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Independence Day Down

We’ve celebrated another 4th of July, another Independence Day, here in the good ole U.S. of A.  I’m reminded that it was just about a year ago that I began to fully awaken to a bigger picture and what that might mean for all of us.  A bigger picture of peak oil,  continued environmental destruction, irreversible climate change, the collapse of industrial civilization.  Patriarchial structures, forms and systems are disintegrating.   We’re being de-illusioned and some are more prepared than others.

The anxiety I feel at times is unbearable, the dread and despair palpable, the fear a living thing.  I never reached the assurance of the spiritually delusional although I must admit to trying.  My higher power is a fierce goddess who allows no shrinking from painful realities; she is the dark mother and she knows that to be transformed one must first go through the fire. 

Yesterday was hard for me because I no longer overly identify with being American.  I don’t feel like celebrating an empire that committed genocide to take the land, that has deforested and dammed and laid waste and continues to act stupidly in the face of global warming and ecocide.  An empire that fights false wars under false pretenses, an empire in which the few are filthy rich and the many are struggling to stay afloat.  An empire that will stop at nothing to exploit every last resource down to the last drop of clean water, the last ancient tree, the last salmon, the last wage slave. 

It’s difficult, to say the least, to navigate in a culture committed to maintaining the status quo, a culture that admits no wrong and still wants to grow, grow, grow when it’s become obvious to a lot of us that growth is about done on this planet.  People look at me funny when I say our way of life is over, that right now is as good as it’s going to get, when I ask them to store food or start a garden.  They don’t want to hear it. 

People want to debate with me about GMO’s and I’m not interested in debating.  There are enough people with enough opinions and I struggle to write here because I don’t want to be just another person spouting their opinion, but I guess that’s what I am.   They tell me GMO’s will feed the starving people, they will lessen herbicide use, they will save the world.  Bullshit.

They tell me to lighten up, go to church, read something uplifting.  On good days the anxiety feels more like excitement and I feel I was born for these times.  I think there’s a job for me, but I’m not clear what it is.  So I keep reading and learning; I don’t flinch; I don’t look away.  I form visions of how we will get through this and I hold them.

But right now?  It ain’t looking too good.

Don’t Eat That!

From pasteurizing all the helpful enzymes out of our milk to processing soy with hexane, our food producers seem determined to not only take most of the good, vital nutrients out of our food, but to add a lot of things that are bad for human health and the environment. 

 I could write a very short post and say if it’s a “conventional” food in the grocery store, don’t eat it, but that’s not feasible in my life and probably not in yours either.

 From my research, these are the foods I avoid if at all possible, why I avoid them and what to buy alternatively: 

 

Genetically Modified Foods

Why:  Most genetically modified foods are modified to either produce or withstand pesticide use.  The most frightening are the ones that make the pesticide themselves.  Their DNA is altered to create a pesticide which activates in the plant and then we consume the plant and the pesticide right along with it.  Gone are the gold old days when all one had to worry about was what they were spraying on our food.  

At least 75% of all conventionally processed foods contain gm ingredients.  This number will only be going up if genetically modified crops continue to be approved and planted.  Especially with the approval of Monsanto’s genetically modified Roundup Ready alfalfa, America is in danger of losing the pure original form of many crops entirely:  corn, soy, cotton, sugarbeets.   Some form of corn and/or soy are used in almost all processed food items you’ll buy in the supermarket. 

What to Buy:  Currently the only way to avoid genetically modified foods is to buy certified organic.  

Conventional milk 

Why:  Cows are treated with rBGH and rBST growth hormones.  Recent studies have shown these hormones to be carcinogenic as well as linking them to early onset of puberty in girls.  Producers will tell you the amount is insignificant, but they won’t tell you that even tiny, tiny amounts of hormones have an effect on the endocrine system.

Conventional cows are also given heavy doses of many different antibiotics.

 What to Buy:  Buy organic raw milk if it’s legal in your state.  Next best:  Buy organic milk or buy local sustainable.  I buy milk through a local dairy that does not use growth hormones on their animals and only pasteurizes their milk (because it’s the law).  Conventional milk is pasteurized (usually twice) and homogenized.  Had I the choice, I would definitely buy raw organic milk. 

Conventional chicken 

Why:  It’s got arsenic in it.  Arsenic is a government-approved dietary supplement for animals.  Roxarsone (4-hydroxy-3-nitrophenyl arsenic acid) is a common additive to the feed of broiler chickens to control certain types of intestinal parasites.  Producers of the feed and the chickens that eat it say it’s harmless to humans; they say that just because the chicken gets it doesn’t mean you do.  That makes about as much sense as calling nuclear power clean.

 Conventional chicken is also often fed genetically modified feed. 

What to Buy:  Buy organic chicken (it’s fed no arsenic-laced or gn feed) or better yet, make it local and sustainable chicken from a farmer who free-ranges.

Conventional Beef 

Why:  Most non-organic U.S. cattle are given androgens (testosterone surrogates) to fatten them up for slaughter.  Others receive the female sex hormone, estrogen, which shuts down estrus and allows their bodies to build muscle mass.  They’re fed genetically modified feed and given antibiotics.  Same old, same old. 

What to Buy:  But organic or local, sustainable.  Grass-fed.  Cows are grazers. 

Conventional Pork 

Why:  Like conventional chickens and cows, conventional pigs are pumped up with hormones, antibiotics and are fed a diet of genetically-modified grain. 

What to Buy:  Buy organic or local, sustainable. 

These conventionally grown fruits and vegetables:  strawberries, bell peppers, spinach, cherries, peaches, nectarines, celery, apples, pears, grapes, raspberries and potatoes. 

Why:  For varying reasons these 12 items are heavily sprayed with as many as a dozen different pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.  All of the sprays are toxic and carcinogenic to the human body as well as the soil. 

What to Buy:  Organic or local, sustainable. 

 Canned Food 

Why:  BPA or bisphenol A, a synthetic estrogen, is used in the lining of the cans.  It leaches into the food and then into our bodies.  Another added hormone our bodies don’t need, weren’t meant to have, and that is known to disrupt the endocrine system. 

What to Buy:  Some manufacturers are voluntarily stopping the use of BPA and are labeling their canned products as such.  Otherwise, if it’s in a can, don’t buy it. 

Soy products 

Why:  Most of the soybeans and soy protein used in foods today are bathed in a toxic, explosive chemical solvent called hexane.  Hexane is a neurotoxin produced as a by-product of gasoline refining.  Also, soy is a biggie on the genetically modified list.  Soy is especially troublesome as it’s hidden in so many foods from nutrition bars to infant formula. 

What to Buy:  Buy only organic soy products. 

Well, that’s quite a list.  It’s discouraging to know that I’ll only be adding to it as more foods become contaminated with gm ingredients, or some by-product of gasoline refining, or any number of sex hormones, or heavier and heavier application of pesticides like glyphosate, the ingredient in Roundup.

There is some good news.  There are many vegetables and fruits that are sprayed very little or not at all.  These are currently okay to purchase non-organic:

asparagus, avocados, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, cilantro, daikon radishes, eggplant, garlic, ginger, grapefruit, grapes, green onions, leeks, mandarin oranges, mangoes, okra, onions, pineapple, radishes, rhubarb, sweet potatoes, tangerines, zucchini.

Every time I go to the grocery store I remind myself that every penny I spend is a political act.  I can support Monsanto and the biotech industry or I can say, “Hell, no!” and buy healthy foods grown as close to home as possible as sustainably as possible.  The more of us that do this, the less power the perpetrators have to keep committng these horrible food crimes.

Thank you for visiting Eve’s Daughter.

 

Seed Savers Exchange

Ninety-eight percent of seeds sold in the United States are now sold by Monsanto.  Of course, they won’t be labeled as Monsanto seeds, they’ll be sold under the names American Seeds, Inc., Johnny’s, Cooks and Territorial, among others.  It’s a pretty safe bet that if you’re not sure it’s not a Monsanto seed, it’s a Monsanto seed.

I noticed recently they’re getting on the heirloom bandwagon by offering their own versions of heirloom seeds, but I wouldn’t trust them as far as I could throw a John Deere tractor.

Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) was founded in 1975 by Kent Whealy and Diane Ott Whealy after Diane’s terminally ill grandfather entrusted them with garden seeds that his parents had brought from Bavaria.

Their mission is to save the world’s diverse but endangered garden heritage for future generations.  SSE has more than 13,000 members who collect, maintain and distribute heirloom vegetable varieties as well as heirloom trees and fruit trees, and even endangered farm animals like White Park cattle.

Purchasing seeds through Seed Savers Exchange ensures the heritage and viability of the product.  And, so far, Monsanto hasn’t gotten their very grubby hands on these seeds.  Let’s keep it that way.

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GMO’s: A Rustic Remedy

Pretty scary stuff, this GMO business.  Scary how quickly our food supply has become dominated by genetically modified ingredients and non-food ingredients like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup, how quickly we moved from the highly nutritious, natural food of our ancestors to a bunch of highly processed stuff that somewhat resembles food.

As I’m learning to steer away from these not-natural-at-all foods, I’ve adopted what I call a rustic diet.  There are only a couple of rules with a rustic diet:

  1. Whole ingredients born and raised in stewardship with the land and the animals from which they come.
  2. Cook it yourself:  no boxes, cans or plastic bottles with  processed, pre-made stuff.
  3. The most important rule:  love your food.

Other than that, it’s wide open. Want to be vegan rustic?  Great!  This first recipe is vegan, but I’ll be posting others that include meat and dairy.  I believe wild game to be one of the healthiest foods left on the planet and take full advantage of it myself, but that’s a personal choice.

Rustic food is so healthy I consider it medicinal in nature.  Here’s my first offering:

Rustic Roasted Roots

1 large yam or sweet potato
1 or 2 other potatoes (I usually use yukon gold)
1 red, orange or yellow bell pepper
1 onion
8-10 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
Coarsely ground sea salt
Fresh herbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Slice and layer potatoes, onion, pepper and garlic in a cast iron skillet.  Bless your food, love it, tell it how beautiful it is.  Thank it for it’s gift.  Anoint with olive oil.  Bake covered in pre-heated oven for 1/2 hour, then take it out, toss it and love it some more.  Put it back in and bake it for another 1/2 an hour or so.  Take it out, bless with fresh or dried herbs (I like rosemary), coarsely ground sea salt and finish in the oven, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.

Now, don’t just eat it.  Become one with your food, let it’s medicinal nature soothe your belly, heart and spirit.  Thank it often and ENJOY!!!  This is good stuff!!

GMO’s = Death Crops? Part III

How are you feeling about your food these days?

I feel differently about mine; I look at it differently, think of it differently.  I spend some time being angry with myself for not researching GMO’s sooner and taking action to at least keep the stuff out of my own body.  I’m obsessive with ingredient labels and if I don’t know whether a food is organic, I have a hard time eating it.

I understand that most of you don’t have time to research every news story that comes along that seems alarming.  It’s hard enough these days to keep your family fed and the bills paid without having to worry about whether your foods are genetically engineered and could make you and your children sick.  It’s hard enough to get through the day hoping the recovery is a real recovery and the tide is going to turn again to growth.

Who has time to be infuriated by the negligence and complicity of our government agencies, the ones committed to protect us, in the perpetration of an almost complete monopoly over our food supply?  I only had time because the economy hit me early and unemployment provided the time and opportunity for me to dig beyond the media news, the sound bytes and public opinion to find out the real stories.

The statistic that bothers me the most from the animal studies cited in Part I is that mice fed the corn that most of us are eating today (and don’t forget everything made with corn:  high fructose corn syrup, cornmeal, etc.)  show structural changes (genetic) in the liver, spleen and pancreas, changes in the way their genes function in the gut, and reduced fertility over four generations.

You don’t get a do-over on structural genetic changes in our organs or the bacteria that help our bowels work.  The generations that follow don’t get a do-over.  The very worst part about all of this is that you can’t take it back.  How arrogant would we be to think that possible?  About as arrogant as the big pigs at Monsanto, I guess.

I imagine they feel they have good reason to be arrogant.  As food prices continue to rise and shortages become more the norm than the exception, who will we be looking to for the seeds we plant in the gardens we hope will feed us?  Why, Monsanto of course.  And what will they be selling us?  Seeds that commit genetic suicide after one generation.   Yeah, I’m thinking they’re feeling pretty smug as Obama pushes one genetic crop after another through the net without proper testing, labeling or research.

And what if their intentions are bigger than the fattening of their own pocketbooks?  What if they somehow come to feel that the rest of us are inferior and should probably just be eliminated?  Well, let me tell you folks, it would be no problem with the technology.  No problem at all.  It would be far too late before we ever realized what was happening.

I believe if you spend five minutes really thinking about these organisms and the implications of unleashing the worst of the technology on an unsuspecting public, it will change your life as much as it’s changed mine.

There is one community who has tried diligently to warn us of the dangers of these foods.  Oddly enough, we have chosen to ignore the scientific community when it comes to this issue, an issue that requires good science behind it if ever there was one.

Way back in 1999, over 800 scientists from 84 different countries submitted an open letter to our United States Congress and other potential allies.  Their letter begins:

We, the undersigned scientists, call for the immediate suspension of all environmental releases of GM crops and products, both commercially and in open field trials, for at least 5 years; for patents on living processes, organisms, seeds, cell lines and genes to be revoked and banned; and for a comprehensive public enquiry into the future of agriculture and food security for all.

We urge the US Congress to reject GM crops as both hazardous and contrary to the interest of family farmers; and to support research and development of sustainable agricultural methods that can truly benefit family farmers all over the world.

You can read the entire letter here and see the scientists who have signed it and where it was sent.

This story goes beyond political rhetoric or disagreement, religious differences and lifestyle choices.  It strikes to the heart of every one of us because we all have to eat to live.

My hope is that you’re beginning to see your food differently, too, and understand why this food crime is a serious crime against all of us – perpetrated by mega-corporations with no concern, hopefully, beyond their own quite hefty bottom line.

I have joined the Millions Against Monsanto campaign sponsored by the Organic Consumers Association.  I’m committed to doing everything I possibly can to stop this criminal trespass on our food.

Thank you for visiting Eve’s Daughter.

GMO’s = Death Crops? Part II

Did you know that fully 2/3rds of all processed food in the United States now contain genetically modified ingredients?  I don’t know about you but that fully scares the hell out of me.

1/4th of all agricultural land in the U. S. is now dedicated to genetically modified crops including corn, soybeans, canola and cottonseed.  If Monsanto and the government have their way, it’ll be a lot more, and real soon.

The first thing to know is that we did not let this happen.   The corporations, government agencies and politicians who are behind this food crime have done and continue to do exactly what they want to increase their profits, provide new markets for their products, and get re-elected.

This is a story full of villainous characters, tromped-upon little people (include yourself in that list) and enough twists and turns to leave you dizzy and confused.  I couldn’t put it down.

It’s enough to get your head around the fact that we have the kind of technology that allows us to fiddle around with DNA, criss-crossing genes like children playing with their newest transformer toy, but how did it so easily and quietly infiltrate our lives and our grocery stores?

The doorway to an altered future was cracked with the technology, but it was blasted wide open with the Supreme Court decision that paved the way for untested, unlabeled, mutant foods to wind up on our tables and in our bodies.  In 1980 the Supreme Court decided in the case of Diamond vs. Chakrabarty, that life forms could be patented for commercialization.   Did you feel that?  It was probably a chill going up your spine.

Patents are government guarantees that provide an “inventor” with exclusive rights to use, sell or manufacture an invention for a set period of time.  Living organisms, plant and animal and human organisms, and their genes, are now considered inventions (sorry about that god).  This decision makes all genes (including the ones in you and me) patentable by an inventor who, subtly or not, is able to tweak that organism and call it theirs.

Better watch out for that next vaccine.

In the years following the decision, 98% of all seed sales in the United States have become controlled by a few chemical giants like Monsanto, DuPont and Dow.  They started gobbling up seed companies like their gm alfalfa is going to gobble up all our natural alfalfa and render more cropland wasted and spent.

It’s tempting to start with the villainous characters, but the tromped-upon little people are what set my alarm bells ringing when I started my research.  So, let’s talk about some of them, our friends and neighbors, our farmers and veterans.

Percy Schmieser had been farming canola on his farm in Saskatchewan Canada for 40 years.  In that 40 years, he had experimented, developed his own varieties and saved his own seed.  He was beginning to reap the benefits from his hard work when in stepped Monsanto.  When Percy’s crop became contaminated with genetically modified canola grown by nearby farmers, Monsanto accused him of patent infringement and demanded restitution for its seeds.  They sued Percy to the tune of $400,000 including $250,000 in legal fees, $105,000 in profits the agri-giant claims Percy stole from them and $25,000 in punitive damages.

The case made its way through the courts with Monsanto chalking up wins until it reached Canada’s Supreme Court where the final tally became a draw.  The court decided that Monsanto’s patent is valid but they did not require that Percy pay anything as he did not profit from the presence of Roundup Ready® canola in his fields.  I’m sure the irony is not lost on Percy.  Profit?  They ruined his livelihood.

In another case, Monsanto, who reported profits of 1.88 billion dollars in the fourth quarter of 2010, sued Oakhurst Dairy, a small dairy farm operating in Maine since 1921.  Oakhurst’s crime?   Responding to consumer’s demand for milk without the synthetic growth hormone, rGBH.  This genetically engineered hormone stimulant increases milk production by as much as 15% and is implicated in mad cow disease.  Every other industrialized nation in the world has banned milk from cows injected with the hormone except us. Monsanto claimed Oakhurst should not be able to advertise that their milk was free of the chemical.  Oakhurst Dairy was forced to settle out of court with Monsanto, leaving the door open for them to keep right on tromping and keeping the genetically modified ingredients in our food unlabeled.

And how does Monsanto feel about our war veterans and the innocent civilians who were sprayed with Agent Orange, the toxic chemical used extensively in the Vietnam War?  They refuse to offer 10,000 vets and thousands of Vietnam citizens compensation for the health consequences they’ve suffered.  They claim the chemical, one of the most toxic compounds ever created, is not harmful, even though it’s been shown to cause birth defects, cancer, neurological disorders and death.

Are you beginning to wonder where the FDA, the USDA, the National Institute for Food and Agriculture and our elected officials have been?  In a twist definitely planned to benefit only those corporations making and selling the genetically engineered foods, they’ve all been making whoopee in the same bed.  Lobbyists, corporate executives and the appointed officials trade places like they’re playing musical chairs.

Here’s a sampling:

Michael Taylor was appointed by Obama as Senior Advisor to the FDA’s Commissioner on Food Safety.  Michael Taylor was the Vice President for Public Policy at the Monsanto Corporation from 1998 until 2001.

Tom Vilsack is Secretary of the U. S. Department of Agriculture.  As governor of Iowa, Vilsack chaired the governor’s Biotechnology Partnership as a leading advocate for Monsanto, the bio-tech industry and factory farming.

Roger Beachy is now director of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture.  Prior to this appointment, Beachy was the long-time president of the Danforth Plant Science Center (a non-profit arm of Monsanto).

Monsanto leaves nothing to chance.  Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court Justice, is a former attorney of theirs.

I was surprised to learn that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of Monsanto’s non-profit arms.  As a major contributor to National Public Television, they are trying to convince us that genetically modified crops can feed the world, helping Monsanto infiltrate unsuspecting African countries  with their frankenfoods and increasing their profits by millions.  Interestingly, yields from genetically modified crops are not shown to be better than natural crops.

Considering there has already been one major incident of deaths and disabilities due to a genetically modified supplement, and considering that it’s just a matter of time until adverse effects in humans start to show up from one of these teenage-mutant-ninja foods, it’s not only important that we learn how to avoid them, but that we act to stop it now  before it gets any worse, before another crop is approved with no testing and no requirements to be labeled and before one of us ends up being the next guinea pig to die or be disabled.

The Center for Food Safety has a great guide to help us avoid genetically modified foods.  In some ways it’s complicated because they are so prevalent in processed foods and because nothing has to be labeled.  In other ways, it’s simple:  buy organic and cook your food from whole ingredients.

And remember, taking action now is as simple as clicking the mouse.    The Organic Consumers Association has a great action page that can get you started.  Also, share, share, share.  Share on facebook, in your living room, your church, your school, with your local elected officials and each other.

Thank you for visiting Eve’s Daughter.

GMO’s: DEATH CROPS? Part 1

If you’re like I was, you might be pretty confused right now about GMO’s , or genetically modified organisms.   You may be wondering exactly what they are, if they’re safe or not, and what the long-term effects on humans, animals and the earth might be.

Like anything connected to nature, to creation and death and rebirth, this is not a simple issue.  But I hope I can break it down in a way that makes sense and offers the reader a better understanding of a very complex matter that is affecting all of our lives, whether we know it or not.

GMO’s – What are they?

Simply put, genetically modified organisms are ones created in a laboratory by direct manipulation of genes. No romantic dinners here.  No lovely little honeybees and hummingbirds and all matter of birds and insects flitting and buzzing happily about, spreading pollen and spring happiness in their midst.

No.

Test tubes, needles and sterile conditions are where this “life” is created.  Due to their asexual beginnings, genetically modified organisms can combine traits between entirely different species:  think pigs with apples, fish with tomatoes, bacteria with corn. (Think that sounds crazy?  Don’t.)

The most common applications of genetic engineering in our food supply include pesticide-producing crops (yep, you read that right) and genetically modified bacteria and fungi which are used in the production of enzymes, vitamins and flavoringsAspartame is a good example and is found in literally thousands of products on our grocery store shelves.

The bio-tech industry, the closest thing to parents these “offspring” will ever have, like most parents, has a favorite.  The superstar gene-baby of the bio-tech industry is the terminator gene. This little bugger causes a crop to commit genetic suicide after just one generation.

Are you beginning to see why GMO’s might properly be called death crops?  If not, keep reading.

GMO’s – Are they safe?

The short answer to this question is no.  But I’m sure you’re going to want more information before deciding for yourself.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine reports that multiple animal studies report immune dysregulation associated with allergy, asthma and inflammation.  Animal studies also show altered structure and function of the liver, including altered lipid and carbohydrate metabolism.

To put that in perspective, here are some highlights from studies done on animals who ate GM crops:

  • Rats fed GM tomatoes developed stomach ulcerations.
  • Offspring of rats fed GM soy had 4 times the death rate of offspring of rats fed non GM soy.
  • Rats fed GM oilseed developed enlarged livers.
  • Mice fed GM insecticide-producing corn over four generations showed a build-up of abnormal structural changes in various organs (liver, spleen, pancreas), major changes in the pattern of gene function in the gut and reduced fertility.
  • Buffalo that ate GM cottonseed had reproductive complications such as premature deliveries, miscarriages and infertility.

The data continues to mount.  If you’re wondering if it’s biologically possible for genetically modified foods to cause adverse effects in humans, let me assure you that it’s not only possible, it’s proven.

Already scientists have found that the genes from genetically modified foods transfer into the DNA of bacteria inside our intestines and continue to function.  Since many of the genes inserted are pesticide genes, our intestinal bacteria could form its own little pesticide factory, with no way to shut it down.  Once it’s there, it’s there.  If it makes you sick, so sorry.  And it can make you sick – it can even kill you.

In 1989, 707 people were diagnosed with EMS (Eosinophilia myalgia syndrome), after taking the supplement L-tryptophan.    L-tryptophan had been a safe supplement for decades and was often prescribed as an alternative to addictive prescription medication for insomnia and anxiety disturbances.  But this L-tryptophan was different.   The company that manufactured it sought to boost its efficiency by inserting a new genetically engineered bacterium called Strain V.  This modified supplement killed 37 people and left 1500 permanently disabled in the United States by the time they discovered the source.

Oh, there’s something you might want to know about those inserted pesticide genes:  the level of toxin expression can be many times greater inside our bodies than when the same pesticide is sprayed on crops.

So, GMO’s are not so good for animals and humans; how about the earth?

Well, first there’s the contamination problem.  When GM crops are planted, they create GM pollen which is then spread by the wind and all those previously happy little critters.  Once this pollen mixes with pollen from natural crops, well, say good-bye to the natural crops.  They will forever and ever amen be altered crops.  Unless, of course,  they are contaminated with that superstar gene-baby, the terminator gene, at which point they will just be dead.

Because GM crops require large land areas to be mono-cropped (that is, planted with only one crop), biodiversity  and nutritional values suffer along with the possibility that the soil will be contaminated with GM bacteria causing it to guess what?

Die.

Oh, and those previously happy little critters?    You can read the latest about colony collapse disorder at this link, the “mysterious new disease” that is killing off the honeybee and the possible effects of GM pollen on the monarch butterfly here.

What’s happening to these winged protectors of our food supply?

They’re dying.

So if the short answer is no, the long answer is not only Hell No! but how in the world did this happen and what in the world can we do about it?

I’ll start biting into that apple in the rest of the series.  In the meantime, I hope you’re convinced that having these DNA-altered crops and foods in our groceries and pantries is just about the worst idea since the pesticides they were created for.   To take action, you can start here.  And remember, taking action these days is as easy as a click or two on the computer.

You can be part of an American Food Revolution.  Or you can eat the food they’re feeding and be . . . .

Sources:  Sources are linked in the article.   Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver, Harper-Collins, 2007 is the source for many of the facts and a boatload of inspiration.