When I first started on this nutritional journey I was still pretty skeptical about this organic movement. I thought it was just another trend and a way for major companies to make more $$.
Well, now I’m definitely singing a different tune. I’m now happily apart of that organic crowd, especially when it comes to produce and animal products. I’m sure you have all heard that some fruits and veggies are sprayed with pesticides more heavily than others; I like to call these the filthy fifteen. (Side note- organic also means no GMO (genetically modified organism-NOT NATURAL!), any produce that you buy non-organic can potentially be GMO). Excess pesticides and herbicides are not only bad for our health but they are devastating to the environment. Extra chemicals being sprayed results in more chemicals in the environment as well as the creation of super bugs and super weeds leading to even more pesticide/herbicide use the following years.
In my opinion, pesticides are not the only reason to be concerned. GMO’s are not only bad for your health but they are also devastating to the environment. Merging DNA from different species creates GMO foods.
Why is this done? Mostly to combine the most appealing traits of 2 or more species into one, that way GMO corn for example, has the ability to kill the pests that eat it without hurting both their crop and capital. Other appealing trails are often to increase size, shelf life and enhance color. The problems with GMO foods are extensive but the big ones, in my opinion, are that GMOs have never been proven in a single study to be safe for human consumption- how can a food that has its own built in pesticide be safe! Apart from the obvious human health concerns there is also the health of the environment. A major threat is the extinguishment of vegetative and animal species through airborne pollution. Airborne pollution occurs when GMO crops transfer their genes to wild crops through either wind blown or animal pollination. This then results in a hybridization of the GMO crop with the non-GMO crop, which will drastically alter the ecosystem. Another concern with GMO’s are the increased use of herbicides and pesticides, because the crops are modified to be herbicide/pesticide resistant, farmers are more likely to over spray knowing their crops are resistant… what does this mean? much more herbicides and pesticide in our food and the creation of herbicide/pesticide resident weeds and pests meaning even more stronger chemicals the following year.
…wow quite the tangent, i started talking about organic versus non-organic and went off about GMO’s but as you can see they are not separate issues. Obviously I can’t force anyone to automatically switch from non-organic, GMO foods but hopefully by providing you with the information you’ll be able to make the right decision.
So with that being said, what foods should you avoid if you don’t want GMO?
The most common GMO foods are:
3-cottonseed (used in veggie cooking oils)
5-sugar from sugar beets
7-zuccinni (some varieties)
And for the filthy fifteen, try to always always buy organic of the following:
3-sweet bell peppers
I know some people question the cost of organic non GMO foods, but in my opinion i’d rather spend the money on good quality food than on the eventual doctors bills…
So what should you do with all that yummy organic, non GMO food? eat a yummy fresh salad (or 2) of course.
First up is my mock whole foods sesame kale salad: 1 bunch organic kale washed and chopped, 1 tsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil, 1 clove garlic minced, 1/2 tbsp minced fresh ginger, 1/2 tbsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce or soy aminos), 1 tsp honey, 1 tbsp sesame seeds… mix all dressing ingredients together and massage into kale, let sit for about 30 minutes before eating and enjoy
Second up is my toasted almond, cranberry quinoa salad (submitted to wellness weekend):
1 1/2 cup dried quinoa, cooked and cooled, 2 handfuls dried cranberries, 2 handfuls almonds toasted then chopped,1 large handful cilantro- 1/4 cup chopped,1 pint cherry tomatoes cut into quarters, 1 red or yellow pepper diced, 1 bunch green onion diced
dressing: juice from 1 large lime, 1 tbsp maple syrup,1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt
toss and let flavors mingle for a while in the fridge before serving
And just because… Taffy says hi