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Month: May 2017

Why I love Meat

Why I love Meat

I love meat, always have and always will.  Nobody can talk me out of it, I’m a born Carnivore.  Before we get to the meat of the subject, let’s talk about portions for a moment.  Each of us is unique, each of us has a […]

How to Overcome Emotional Eating

How to Overcome Emotional Eating

  Hi, my name is Candice and I’m an emotional eater.  I have struggled with this condition for nearly 25 years of my life.  It took me a few years to realize that something was wrong when I started gaining more and more.  It took […]

Why Eat Organic Foods?

Why Eat Organic Foods?

I get asked a lot about why eat organic foods.  I ask why people eat GMO’s.  I get a funny look and “what are you talking about”?  Organic food is produced without genetic engineering, sewage sludge, and ionized radiation.  Organic food is strictly monitored by the USDA.  The USDA’s website can be found here.  There is a national list of permitted and prohibited ingredients.  When you visit a farm that is certified organic by the USDA they perform by strict guidelines.  Their fruits, vegetables, eggs, dairy and meat are taken care of properly and as nature intended.  You can even find organic beer, wine and pet foods.  When you look at products with the USDA Organic seal, this does not mean that the ingredients are 100%.  They must meet the minimum of 70% or higher.  To find out more about organic alcohol click here.  The guidelines are made for our safety and they are costly for the farmers, hence the price difference in the grocery stores.  Organic is better for us.  Support your local farmer by purchasing directly from them and it will save you $$.

Organic bananas

GMO’s are Genetically Modified Organisms created protect crops against insects.  The problem is that the insects have acclimated to this modification and developed an immunity.  We now have Super Bugs because of this intervention into nature, they are harder to kill.  One way of getting hybrid crops is in the gene splicing, introducing plant A to plant B during breeding.  Introducing new DNA into a plant for better production can lead to unforeseen outcomes.  The debate is whether GMO’s are toxic and the research I have read tells me it is.   The pesticides that are sprayed on crops such as corn, soy, rice, and canola are the same pesticides giving cancer to lab rats.  True, we aren’t rats but we can get cancer from our environment.

Fertilizer truck on a farm

I have a personal story in all of this.  Our daughter has been diagnosed with a “genetic disorder” but nobody in the family has the gene, is a carrier or has fragmented gene.  The genetics department says she is a “spontaneous mutation”.  So, I ask again why eat GMO’s?  They have been proven to change our DNA over time.  There are more and more “syndromes” and “diseases” in the past 65 years, since the industrial revolution when our food changed.  Maybe it’s time to ask why.

 

I hope you like this post and it was thought provoking.

 

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Farm Fresh Markets

Farm Fresh Markets

  Farmers markets are an excellent way of getting produce fresh and cheap.  Most states have a list of local farmers markets on the USDA website here.  Feel free to ask them about their farming practices and if they are registered organic.  If you live […]