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TSISQUAUSDI
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11/28/13 9:18 P

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GMO - "Frankenfoods" - scare the hell out of me! Monsanto and Bayer say that they are making changes so that they can feed more people. What good is feeding more people, if what they are feeding them is poison?

Here in Central Florida, we still have a lot of farming, and many people keep bees. How can these crops be pollinated if the bees are killed off from these creations? Really scarey! All I can do is my best to preserve what I can. Set up Mason bee hives, and grow organic, from seed to harvest. No chemical presticides; no chemical fertilizers. I like to know for certain what's in my food!

Until we meet again - Peace.

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WHITEANGEL4
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10/18/13 6:23 P

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GMO seed cannot grow without being sprayed with a herbicide. you cannot grow from these seeds. The farmers have to purchase new seeds each season and spray with the required herbicide to germinate the seed. Unfortunately there is no law requiring that these crops have to be labeled as GMO. When you purchase at your local grocery, etc you cannot tell if they are GMO. If so labelled they would carry a skull and cross bone as they are poison. The only way you can be sure is to know your local growers. The major companies Monsanto nd Bayer are trying to put yhe local natural or organic farmers out of business.

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SHARJOPAUL
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10/14/13 7:35 P

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Speaking of pollinators, I read something several years ago that said if bees died off there would be worldwide famine with in 3 years! Creating GMOs to withstand herbicides is going on now, how far off is creating GMOs to withstand pesticides?



GREBJACK
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10/14/13 5:27 A

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Not to mention what it can do to the world food supply if the insecticide producing genes in GMO corn end up in everything our pollinators need to eat to stay alive and pollinating for us.


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SHARJOPAUL
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10/13/13 5:49 P

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You have hit the hearth of the issue! Their pollen is out there, they are cross pollinating with non-GMO plants and that is part of why a number of countries now refuse to buy US corn. At a time when our government is worried about trade deficits, and having to raise the debt ceiling, how can it condone something like gmo which could devastate our economy even more.



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10/12/13 8:23 P

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What bothers me is that the GMO genes are out in the wild now, spreading on the wind or the legs of bumble bees, or when grain falls off the truck in route. It's crazy to imagine that once it's planted we can keep it from spreading into everything. I can buy GMO-free as much as I want, but I really think my lot is cast with all the folks who can't afford to be so picky about what they buy, or just aren't tuned in to the issue. If GMOs are planted in North America, they're going to get into my CSA's fields, into my food, and into my honeybees' hives.


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JANEYBEE
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10/10/13 1:27 A

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Even if there were no harm in 'genetically modified' and we don't know yet, think about the main use for the modification: so they can spray Round Up everywhere! What do you think is in all the GMO corn and soybeans after spraying a systemic pesticide? Unsafe amounts are absorbed. I was listening to an older podcast of "You Bet Your Garden" while driving today and almost pulled over to replay and focus on the idea.

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ADAPTABLE_ELLEN
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10/9/13 11:38 P

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I have seen some of those reports and they are terrifying. Most mothers that I know are highly educated and are buying organic. I live in a progressive area with access to CSA's and farmer's markets. I wish everyone had the same opportunities that we have here in Colorado.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

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10/8/13 11:11 P

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Ellen you should check into the effects of GMOs on humans. They are fining GMOs in the livers of unborn children. Soybeans are a really big GO crop along with corn.

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JANEYBEE
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10/5/13 11:17 P

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I agree that it is my responsibility to read labels, but I also think that comments like dietician Becky's should reflect science and not advertisers. Maybe she really does believe that there is no difference.

Janey

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ADAPTABLE_ELLEN
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10/5/13 8:32 P

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Dietician Becky certainly doesn't have an easy job. Controversy is guaranteed whenever food is discussed.

Since most sugar and HFCS are GMO, you can probably argue that neither is worse for you. However, I can't put organic sugar in the same category. Sure, it isn't good for you either, but I find it hard to believe that it's as toxic as GMO sweeteners. We really don't know enough about how GMOs are affecting us and Monsanto will squash research as much as possible.



Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

Ellen


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GREBJACK
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10/5/13 6:25 P

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Can I speak up on behalf of Dietitian Becky? I don't think what she writes is based on who advertises on the site. I think she really is arguing that table sugar and HFCS are both chemical products rather than food but that HFCS is no worse than sugar for your body. She's not writing about the environment - she's just writing about human nutrition - and our remarkable bodies really do survive just about any poison we put in them if we do it in small enough quantities.

I'd love it if SparkPeople refused ads that didn't support its mission, but I guess the site never made me any such promise - they just promised me that the site will always be free to me because it is ad supported. So I take it as my responsibility to be an informed consumer. Caveat emptor.


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ADAPTABLE_ELLEN
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10/1/13 12:42 A

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I was looking at something on Amazon and came back to SP to see it and other similar products in a SP ad. It's not just NSA watching us

We need to be vigilant about reading labels. I found several products that used to advertise no HFCS are now using it. It was only habit that had me reading the label. I was also shocked to find that my chewable B-12 has sucralose in it. Don't know how I missed that. Then there's the PGPR in Hershey's chocolate.

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

Ellen


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GABBY308
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9/30/13 11:24 A

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I agree with you all but did you ever notice that a lot of the ads are geared towards you specifically? I notice that sometimes if I'm on a website I come to SP and see and ad for it. For example, right now I have an ad for Territorial Seed Company with a picture of garlic and yesterday that's exactly what I was looking at.

It was the SP "dietician" who wrote that article saying that HFCS was no worse than sugar or other "natural" sweeteners like honey etc. That was based on some study which did not take in to account the effect on the environment among other things. HFCS is so insidious. I forgot what it was I almost put in my cart at the supermarket the other day but it was something you would never thought had HFCS in it but it did. I was glad that I read the label almost as an afterthought.








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KOKOEK9
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9/30/13 12:25 A

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yea and look who is paying their bills, that is why they do it MONEY

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JANEYBEE
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9/30/13 12:10 A

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Spark people has a commentary that comes around now and then about how high fructose corn syrup isn't a bad thing. Go figure.

Janey

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WHITEANGEL4
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9/28/13 10:50 P

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I am a firm believer in the anti GMO movement. This is a total movement to control all the crops grown. They do not want anyone to grow organic foods for consumption of the public. Most of the foreign countries will not allow our crops to be imported if they are GMO

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SHARJOPAUL
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9/28/13 3:14 P

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I agree with you!
A site that is based on eating healthy and exercising, should take a good look at the ads it runs to be sure that it does not go against those ideas. Even if only a very small percentage of the negative information about GMOs is true supporting them goes against the healthy lifestyle SP encourages!



KOKOEK9
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9/28/13 2:01 P

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I agree, they hire somebody to put adds in but they should tell them that certain kinds of ads are not acceptable

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ADAPTABLE_ELLEN
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9/28/13 1:48 P

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I'm disgusted with those ads and SP for running them. Hey moderator, how about an article on the horrors of GMO's!

Remember, nobody can go back to the very beginning and make a brand new start, but anyone can start here and make a brand new end.

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results."

Ellen


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9/28/13 1:39 P

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There is an ad here on SP about Washington State farmers backing "No to 522". I thought they had a valid reason. It turns out that they are spewing the Monsanto line that it would cost families more for non-GMO. I'm really getting tired of those ads and am a little disappointed that SP would run such garbage on the site.

Ruth

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