our school and café is organic, non-GMO. We also support other businesses and vendors who are aligned in keeping GMO products off of our shelves and our plates! Living Light Marketplace carries the excellent book Your Right to Know by Andrew Kimbrell (Center for Food Safety), and the Organic Consumer’s Association website is another excellent source of information about the status of GMO legislation in the U.S. and elsewhere.