With the lack of labeling laws, it can be a difficult task to avoid genetically modified ingredients in our food supply. How can we really know if we are eating GMO foods? How can we be sure that the companies we are supporting are really trustworthy and ethical? With more and more of our valuable fertile soils and dwindling water supplies being polluted by toxic farming methods, it is vital that we become more aware of how to combat this growing threat and take control of our future. Here are just a few things we can do now to help in the fight against GMOs.
1. Read the labels!
Even if it is a product you have bought a thousand times, always read the labels. Check for the organic seal. Read the ingredients list. If there is any ingredient that you do not know, then take the time to look it up and see just what it is and where it comes from. Smaller companies are constantly being bought out by large corporations and when that happens the packaging rarely changes but the ingredients often do, so beware!
2. Stay Informed.
Sign up for online newsletters or check up regularly to see what’s new. Independent organizations such as Organic Consumers Association and Cornucopia are great at monitoring what’s going on in the natural foods industry and the battle against GMO giants for the right to know what’s in our food. Cornucopia routinely tests food products for GMO ingredients and what they have found in the past has been both shocking and informing! Many companies including Barbara’s, Annie’s, Bob’s Red Mill and Kashi to name a few, that produce certified organic products also produce products with similar packaging that are not 100 percent organic and DO contain GMO corn and/or soy.
3. Vote With Your Pocketbook
One of the best ways to stop GMO corporations is to eliminate their funding. This can be a little more difficult than it sounds. Many organic companies are now owned by much larger corporations who’s agenda is anything but anti-GMO. Companies such as Ben and Jerry’s, Silk, Horizon, Honest Tea and Odwalla all donated millions of dollars in campaigns AGAINST proposition 37 in California to label GMO’s. Please go to this link and take the pledge to boycott these companies.
4. Grow Something
Whether it’s a full fledged backyard garden or just a few potted plants, growing your own food can be a very empowering and educational experience for the whole family. Kale is a good one to start with. It is very hearty and easy to grow and one plant will last for quite awhile. Compost all organic waste including food scraps and cardboard. Connect with Hawaii Seed to find out when the next Kaua‘i seed exchange will be and how to save your own seed!
5. Pass on the Knowledge
Share what you have learned with friends and family. Teach your children about healthy food and how important it is to take care our bodies and of the land. Remember when we take care of the land the land will take care of us. If we are careless and ignorant, we may loose the invaluable resources of fertile soil and clean water that we depend on to sustain our existence. Let us all do what we can to raise awareness and share our knowledge. Much aloha. See you at The Hut!
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