"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Poetry Jam! November 16, 2013

When's the last time
You truly knew 
What was in your food?
It's amazing to me that  the FDA and our government leaders
don't insist that there be a moratorium on GMO's.
There are good reasons why Western Europe banned GMO's. 
Here's how you can detect GMO's in grocery stores:

    • Look at the PLU code sticker on your produce. Count the number of digits in the code. Look for four-digit codes, because this indicates the produce was grown conventionally -- with additives. Look for five-digit codes to find GMOs. Those starting with an 8 are organically grown, and codes starting with 9 are GMOs.
      Purchase foods that do not contain corn, soy,cottonseed or canola as they are often top GMOs.
      Buy your meats and produce from local farmers and ask how the food is produced.
      Buy organic foods,  because they are never GMOs.


Peggy said...

Glad you have removed the word verifications!!! Excellent question here about what is in our food and what we are eating. Good consumer information as well. Creative use of the prompt!! thanks for posting

messymimi said...

Yes, we should avoid GMOs. It was my understanding that numbers beginning with 9 are organic (at least, that's what they are at "Whole Paycheck", where they don't carry GMOs).

By the way, i also understand that Monsanto itself won't serve GMOs in the cafeteria at their headquarters.

Lydia said...

I just printed this and placed it on my desktop. Had no idea about reading the codes for GMA. Many thanks.

Is it Brrrrrr there yet? :)

Stephen Hayes said...

I've come to the conclusion that what I eat is eventually going to kill me. And if I eat more reasonably I expect I'll still die in the end.

Mary said...

What fascinating and useful information you have given here. Thank you for sharing with Poetry Jam.

Laurie Kolp said...

Thanks for this, Kathe.

alan1704 said...

A good question and one that makes you think!

Stafford Ray said...

When Monsanto tried to patent a strain of rice that had been grown in Asia for centuries, I was a little surprised, but if it turns a dollar, it seems Monsanto is in there.
One point I never see mentioned about BM crops is that most are designed to be Roundup Ready. That means I can spray Roundup (Glyphosate) over the crop and the weeds are killed. BUT, although the food crop is not killed, it does absorbs the glyphosate, and I guess we eat it. That worries me.