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10/22/13 4:43 P

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I must be living under a rock because i don;t know what GMO's are

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10/22/13 7:52 A

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I am very blessed to be able to choose great food for myself, local grown, un-messed-with.

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I fuuly support labeling, but everything we eat and breathe will have some sort of effect on out life and I believe my shifting and rotating work schedule does far more detrement than GMO's. Let's face it, if I were to want to go 100% organic and natural it would be a full time job at least. I vote my priorities with my wallet. That's what matters most to big business.

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10/22/13 12:47 A

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I know that in our community there are more and more local food systems (CSA's, food co-ops) that donate food items to local food banks to make healthy and organic foods available to people who can't afford them. Our local food bank now grows organic veggies and takes donations of those from the community. There are also more and more community gardens where people who don't own land can use a small plot for growing stuff, either free or very low-cost, often with tools and seed donated. These types of things need to be wider-spread.
In smaller communities buying local (and knowing the producer) can be just as good as buying organic. I know that in our small town of about 500 people at least 100 fruit trees and bushes are going unharvested every year. There are apple trees, pear trees, nut trees, berry bushes, wild plum trees ... I'm hoping to raise awareness to make this fruit available for people who are willing to pick.
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10/21/13 10:48 P

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I would like everyone to be able to afford organic food. I can not afford organic. I am aware that the food is not all labeled. I like locally grown but they seem to be expensive. I live on a fixed income and need to buy cheaper food. Linda from bean town

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I would agree with you.

As for being active - I do vote and sign appropriate petitions; however, I don't have the funds to properly provide for my family. I live off disability and there just isn't any to give.

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Would you consider becoming politically active to ensure a safe food and water supply in you country?
yes. by voting, signing petitions and giving a few bucks to the cause.

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I believe in freedom and personal choice. Just Label It!!! Let us decide what we put in our bodies.

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10/21/13 3:13 P

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GMOs need to be taken individually. I believe some are ok and some are harmful. For instance I believe that the reason our children have so many neurological issues nowadays is due to all the chemicals in our foods. All of my grand children, nieces and nephews and their children have some sort of issue. AAD, ADHD, put some letters together and someone has it. Before they had names and medicines it was difficult to deal with. What is interesting to me is that my ADHD daughter refuses to take medicine but through exercise and natural foods she is able to go through life without issue. I personally take a million medications. I lost weight, exercise regularly and eat much more naturally and I am getting off my medications one by one. Wheat is no longer chemically wheat do to excessive mutation. There are now so many people that can't eat it. It seems to be a two-edged sword. Testing doesn't always cut it. Testing does not tell you what the long term effects may be. Children are physically developing much earlier these days mostly do to the hormones given to the animals we eat. Some chemicals are known to either cause cancer or add to neurological issues and many of them are not needed. Why do we need dyes in the processed food? It makes it look more natural but many of them are known to cause damage. They are taken out in other countries. Why do the processed foods need to last for a year or better? Some chemicals are safer than others yet the FDA does not make the food processors get rid of the harmful ones until the population starts screaming about it. The so called testing is monitored by $$ not by facts.

Personally I want to now what is in my food and I want to know about any GMO products. I don't have a lot of money and I can't go completely natural. Even the "natural" foods have chemicals these days. I would love to shop the organic fruits and vegetables but I just don't have the money. I do use organic whole grain products whenever possible. I use very little bleached flour. They add nutrients because the bleaching takes them out. We don't need pure white flour. Who asked for it? It doesn't add anything to the quality of our life. I use organic when I can. I use milk without the growth hormone. I use unprocessed as much as possible but unfortunately I can't go without some processed foods but I believe the fewer the better and the more I know about my food the better. I could really go on this subject a long time but I'm sure I have already said too much. Have a great day!


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10/21/13 12:58 P

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Skirnir,
interesting that you thought I would not like your answers. I actually agree with a lot of what you said and disagree with some of it. And the fact that people don't talk about this issue nearly as much as I would have hoped is by far the greatest concern to me. As people respectfully disagree and engage in dialogue they learn new things and sometimes very important things.

I also think that labeling would seem fine because I believe in empowering consumers.
I do avoid GMO's for the most part but am not nearly as careful about it as about avoiding sugar or wheat because I consider the danger less (it's just that wheat and sugar have to be labeled).
I don't honestly know if GMO's are necessary to support current world population, but if they are then having GMO's as one option for some countries may be a good idea if they are sufficiently tested for safety.
I agree that natural is not always healthy, in fact most toxins are natural, it is often the concentration of toxins through processing that is dangerous. Even water is toxic in very high doses to the human body.
Whether GMO's have been sufficiently scientifically tested by unbiased scientists (who don't have a financial or other interest in the outcome) is a matter of much debate. I have my doubts.
I agree that fear of things we can't pronounce, including processed foods is not rational. The question to me is more if "processed foods" are indeed foods or just food-like substances that have their uses but should not be consumed because our bodies don't recognize them as food.
On the sodium issue I agree that we all need to be careful to match our bodies need to our consumption. Being on a low-carb diet I require about 2 extra grams of salt per day so I need to make sure I get enough or will get muscle cramps.
And of course I agree, homemade is almost always better. emoticon

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10/21/13 12:18 P

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You asked... so I will answer, but you won't like my answers.
1. Labeling seems fine to me.
2. I do not avoid GMOs and from what I have heard we couldn't even support our current population with the added harvest that GMOs have created. Need to look up data to support that, but today is supposed to be cleaning day at my house.
3. I don't really have concerns when it comes to GMOs. I have no believe that natural is always better. Things should be tested and as long as scientifically they prove to be non-hazardous than they are fine with me. Many natural things are hazardous to our health and lives, so I see no reason to believe that natural is necessarily better than human modified. Never really understood people's fear of things they can't pronounce, meaning processed foods. Yes, I limit processed foods in my diet, but it is more due to sodium content and my own preferences. I like the taste of things I make better.


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10/21/13 8:58 A

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The discussion is heating up in my home state, Washington, as the voters will decide about GMO labeling. We are eating mostly organic foods, which, by definition, are supposed to be GMO-free, but not everyone can afford that. So I'm curious what maintainers think about this issue.
Do you want labeling (nationwide)?
Do you avoid GMO's (by buying organic or certified GMO-free)?
Do you voice your concern (one way or th other)?
Are you aware of legislation about GMO's in other countries?
Are you aware which foods contain GMO's and how these foods are different?
(herbicide/pesticide resistance, herbicide/pesticide producing etc., yield increasing, nutrient changing etc.)
Would you consider becoming politically active to ensure a safe food and water supply in you country?

I was thinking that those of us who have maintained for a while may have more of a responsibility to educate others in this area and want to do my share locally to do this.

Birgit

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 10/21/2013 (10:24)
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