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An article which theorizes (with research) that Roundup (the weedkiller that GMO's were bred to resist), may be the cause of the upswing in gluten intolerance. Although wheat is not a GMO it has been hybridized and farmers do use the weed killer on it - here's an excerpt:

"Increased use of Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide (trade name Roundup) could be the cause of the epidemic of “gluten intolerance”, according to a compelling new peer-reviewed report from two U.S. scientists. Farmers are now using glyphosate not only to control weeds but also to dry down wheat, rice, sugarcane and other crops just before harvest, resulting in higher residues in the foods we eat."


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Thank you for sharing this article. So much of the population is unaware of the GMO foods and the effects they have on the body.. Hubby and I have found that elimating as much of this from our diets as possible has made up healthier. Hubby has some family that farm and they have no idea how the GMO crops they grow really work. When we retire we have some property and we want to grow our own organtic food supply. Hopefully we will be able to do it

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Thanks for sharing. Great article! emoticon
While the term GMO is used only for gene splicing, it is still true that other forms of genetic manipulation (and I'm not talking about hybridizing or crossing here) are even more dangerous and often ignored. Any genetic changes made by exposing genes to chemicals or radiation have completely unpredictable results, far less predictable even then GMO.
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Very good article here is the link clickable

ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-998680

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I just ran across this.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-998680

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There is a good explanation of hybridization vs GMO in the February/March 2013 issue of Mother Earth News.

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It is terrifying how quickly GMO's have become unbiquitous.

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if breeding were GMOS we would be in a world of hurt because that has been around from the beginning of time. the GMOS are bad because of why they alter them, to accept weed killers, and the genes themselves are spliced with genes from other species. the body doesn't know what to do with them

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Crossing a variety with another is no a GMO......it is a hybrid a cross between......GMOs ae chemically changed....they only reproduce by using a chemical to make them grow.......GMOs have an adverse effect on the human genes they are showing up in the livers of unborn children. It is all a plan to control the food chain and make a profit for Monsanto and Bayer

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There has been a story in the news recently about GMO (the result of gene splicing) wheat, which is actually not officially on the market that was found in Oregon, many years after official testing of it was over. We have a lot of local farmers here that are very worried about the wheat price this year. Maybe they will finally seriously consider other crops. Unfortunately it is very difficult to transition thousands of acres (the size of average farm here is over 3000 acres) to a vegetables. Farm equipment is fairly specific for a few crops and so is the infrastructure to store, transport and sell it. Some farmers are looking towards raising smaller numbers of grass-fed cattle or producing hay, but there's not nearly as much money in that so it's usually a very small percentage of their business.
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Another concern is contamination, I have read of conventional crops being contaminated by near by GMO crops. Corn seed that is sold in Europe is tested to make sure it has not been contaminated by GMO crops. I also read where one farmer sued monsanto for contaminating his conventional corn

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Have to be sure we are defining GMO the same. The fact is that when you cross one variety of tomato with another variety, it is considered GMO - so any hybrid seed technically is GMO. However, the type of GMO foods we are concerned with are not crosses between similar plants, but when a gene is inserted which belongs to a different organism, such as inserting animal genes in vegetables. The producers of these "frankenfoods" seem to ignore the legitimate concerns that people have, especially regarding possible reactions for people with allergies to whatever these genes are taken from. What happens if you eat a supposedly safe food, but these companies went and inserted a gene into it from a food you are highly allergic too? And how can people with these allergies know what to avoid if the producers don't have to include that kind of information?

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All grain fed meat is gmo.... I am gmo because I ate the meat. I don't eat corn, soya and dairy lots of gmo there now..

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Gmo is everywhere I see chicken strips...well maybe then I read the ingredients like soya isolate, and soya particulate... and more soya words and I think gmo.... well sugar is gmo... wheat probably is and we don't know it yet... Hawaiin papayas... are gmo.... canola...and this is just off the top of my head... right corn on the cob... all corn gmo... peaches and cream gmo and natural foods... gmo

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In this global economy the only thing that works is probably demand and supply. If everyone buys organic (or at least most people) then the price for GMO crap will go low enough that it is not worth growing any more except maybe for 3rd world markets.
We also need to support CSA's and other local producers of quality food, as customers, but also by giving them free advertisement via word of mouth. I love the eatwild website.
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I have sent e-mails and signed petitions to my US Senators and Congressmen and State representatives. I also have gone to "Town Meetings" with the state senator and congressman and asked them to speak out against GMO's.

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I sign many petitions against GMOS but it seam that our elected officials feel they can ignore the people they were elected to serve, in other words they have been bought by monsanto and big agri business

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So, for those of you in the USA - how many of you have written to your Congressman about this? I have...






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That is the reason I would only eat grass-fed meat and, in the case of poultry, meat from organic grain-fed animals that are on pasture.
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I read an article recently that said that the GMO genes in corn fed to cows and pigs is showing up in their meat. Since we are eating that meat, will it show up in us? Now that is scary stuff, especially if you think about the genetic mutations it could cause in our children in a few generations.

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It's a process to eliminate GMO's entirely, but over the past couple years I've managed to eliminate a good deal of them. GMO's are in practically everything to some degree. Scary stuff.

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So true, we can only try to limit our exposure.
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Even if what is planted is heirloom and organically grown, there is a risk of it having cross pollenated with a GMO. A number of countries in Europe have quir buying or require genetic testing of corn grown in the US due to the cross pollination with GMO's.

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I can look up some details later today. Almost all commercial crops have been bred to increase either starch or sugar content and to encourage uniform ripening that allows huge mono-cultures. In our area they grow garbanzos in fields that are hundreds of acres large, just like wheat. Before GMO and even still now developing new and commercially more viable (meaning productive and disease resistant) varieties is often done with radiation and chemicals that chance the genetic material, but in a way that is extremely unpredictable, even far worse than GMO.

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@Birgit - Legumes? I wasn't aware that anything had been done to legumes other than soy.






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Hi, thanks for the information, I read the article that is good to know. The produce manager at my store said that organic referd only to sprays, now I know for sure

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This is why I don't eat any sugar, grains or legumes. They have been genetically modified either by gene splicing (GMO) or by chemicals or radiation. That's how we treat cancer, and we know that these methods cause as much cancer as they cure. Eat organic but also try to eat and grow heirloom varieties of vegetables, not modern breeds.
This is what the paleo diet is based on, to avoid even animal products that were fed unnatural foods like grains, soy and legumes.
It works great for me.
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Good comment, Gabby, all of it. All canola is GMO. Sugar beets are GMO. Watch your labels when you buy sugar. You may need to inquire of the manufacturer.

I gave a speech in a college class on the subject of GMO food in 2002. By then, 60% of corn was already GMO.

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"just because something says "organic" on it does not mean that it does not contain GMs. In fact, it can still contain up to 30% GMs, so be sure the labels say 100% organic."

Just so you know - the Big 3 GMO are corn, soy and canola. They were primarily genetically modified to survive while the herbicide Round up killed all the weeds around them. They are ruining not only our health but the environment due to runb off into our water supply for one example.
They now force cattle to eat corn, which they were not designed by nature to do, and therefore have to be given antibiotics because they get sick more often. If you're a beef eater, you are technically also supporting GMO, unless you are eating grass fed and pasteured not finished on feed lots..

Also...from a friends blog:
Cotton - engineered to produce Bt toxin. The seeds are pressed into cottonseed oil, which is a common ingredient in vegetable oil and margarine.

Dairy - Cows injected with GE hormone rBGH/rBST; possibly fed GM grains and hay.

Sugar. In 2012 the FDA approved GMO Beet Sugars to be allowed to be sold on the market under the name.... "SUGAR" So now, when we go to buy "All Natural" Breyer's Ice Cream, we can't even know for sure that we are actually eating regular natural cane sugar. If you see "CANE SUGAR" there's a good chance it's not GMO. This is one of the biggest frustrations with labelling, as sugar is in so many things, and we might be avoiding food that POSSIBLY has GMO sugar, but really does not.

Recognize fruit and vegetable label numbers. (I like this, although it involves a lot more reading)

If it is a 4-digit number, the food is conventionally produced.
If it is a 5-digit number beginning with an 8, it is GM. However, do not trust that GE foods will have a PLU identifying it as such, because PLU labeling is optional. [4]
If it is a 5-digit number beginning with a 9, it is
organic.[5]


I suggest you read her blog. It also answers your question about Cerftified Organic very well

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Thanks for sharing the link. I am one that is very opposed the GMO foods and want it all to be labeled as such. We do not need to be eating it. B ut the large chemical companies have been able to put their products on the market regardless of the damage it does to people and animals. I will not get on my soapbox here about it, but everyone that values their health needs to look into it.

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Here are 2 links to articles about what the definition of "certified organic" means
www.organic.org/home/faq
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_certif
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Basically no chemical fertilizers, sewage sludge, non-organic pesticides, and GMO free.

The USDA has identified for three categories of labeling organic products:

100% Organic: Made with 100% organic ingredients

Organic: Made with at least 95% organic ingredients

Made With Organic Ingredients: Made with a minimum of 70% organic ingredients with strict restrictions on the remaining 30% including no GMOs (genetically modified organisms)

Products with less than 70% organic ingredients may list organically produced ingredients on the side panel of the package, but may not make any organic claims on the front of the package.

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Hi, question can you assume that if a food be it plant or animal that if it is certified organic that it is GMO free. I have been told that that is the case but I thought that organic meant not sprayed or chemically fertilized.

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