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GMO foods have been on my mind a lot lately. A few months ago I read a disturbing article accompanied by pictures of a pig's stomach insides that had been totally destroyed by eating GMO corn. It got me thinking. I eat pork, my kids eat pork and that pork may have been eating GMO feed while it was still a pig. Then, I started to look into which food in our pantry were okay and not safe. The first one that disturbed me was Cheerios as those are a staple in this house. My middle child will ask for them for two meals a day sometimes. I am guessing I will go search for an alternative at Wegmans or Whole Foods, maybe Trader Joes. I have not yet found an entire cereal company that I can trust with the exception of Nature's Path. Kellog's cereal is FULL of gmo. I am writing this post in hopes that you will read it and do some research of your own. I am scared for our country to be honest.
It's illegal to use GMO in any food products in Europe. What are we doing in the US? I have begun signing any petitions I can find that are urging companies to remove GMO ingredients or to at least properly label the packaging. It seems that these companies don't feel we have a right to know what we are consuming and giving to our families. That does not sit well with me.
In case you're not fully aware of GMO corn you should know that this is scientifically engineered corn that makes its own pesticides, so that when corn worms bite into it, their stomachs explode.
Think about that for a minute. You know, it's a fact that "round up" insecticide is spliced into the corn seeds so that the corn's tissue itself produces insecticide. Terrifying, no? Organic corn looks ugly, and has worms...true. But, it can be washed, and boiled and consumed without worrying what about the harm you're doing to your body.
Here is a disturbing fact for you. 95% of corn in the United States and Canada is GMO. Yes, ninety five percent. Scary, isn't it?
The more I look into it, it seems like nothing is 'safe'.
The biggest threats are found in: soy, corn, canola, sugarbeets and alfalfa. sugar beets are turned into syrups that are found in many, many foods.