Eating Local & Organic » GMO Food News and The Kitchen Sink Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:28:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Weird Science: The Ingredients in Cheetos Tue, 06 Aug 2013 22:45:11 +0000 Laura Okay, I have to confess to eating Cheetos–and liking them. I know they’re not good for me, but I have partaken of these crunchy, cheese-tasting snacks. But never in my life did I imagine eating them was akin to eating a weird concoction made in a laboratory. Hmmmm. I wonder what they’d taste like without the MSG?

ingredients of cheetos

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Without Labels All We Get is “Answers” Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:27:40 +0000 Laura This is a spoof on the website created by the biotech companies, GMOAnswers, to generate discussion of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).

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Today’s Modern Food: It’s Not What You Think Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:20:35 +0000 Laura This two-part series by Nomad Man Productions examines the state of the modern food supply in the United States.

The food we buy today is the product of a business who’s more concerned about their own profits than their customers health and the government regulators are looking out for the interests of the businesses rather than the American people’s well being.

It provides a fascinating, yet frightening, look at how a multitude of harmful ingredients have ended up in the food we eat.

Part two delves into the topics of corn-fed beef, an unnatural feed choice for animals meant to graze on grass, and the synthetic cancer-causing hormones injected into cattle. And rounding out the discussion are the dangers of food packaging with chemicals that disrupt hormonal systems, causing cancer, brain disorders and other issues.

]]> 0 GMO A Go Go Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:24:49 +0000 Laura Learn about the dangers of GMOs in animated fashion in this video from InfoMatic Films, sponsored by Natural News.

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High-Fructose Corn Sizzurp: By Monsanto Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:21:19 +0000 Laura Dad’s Garage TV brings us this video on Monsanto and their product High-Fructose Corn Sizzurp:

There’s a new sweetener in town and it’ll get you straight faded.

]]> 0 Chemical Fertilizer Shortages Will Force Transition to Organic Farming Sat, 06 Jul 2013 00:40:38 +0000 Julia Most people agree that industrial agriculture places a higher burden on the earth in terms of soil nutrient depletion, pollution of water through run-off of nitrogen and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) waste. But what most people don’t realize is that the resources that are used to produce chemical fertilizers are diminishing and the industry may be facing shortages in the not-too-distant future.

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Photo: Egilshay/iStockPhoto. Chemical fertilizer.

Sustainable Farming Is The Future

The production of chemical fertilizer depends on the mining of two very crucial elements: phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). These elements are found in Canada, Russia, and surrounding states, and Morocco. While nitrogen can be manufactured through synthesis, potassium and phosphorus cannot. So what happens when the world becomes dependent on a resource concentrated in a small number of countries–that’s not as abundant as it once was?

Dr. Mercola gives us a glimpse of what this future might look like:

If it’s true that we may at some point face a shortage of phosphorus and potassium, large-scale farming facilities would be hard-pressed to produce much of anything after a short while. Such shortages might even lead to geopolitical strife, as phosphate rock is primarily concentrated in the occupied territory of the Western Sahara region of Morocco. It may sound farfetched to some, but how far would a nation go to secure access to such a location if the future of the entire agricultural industry and food supply depended on it?

Stated quite simply: there will have to be a change if we are to sustain life on this planet.

In this fascinating article Dr. Mercola explains how organic, sustainable farming could be the saving grace and the way we escape this industrial chemical and GMO-dependent crop nightmare.

In the study just mentioned, the researchers concluded that government policies supporting monoculture are “outdated,” and that it’s time for support to be shifted toward programs that promote crop rotation and organic farming. As it turns out, when you eliminate the agricultural chemicals, specialized machinery and multi-million dollar buildings, fuel costs, insurance costs, and the rest of the steep financial requirements of a big industrial operation, your cost of producing food takes a serious dive into the doable. And did I mention… the food from organic farms tend to be far more nutritious, besides being free of toxic contaminants?

Read the full article here.

Find out how sustainable farming can feed the world better than the current industrial food system here.

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Why Are Those Awesome Peterson Bros on Monsanto’s Blog? Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:03:25 +0000 Laura I have to admit that I love the Peterson Farm Bros. parody videos. They really make working on the farm look fun and, frankly, cool. When I saw their latest video “A Fresh Breath of Farm Air,” a parody of Will Smith’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” I thought this would be a great funny video to add to our collection. But then I started wondering what kind of farming do they do? Do they grow Genetically Modified crops?

The Peterson Farm is a 4-th generation family farm that primarily raises cattle, but also grows wheat, corn, alfalfa and sorghum. I tried asking them through their Facebook page if they grow GMO-free crops, but somehow my post got deleted. Too bad because I think it would have been an excellent opportunity for them to engage on that subject. Especially since they’ve captured so much attention from young people through their videos. Their “Farmer Style” video, a “Gangnam Style” parody, posted December, 2012, has over 13 million views to date.

So I did some digging and though I was still excited at being able to write an article featuring their latest stuff, to my disappointment I found them–on Monsanto’s blog. That pretty much answered my questions about their farming practices and whether or not their crops were GMO. What I found even more interesting was what Greg, one of the three brothers, said to the Monsanto article author, Janice Person, when she asked if he was interested in helping people understand farming, correcting misperceptions or something else?

I think our main goal is dispelling all of the misperceptions about agriculture and the way to do that is to educate the people about farming. There are lots of comments on YouTube that show people are still really misinformed. Subjects like animal confinement, GMOs, using chemicals, etc. People need to understand that farming isn’t perfect, but neither is anything else in this world. The reality is that we are just trying our best to feed the world and sometimes the media blows things out of proportion, making us look bad, and a lot of what they say is down-right false.

To that I ask: why not talk about those “misperceptions” on their Facebook page? Why not have some sort of educational info or link in their About section that addresses animal confinement, using chemicals and GMOs?

Frankly, I’m left with the impression that they don’t really want to talk about those things–they don’t really want to educate people about farming. They just want to have fun, show their love for farming and make people laugh in the process. And that’s not so bad.

Check out more of their videos here and let them know you want to have a real discussion on animal confinement, using chemicals and GMOs while you’re there.

For more information on what GMOs are read our awesome article here–it should clear up all your misperceptions!

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Why Is Triscuit Putting Brown Rice in Its Crackers? Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:34:54 +0000 Laura Have you noticed the latest ads for Triscuit crackers with brown rice? So did I and I wondered why would Nabisco do that and are they really healthier than the original version? If you look at the ingredients for the original Triscuit, you’ll notice it has only three:

  • whole soft white wheat, soybean oil, and salt.

The only downside to the original Triscuit cracker is the GMO soybean oil.

Now let’s look at one of Nabisco’s latest Triscuit products: Nabisco Triscuit Brown Rice & Wheat Roasted Sweet Onion.

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Photo: Walmart. The new brown rice, sweet potato and sweet onion Triscuit.


Okay so it’s still GMO (see the soybean oil), but now it also has added sugar in three forms: brown sugar, sugar and dried molassses. They must be assuming that consumers want this particular cracker quite sweet. Unfortunately, what they don’t realize is that we might want the benefits of sweet potato, but that doesn’t mean this should become desert. And the danger is that because people think this cracker is healthier than the original they’ll eat a lot more. Which can lead to a higher consumption of dietary sugar–and insulin issues.

Brown Rice, Potatoes and Beans in Triscuit Crackers?

Why would Triscuit start this new line of crackers with brown rice and other food not normally found in crackers such as red bean, roasted red pepper and sweet onion? In his article on Ad Age author E. J. Shultz writes:

“Consumers are looking for a lot of the same things they used to find in meals in snacks,” said Jimmy Wu, senior brand manager for Triscuit, which is owned by Mondelez International. “And that’s really foods with real food ingredients and real food value in them.”

Read the full article here.

The manufacturer is obviously trying to capitalize on people’s belief that brown rice and potatoes are healthier for them. The claim that these newer crackers have real food ingredients in them is debatable, especially the GMO ingredients. And some of the other brown rice Triscuits have maltodextrin as the sweetening ingredient, which is just another name for GMO corn sugar.

Our advice is if you’re going to eat Triscuits, have the original one with a baby carrot–for the extra vitamin A. And go to Triscuits’ Facebook page and ask them when they’re going to make their crackers with GMO-free ingredients. Finally, ask them to remove the sugar from these crackers–they just don’t need it.

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What Is GMO? Sat, 18 May 2013 13:49:31 +0000 editors Are you one of those people that thinks that without GMO food we would have worms in our tomatoes and tomato paste? Does your friend or loved one think this way? Well, we’re going to shed some light on this subject and explain just what GMO is and how it’s made–or should we say engineered.

Genetically Modified Organisms and How They Got That Way

This is an excellent video from Media Roots that tells you everything you need to know about what a GMO is and how it got that way. To explain this let’s talk about a tomato. In a nutshell what happens is a virus “promoter” gene, usually the Cauliflower Mosaic virus which causes tumors on plants (nice, huh?), is used to get a modified gene (soil bacteria + e. coli) into the cells of the tomato plant. Voila! Now the tomato is a Genetically Modified Organism and the process of creating the modified gene and getting it into the plant is called Genetic Engineering.

The idea behind GMOs was to modify plants so you could grow them out of season (winter) and in locations where they wouldn’t normally grow (desert). While those intentions sound good the problem is that these bacteria and virus DNA don’t just pass through human beings. The foreign DNA ends up inside the good bacteria in our gut that’s responsible for digestion.

Watch the Future of Food documentary if you’d like to know more about how genetically engineered food has found its way into our grocery stores and on our tables.

The full documentary is available here.

And just released,  May 2013, is a new smartphone app called Buycott that gives you the ability to boycott a food if it’s company or parent company(s) have donated more than $150,000 to block GMO labeling legislation. Read more about Buycott here.

Share this with your family and friends so they’ll be better informed about what GMOs are, how they’re made, and how they can make better product choices with Buycott!


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