Cultural Food – Relationships With Food « The Optimal HealthCare Group

In Yoga we strive for a balance in the body and with the world.   In our diets we do the same.

The eater and the eaten (food) have a relationship developed over time.

From this comes cultural foods,  ethnic foods that keep people healthy.   Read this story and learn how different cultures eating different food

Cultural Food – Relationships With Food « The Optimal HealthCare Group
.s can potentially all be healthy!

Re-posted by Janr Ssor


Who Eats The Mice? – Thanatopsis!

Some things in nature are so mind blowing, that a picture of it says a thousand words.  When I was little, I read the gristly poem Thanatopsis.

It made many children more aware of the end of life than was needed as it was forced reading in school.  Did it comfort us as some claim?  I think it was unlikely!  Yet, it did focus on the end of “physical” being in a way few have and so it was novel and creative.   This morning I also noticed such an event but I will not wax poetic, let me allow technology to do it for me.

Can you tell what it is?  If not here are some words to help.  The carcass is a small shriveled up mouse and the diners are large powerful brightly colored beetles of some kind.  They are so strong that they lift and turn the much bigger carcass as they proceed to dine on it.


2012 Best Gluten Free Bread – Purity Gluten Free Bread

As a holistic doctor,  I recommend a Paleo like diet, and here is why:  Humans have lived in a primitive conditions, where they ate a Paleo diet,  for at least nearly 4 million years.  Four million years ago is believed to be when the first cavemen  appeared.   It is therefore very likely we evolved to eat basic whole foods such as meat, fish, chicken and vegetables.  Grains were not common as it took civilization to cultivate and grow enough grains to create bread and other grain products.   So why am I promoting a bread?  Well, I did say “Paleo Like” diet.   Having some grains in your diet, especially whole grains, low carb ones,  in small quantities, is probably tolerable for many people.  If you believe this and would like to have some bread in your diet,  this may be the best choice.  I love to have a hamburger now and then as part of  my diet and good healthier breads like the one below make it possible.  I use only grass fed beef and  pickles that are fermented, not vinegar pickles.  So lets talk about a bread that is good tasting and make by people who really care about quality and your health,  the Julian bakery.   I give them 5 Stars for ethics and quality!

Need a low carb,  gluten free,  dairy free,  yeast free,  sugar free bread?   How about one that tastes good, and has rave reviews?  Well here is a source for one and take the time to read the ingredients because it is some of the best you will find anywhere!

Check out these great ingredients!  Purity Bread is made with the highest quality ingredients on the market today that include freshly ground raw buckwheat, millet, freshly ground flax seed for maximum nutrition and short grain brown rice from the central delta of Ethiopia, combined with white and brown Teff to provide high fiber protein and good quality carbohydrates. It also has 13 sprouted, ground beans for even more protein, lentils, garbonzo beans, onion, sea salt and guar gum.

McAfee Is The Virus!

My new Acer Win 7 Computer arrived with McAfee preinstalled.  I knew from previous experience that McAfee  caused conflicts with some programs I use, so I purchased Trendmicro and uninstalled McAfee… I thought!  Then I spent hours installing custom programs we use at our office. 

Over the weekend I did not use the computer.  When I came back to work Monday,  ALL my new installs of programs were  gone!  Hours of work!  McAfee had risen from the dead and not only removed Trendmicro, without permission, but also remove ALL my hours of work.

Days earlier,  I had personally watched McAfee uninstall as Trendmicro would not install until McAfee was gone. I even ran the TaskManager to be sure it was gone.  How did it re-install?  I still have no idea.

Today I started to  again tried to uninstall it, but this time it refused to uninstall!  I was busy so I had my staff call McAfee who then showed  them how to uninstall it when the usual process would not work.  Just to be sure,  I later ran TaskManager.  Guess what?  It had uninstalled as it did the first day.  To be sure checked “services”  and I found a small McAfee “service.”   Now I had an idea how it had destroyed my work!  I tried stopping the service but could not.

We searched online and found the McAfee support again, at least it claimed to be McAfee support  (I would not use this link!)  They were of course Indian.  They asked to log into the computer and my staff member let them via   Then when they told her the computer had hundreds of Trojans and the registry was badly damaged.   They wanted $200.00 to fix it.   She was suspicious. She called me.  As I tried to get the tech to explain this damage,  I was closing down all the windows he had opened and logging him off.  I then re-booted.  I told him I though I would call ACER and I then hung up.   Of course the computer was fine,  other than the small McAfee service.  I then looked on the Internet and found how to use Command line code to uninstall this service (others had had this issue too!).  This finally,  I hope did it!  The TaskManger showed no McAfee after I restarted.

If you like and trust McAfee,  good luck to you!  I have never seen it work well.  Now I will never trust them for anything!

Indian Point, Inside View

Nuclear plants routinely experience temporary shutdowns due to hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. No one gets irradiated. No meltdowns occur. Every costly study proving precautions safe begets another as it’s not the answer the Anties (anti—nukers) want to hear. Although 9-11 terrorists flew past (for good reason, no study), The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) financed a study showing no release of radiation due to a fully loaded 767 crashing into Containment OR Spent Fuel buildings. The only meltdown in the 40 years of nuclear power in our country (Three Mile Island, 1979) hurt no one because of sound reactor design. No‘ one mentioned that Indian Point, unlike Fukushima in Japan, has 6 large water tanks within it’s Containment building to quench the reactor, whether outside power or pumps are available or not. Anties want you to believe anyone with knowledge, even the NRC or FEMA, must be lying to protect their jobs, except them.

How about petitioning to open Yucca Mountain (ten years late due to Anties) to remove spent fuel and resolve the leaking pools issue they say is contaminating our water and possibly air, rendering property values useless? Also, propose a reprocessing plant at Yucca to re—enrich the 30 years of fuel, reducing the amount of mining for fresh ore. Envision Anties saying transporting the fuel is too dangerous, prostrating themselves in front of trucks leaving the plants.

Considering Indian Point runs 24/7 saving 2,000 gallons of oil / minute (68,00barrels/day) or 1.4 million rail cars of coal / year, it trips off—line as it’s designed to do about as frequently as a cars’ ‘check engine’ light comes up, and it’s about as big a deal! After running steady for hundreds of days, law (thanks again Anties) requires notifying the press, needlessly alarming the public to make the plant seem “troubling”. You may fix the usually non—nuclear broken part or resolve the external electric grid disturbance in hours, but public perception is clouded.

Indian Points’ 2,000MW (megawatts) is properly close to a high-demand region, costing us dearly if not available. Your electric bill will rise, and, taxes for lighting streets, municipal buildings, and schools. For 30 years Anties have been saying we have alternatives. Why aren’t they in place by now?

A 90MW, 90 windmill Windfarm in Illinois occupies 5,500 acres. It would require 114 square miles for 2,000 MW. You need a solar collector of 48 square miles to equal 2,000MW for energy available 25% of the day (6hrs) when shining, 0% when not, and always 0% when you need it at night. Storing it means you’re not using it, requiring many batteries. The biggest Superfund cleanup remediation, bigger than Love Canal, was just completed right here on the Hudson in Cold Spring from the dumping of Cadmium from only one battery plant!

So when you plug in your electric car at night when there’s no wind and the sun is on the other side of the earth, how does it charge?

FRANK J . RICEVUTO J R. Nelsonville, Putnam County, N.V. Retired Sr. Nuclear Electrical Technician 35 years @Indian Point Unit 1,2,3

MotorCycle Safetly

When Biking,  Seeing  Is Not Just Believing, But Safety!

Today was a beautiful day so I went for a ride on the Bike. Now this bike is great on a sunny day but it gets hot so you tend to flip up the face shield and let the air hit your face.  If you have ever been hit in the eye by  a bug doing 65 Mph,  you will never do it a second ti

me.  So there are options.

You can wear glasses and this what it might look like:

Now the glasses are a bit hard to see because they are Rimless.  However they cover my eyes but NOT enough for safety.

Bugs and dust definitely can and do get around them and it can hurt!

So here below is what it looks like when you have a nice pair of biker glasses on.  Note that these have a tint that enhances contrast and they are polarized to stop glare…  and yes this last thing can hide an oil slick so it is not perfect. So… get them without the polarization and get an anti-glare tint.

Why are these glasses worth owning?  Take a look:

First of all they look great but secondly,  they are designed to fit under the helmet with no issues.   Look carefully and you will note that they have a special shield of black rubber that you can see through the frame as displayed in the picture but not on my face,  other than slightly on the bottom edge now that you know what to look for.  What this does, is keep nearly everything that might hit you out of your eyes.  Look at the back here:

These magnetic rubber shields can be removed if you wish in just a second but keep them on when you ride. They just about seal the frame to your face but they still let the air in to prevent fogging!

If you like to ride on a hot day like today,  as I do,  then do the right thing for your comfort by letting the air in and keeping the bugs out!

Does this look like a commercial?  Well it will be,  it is going in my newsletter’s next edition at Holistic Vision Care of  Brewster NY.   However,  it was inspired by my ride today and my thoughts of those who do not know what a great option these glasses are.  By the way,  this particular pair that I am wearing are from Liberty Sport and they are prescription,  though they can be made either way.

Janr Ssor  (Dr Joe Ross)

I Pulled the Plug on My Website

The author now directs people to his Facebook page. Should you follow his lead? By  Justin Bazan, O.D., Park Slope, N.Y.

I pulled the plug on my practice website. It was a quick death. It took only a few keystrokes and with a click of the “okay” button, it was over. So, why did I pull the plug on my practice website? The answer is, in terms of marketing my practice, the website was dying a slow painful death and needed to be put down. Before I did so, I tried to find a single person who thought shutting it down was a good (not even great) idea. Nobody thought so.

Click Here To Read The Story… » The Real Reason Gas Costs $4+ A Gallon

Published: April 02, 2012

In his latest column for the New York Times Magazine, Adam Davidson cites Gal Luft, an oil expert who dismisses political proposals from the left and the right to lower the price of gas. We asked him to elaborate in the following post.

When in December 2008, 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl asked Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi how much it cost Saudi Arabia to produce one barrel of oil, he didn’t blink: “Probably less than $2 to produce a barrel.”

If it costs only $2 to produce a barrel of oil, then why do we pay over $105 a barrel?

Wall Street, Big Oil, President Obama, the Fed, environmentalists, the EPA have all been accused of pinching hardworking Americans at the pump.

But there is a much more important player that gets much less attention: OPEC.

Members of the oil cartel sit on top of nearly 80 percent of the world’s conventional crude reserves. Yet they account for only a third of global oil production.

We need oil now more than ever. In the past three decades, global oil demand grew 45 percent.

During that same time, OPEC’s production increased by merely 19 percent, despite the fact that two new countries (Angola and Ecuador) joined the cartel during that time.

Clearly, OPEC could produce more oil if it wanted to. But it won’t.

The reason is that OPEC countries produce almost nothing but oil. Their population is growing by leaps and bounds, and because Saudis pay no income tax, the House of Saud will need more and more money to keep its citizens happy, and avoid the fate of toppled leaders in Libya, Egypt and elsewhere.

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So what happens if we produce more oil?   OPEC, simply cuts back to keep prices rising and maintaining their profits.    What does a Cartel mean?  Consider this definition:  a collusive international association of independent enterprises formed to monopolize production and distribution of a product or service, control prices, etc.

The largest wave of recorded suicides in human history

The “Massive Con” Causing a Suicide Every 30 Minutes

Story at-a-glance

  • The introduction of genetically engineered seeds, and the coercion of Indian farmers to use them, has led to the largest wave of recorded suicides in human history
  • More than a quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide over the past 16 years as their crops have failed, leaving them in financial ruin, largely as a result of Monsanto’s genetically engineered seeds (especially Bt cotton); an Indian farmer commits suicide every 30 minutes, typically by ingesting his own pesticides
  • Bt cotton is much more expensive than traditional cotton seed, requires more water and pesticides, and has failed to produce the increased crop yields promised by Monsanto
  • India’s government has largely abandoned small farmers, discontinuing support programs and failing to address factors such as lack of rural credit and access to irrigation, among others, and new government programs have barely scratched the surface of this crisis

Reprinted with permission of  Dr Joseph Mercola:

It’s been called the “largest wave of recorded suicides in human historyi.”

Indian farmers have been robbed of their livelihoods, causing them to take their own lives in despair.

Over the past 16 years, it is estimated that more than a quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide.

Who is responsible for this tragedy?

The most obvious culprits are global corporations like Monsanto, Cargill and Syngenta and the genetically engineered seed they have forced upon farmers worldwide.

None are hit harder than those in India, where socioeconomic and environmental factors have magnified the impact, making it almost impossible for these farmers to survive.

In fact, genetically engineered seeds are so fundamental to the problem that it’s been termed “GM Genocide.”ii

The rate of Indian farmer suicides has greatly increased since the introduction of Bt cotton in 2002iii.

This is not a pleasant subject to read about, but it is a necessary one… one that can help you understand why it’s so important to continue fighting seed monopolies with ever-increased resolve.

I experienced the Indian farmers’ plight firsthand while spending two weeks in India, where I saw for myself the devastating effects of GM seed upon the lives and livelihoods of these rural farmers.

I worked closely with Organic India, a company helping more than 150,000 farmers change back to time-honored methods of producing high quality plants and herbs. If you have any doubts about the dire global implications of GM crops, the plight of these farmers should put those doubts to rest.

I personally visited India when I met with Organic India.

A Farmer Commits Suicide by Pesticide Every 30 Minutes in India

The statistics are staggering. According to a publication from the New York University School of Lawiv, in 2009 alone (the most recent year for which official figures are available) 17,638 Indian farmers committed suicide—that’s one farmer every 30 minutes. A great number of those affected are cash crop farmers, and cotton farmers in particular.

Cotton exemplifies India’s general shift toward cash crop cultivation, a shift that has contributed significantly to farmer vulnerability. The cotton industry, like other cash crops in India, has been dominated by foreign mega-corporations that promote genetically modified seeds and exert increasing control over the entire agricultural industry. Most farmer suicides are a direct result of overwhelming indebtedness. And the suicide numbers may be grossly underestimated.

According to the authors of the NYU report:

“While striking on their own, these figures considerably underestimate the actual number of farmer suicides taking place. Women, for example, are often excluded from farmer suicide statistics because most do not have title to land—a common prerequisite for being recognized as a farmer in official statistics and programs.”

The general trend over time is increasing suicides, despite the generally decreasing numbers of Indians performing farming each year, which makes the statistics even starker: It’s estimated that more than 250,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide so far. But this problem is not limited to India, as the suicide rate for farmers is higher worldwide than for the non-farming population.

In the Midwestern U.S., suicide rates among male farmers are twice that of the overall population. In Britain, one farmer commits suicide every week.v

For every Indian farmer who takes his own life, a family is hounded by the debt he leaves behind, typically resulting in children dropping out of school to become farmhands, and surviving family members themselves frequently committing suicide out of hopelessness and despair. The Indian government’s response to the crisis—largely in the form of limited debt relief and compensation programs—has failed to address the magnitude and scope of the problem or its underlying

India’s “Suicide Belt”

India is an agrarian country, populated by 1.1 billion people, about 60 percent of whom are directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture. Two-thirds of farmer suicides occur in five Indian states/territories, which has come to be known as India’s “Suicide Belt”: Maharastra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Chattisgarh. The worst area is Maharastra. In 2007, there were 4,238 farmer suicides in this state alone, accounting for one fourth of the total farmer suicides in India that year. These territories represent zones of highly diversified, commercialized agriculture where cash crops dominate—especially Bt cotton, grown from Monsanto’s genetically modified cotton seed. So, what is it about genetically engineered seed that is so damaging for Indian farmers?

Genetically Engineered Seeds Spell Global Disaster

There are four primary factors directly related to the use of genetically engineered seed that contribute heavily to this grim situation:

  1. Compared to traditional seed, genetically engineered seeds are very expensive and have to be repurchased every planting season
  2. Genetically engineered crops require much more water to grow, have much higher requirements for fertilizer and pesticide, in spite of Monsanto’s claims to the contraryvii and, in spite of their cost to farmers, provide NO increased yield

While companies like Monsanto have plenty of blood on their hands, additional social, economic and environmental factors make matters worse for these small rural farms:

  • The “Green Revolution” of the 1960s and 1970s has funneled money toward the middle class and away from the farming/peasant classes
  • Rising prices for seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, and other farm supplies, along with falling prices for farm commodities, are forcing farmers to take out high-interest loans from opportunistic moneylenders
  • A trend from polyculture farming (diverse crops) to monoculture farming (primarily cotton) has depleted the soil and increased crop infestation by opportunistic pests
  • Limited water supplies, periodic drought, decreased monsoonal rainfall, and poor access to irrigation
  • Dishonest, predatory salesmen; lack of government support; and grossly inadequate government relief programs

Here I am with local Indian farmers.

Green Revolution Not Kind to Small Indian Farmers

The introduction of hybrid seeds marked the beginning of the current issues plaguing Indian farmers today. Prior to the 1960s and 1970s, Indian farmers grew diverse food crops, but that all changed with the Green Revolution as modern machinery, chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and hybrid seeds were introduced from the West. Most farmers in India now plant cash crops for export, rather than rice, legumes, millet, and other foods for local consumption.

And in India, cotton is king.

In 1998, under the World Bank’s new lending policies, India opened its seed sector to international agribusiness, forcing small cotton farms to compete with giant cotton plantations in the West. Companies like Monsanto promoted their new hybrid seed technology. However, it was soon discovered that the new high-tech cotton required more water and more chemicals to grow. This was not good for small Indian farmers, for whom both money and water were, and still are, in short supply.

Seeds of Evil

In 2002, Monsanto “came to the rescue” with the introduction of even higher-tech seeds: genetically engineered Bt cotton. The company claimed that these miracle seeds were a dream come true for farmers everywhere—more pest resistant, higher yields, etc. Bt cotton contains a bacteria gene, an insecticide that repels bollworm, cotton’s most voracious parasite.

But this genetically engineered cotton actually required far MORE water and far MORE pesticides than hybrid or traditional cotton!

These seeds were heavily marketed in India, using film stars and even religious deities to lure farmers in. And they came with a steep price tag—they are four to 10 times more expensive than hybrid seeds. Prior to hybrids, farmers were able to harvest their own seeds from each crop, to be planted next season. However, many genetically engineered seeds contain “terminator technology,” meaning they have been genetically modified so that the resulting crops don’t produce viable seeds of their own. Therefore, new seeds must be purchased every year from big seed companies, at the same punitive prices.

Bt Cotton is a Debt Trap

Bt cotton requires more pesticide sprayings than indigenous cotton—MANY times more. Bt cotton has created new resistant pestsviii, and to control these, farmers must use 13 times more pesticidesix than they were using prior to its introduction. Rates of infestation by aphids, thrips, jassids, and other pests have risen since Bt cotton’s introductionx.

Meanwhile, yields for Bt cotton are disappointingly low. Monsanto claims Bt cotton will yield 1500 kg per year, but farmers have gotten only 300 to 400 kg per year, average. High costs and unreliable output make GM cotton a debt trap. According to

“When Monsanto first introduced Bt cotton in 2002, the farmers lost one billion rupees due to crop failure. Instead of 1,500 kilos per acre as promised by the company, the harvest was as low as 200 kilos per acre. Instead of incomes of 10,000 rupees an acre, farmers ran into losses of 6,400 rupees an acre… Poor peasants of the South cannot survive seed monopolies. The crisis of suicides shows how the survival of small farmers is incompatible with the seed monopolies of global corporations.”

This has all been amplified by the dramatic fall in cotton prices as a result of the WTO’s free trade policies, which make cotton farming financially unsustainable. Foreign agricultural subsidies have driven down the price of crops on the global market, and unsubsidized Indian farmers can’t compete.

In 1994, one pound of raw cotton fetched $1.10. In 2006, that same pound brought in a meager 54 cents. A study carried out by the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology (RFSTE) shows that due to falling farm prices, Indian peasants are losing $26 billion annually.

Add to All of That a Water Shortage

Bt cotton requires irrigation, which only 10 percent of Indian farmers have. The other 90 percent depend on monsoonal rainfall, and in drought years, they risk losing their crops, their financial investment, and even their land.

Droughts are becoming more frequent due to the changing climate. Rains have largely failed for the past several years, and many genetically engineered crops have simply withered and died, leaving the farmers with crippling debts and no means of paying them off.

One studyxi showed that, although most Bt cotton seed packets carry the information that they are “best grown in irrigated conditions” (in fine print), NONE of the homes of suicided farmers had irrigated land. These farmers aren’t educated about what it takes to make these seeds grow and the potential risk for total crop failure. And many farmers are completely illiterate and sign on the dotted lines without the benefit of reading, much less understanding, a contract.

And a Banking Shortage…

Another factor contributing to the problem is that farmers no longer have access to good loans. Thousands of rural bank branches have shut down since 1993, redirecting their lending away from farmers and toward elite city dwellers in Mumbai and Delhi, where high-tech growth and technology is booming. Lacking the financial means to pay for high-tech seeds and chemicals, about 80 percent of Indian farmers can borrow only from private moneylenders, who charge exorbitant interest rates. In order to obtain these loans, they must put up their land as collateral. When their crops fail, they lose everything and become servants to the moneylenders.

Many seed dealers operate like America’s infamous subprime mortgage lenders.

India has an army of salesmen out selling farm products to farmers who can’t afford them. A famer is manipulated into the deal with high-pressure sales tactics, and then borrows from a moneylender to do the deal. When his harvests fail, he has no choice other than to borrow even more. This marks the beginning of a downward spiral of indebtedness and despair. After crops fail and moneylenders hover like buzzards over their decimated fields, many farmers take their lives by ingesting the very pesticides they went into debt to purchase, suffering slow, agonizing deaths.

India’s Farmers are Abandoned and Forgotten by their Government

The Indian government used to have agricultural extensions to help farmers, but those days are gone. Farmers now have no one to turn to for advice, except for predatory seed salesmen who don’t have the farmers’ best interests in mind. The Indian farmers have lost faith in their government, and who could blame them?

The government’s priority is clearly India’s new urban high-tech based economy. Corrupt officials are disinterested in protecting farmers, and little money is spent on infrastructure, in spite of the fact that 70 percent of Indians live in rural areas. Until the government begins to address irrigation, rural credit, and regulation of the business practices of multinational corporations, the farmer suicide crisis will unfortunately continue.

Genetic Engineering Brings Magnitude 10 Dangers

Genetically tinkering with the human food supply… what could possibly go wrong? Plenty, as it turns out. The potential dangers of genetically engineered food run the gamut, including:

  • Contamination of organic crop varieties
  • Development of herbicide-resistant super weeds
  • Organ disruption, cancer, and increased rate of miscarriage and infertility in animals raised on genetically engineered feed
  • Air and rain samples contaminated with glyphosate, and waterways in agricultural areas contaminated with a genetically engineered bug-killing protein
  • A brand new organism related specifically to genetically engineered crops, found to be responsible for disease and sudden death in both plants and mammals

The potential risks of genetically engineered crops are so enormous that I have devoted an entire segment of to the subject.

The Importance of Buying Organic Cotton

A few Indian farmers have decided to switch to growing organic cotton. There are numerous advantages, of course, from the standpoint of health—but there are also financial advantagesxii. A minimum price for organic cotton is guaranteed. And the cost of growing organic cotton declines over time as the ecosystem regains its balance.

Organic cotton fields may harbor a few bollworms, but you’ll also find plenty of helpful insects, such as ladybugs, and birds that help keep pests under control. Organic farmers make their own insecticides from a renewable mixture of cow dung, cow urine, and butter, and compost fertilizers as well.

You Can Help the Indian Farmers’ Plight

Monsanto has been ruthless in their drive to use India as a testing ground for genetically modified crops, and it gives us a very clear picture of what could be in store for the rest of the world’s small farmers if GM seed conglomerates are allowed to continue. This is why it’s so important to vote with your pocket book, being vigilant about not purchasing GM foods.

I have visited thousands of Indian farmers who’ve escaped the clutches of Monsanto, thanks to the efforts of Organic India that has taught them how to grow crops organically. Organic India has also constructed a number of hospitals and clinics to serve these farmers, which has helped tremendously in restoring their dignity.

Your best strategy, to help both yourself and small organic farmers everywhere, is to buy USDA 100% Organic products whenever possible, (as these do not permit genetically engineered ingredients) or buy whole fresh produce and meat from local farmers. The majority of the genetically engineered crops you’re exposed to are via processed foods, so by cooking from scratch with whole foods, you can be sure you’re not inadvertently consuming something laced with genetically engineered ingredients. When you do purchase processed food, avoid products containing anything related to corn or soy that are not 100 percent organic, as any foods containing these two non-organic ingredients are virtually guaranteed to contain genetically engineered ingredients, as well as toxic herbicide residues.

Here I am with Organic India and local Indian Farmers.
You may also find this Non-GMO Shopping Guide helpful, created by the Institute for Responsible Technology. Share it with your friends and family, and post it to your social networks. You can also download a free iPhone application, available in the iTunes store. You can find it by searching for “ShopNoGMO” in the applications. To learn more, I highly recommend the following films and lectures:

Important Action Item: Support California’s Ballot Initiative to Label GMO’s!

In 2007, then-Presidential candidate Obama promised to “immediately” require GM labeling if elected. So far, nothing of the sort has transpired.

Fortunately, 24 U.S. states have (as part of their state governance) something called the Initiative Process, where residents can bring to ballot any law they want enacted, as long as it has sufficient support. California has been busy organizing just such a ballot initiative to get mandatory labeling for genetically engineered foods sold in their state. The proposed law will be on the 2012 ballot.

Michigan and Washington are also starting similar campaignsxiii.

Since California is the 8th largest economy in the world, a win for the California Initiative would be a huge step forward, and would affect ingredients and labeling nation-wide. A coalition of consumer, public health and environmental organizations, food companies, and individuals has submitted the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act to the State Attorney General. Now, they need 800,000 signatures to get the Act on this year’s ballot.

Proof Positive that GMO Labeling WILL Change the Food Industry

Many don’t fully appreciate the strategy of seeking to have genetically engineered foods labeled in California. The belief is that large companies would refuse to have dual labeling; one for California and another for the rest of the country. It would be very expensive and a logistical nightmare. So rather than have two labels, they would simply not carry the product, especially if the new label would be the equivalent of a skull and crossbones. This is why we are so committed to this initiative as victory here will likely eliminate genetically engineered foods from the US.

Powerful confirmation of this belief occurred in early 2012 when both Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo Inc. chose to alter one of their soda ingredients as a result of California’s labeling requirements for carcinogensxiv:

“Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens bear a cancer warning label. The companies said the changes will be expanded nationally to streamline their manufacturing processes. They’ve already been made for drinks sold in California.”

This is a PERFECT example of the national impact a California GMO labeling mandate can, and no doubt WILL, have. While California is the only state requiring the label to state that the product contains the offending ingredient, these companies are switching their formula for the entire US market, rather than have two different labels. According to USA Today:

“A representative for Coca-Cola, Diana Garza Ciarlante, said the company directed its caramel suppliers to modify their manufacturing processes to reduce the levels of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, which can be formed during the cooking process and as a result may be found in trace amounts in many foods. “While we believe that there is no public health risk that justifies any such change, we did ask our caramel suppliers to take this step so that our products would not be subject to the requirement of a scientifically unfounded warning,” Garza-Giarlante said in an email.”

You CAN Make a Difference

I urge you to get involved and help in any way you can. Be assured that what happens in California will affect the remainder of the U.S. states, so please support this important state initiative, even if you do not live there!

  • Whether you live in California or not, please donate money to this historic effort
  • Talk to organic producers and stores and ask them to actively support the California Ballot. It may be the only chance we have to label genetically engineered foods.
  • Distribute WIDELY the Non-GMO Shopping Guide to help you identify and avoid foods with GMOs. Look for products (including organic products) that feature the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal to be sure that at-risk ingredients have been tested for GMO content. You can also download the free iPhone application that is available in the iTunes store. You can find it by searching for ShopNoGMO in the applications.
  • For timely updates, please join the Organic Consumers Association on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.
  • Look for in-depth coverage of the issue at the Institute for Responsible Technology, subscribe to Spilling the Beans, and check out their Facebook or Twitter.

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