Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the country, is sprayed on everything from cotton to canola, lawns to golf courses. So it stands to reason that the stuff winds up in our air and water. But when you’re eating “Roundup Ready” food, as in, food that’s been genetically modified to withstand all those dosings of Roundup, you’re eating it too. That’s problematic because scientists are learning that Roundup affects defensive enzymes our bodies use to keep us healthy. Roundup also reduces a plant’s ability to take up vital micronutrients that humans require for survival.
Corn, soy, and canola are common crops that have been genetically engineered to withstand heavy dousings of Roundup (or other glyphosate-containing chemicals), and foods containing these ingredients tend to contain higher levels of Roundup than other crops do. To avoid genetically engineered (GE) foods and Roundup in your food, buy organic food or look for Non-GMO label.
A recent Stanford analysis confirmed that in comparison with conventional food, organic food has significantly lower pesticide levels, lower multidrug-resistant bacteria levels, and higher beneficial fat levels. In my book, that’s a pretty good case that organic food is healthier.
Red grapes are famous for resveratrol, but they only produce it in response to a FUNGAL infection during their growth. So organic grapes have more resveratrol because they’re not sprayed with antifungals.
Hot off the press GMO research study shows alarming birth defects, sterility, and infant deaths in animals fed this food commonly found in human diets. Why has this food been dumped in the EU, yet not in the US?
Closely tied to the production of GM crops is the use of the herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate. Monsanto’s Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world, and contrary to the popular belief propagated by industry, pesticide use has significantly increased – DOUBLED since 2005 — rather than decreased with the use of GM crops.
Recently, The New York Times ran an editorial that caught my eye, called “Tiles, Farmers and the Dead Zone”. The article correctly depicts the oxygen-depleted dead zone that forms each year in the Gulf of Mexico, killing off fish, shrimp and other marine life; and cites new research in the Journal of Environmental Quality. Read more about the Dead Zone here
Studies are beginning to show what we eaters have known all along – organic food tastes better! When plants are grown in well-balanced soils in harmony with nature, they produce nourishing, delicious food for people and animals.
This superfood inhibits 72 known infectious agents, including those that cause the common cold. Garlic also protects against ulcers and may help eliminate metals, such as lead, from the body. A cornerstone of many cuisines, it’s also great on its own, roasted and spread on warm bread. Need garlic roasters or prefer garlic pills, find them here.
Rich in oil, walnuts make for extra-gentle sloughing. Blend 1/4 cup shelled walnuts or walnut hull powder, 1/2 cup olive oil (for extra emollients), and a tablespoon of honey (to seal moisture into your skin) in a food processor set on a slow speed, creating a fine-particle scrub. Standing in the shower (if you’re scrubbing your feet) or over a sink (if it’s for your hands), work the mixture thoroughly over your skin for a couple of minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Do you like pesticides, hormones and antibiotics in your food? Every time we pick up a fork, we are voting for industrial produced food or naturally-raised, organic food…
Make Your Vote Count – Eat Organic
When we go to our local farmer’s market, we not only expect to get good, locally grown organic food but good value too. We found even more at the Leucadia/Encinitas Farmers’ Market – entertainment (local acoustical guitar artists) and people truly interested in putting out quality prepared products and foods as well. One such individual is Pete Katolick of Pete’s Cakes and sauces. Pete has a passion about the fruit toppings he prepares with only the best quality berries and all natural ingredients – he’ll happily give you samples of his toppings to prove they have superior flavor and taste – Pete sold me!
What else did I happen upon? Fabulous cheeses (I bought a goat jack cheese and a Greek sheep cheese), wonderful smoked albacore tuna, and freshly picked passion fruit to name a few of the local delicacies that made it home with me. Find the local Farmer’s Market near you and enjoy the bounty your local community has to offer!