Growing food locally is important for two important reasons: We have control over how it is grown, and locally grown food builds and strengthens our local economy.
As we learn more about the damage that genetically modified organisms (GMO) do to our bodies, the more important it will become to people to grow their food locally. When food is grown locally, local residents can visit the sites where it is grown and see for themselves what is being put on their food. They can talk directly with those who are growing the food.
A FEW SOURCES FOLLOW TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF THE DAMAGE THAT GMO FOOD DOES–to the environment and to our bodies as well as why GMOs were even created in the first place. Also learn more about how effective GMOs really are when it comes to crop yield. Then you decide what is best for you and your family. It makes sense. I am convinced that the only way to have healthy food to eat and feed our families is to do all we can to encourage the development of local food systems. Currently, most of the food on the grocery store shelves has been shipped there from 1,500 miles or more. We have no way of knowing how it was grown or what chemicals have been put on it.
Video: Why GMOs were Created by Monsanto
In this concise two-minute video, Jeffrey Smith explains what motivated biotech giant Monsanto to use genetic engineering in the first place. He explains how the technology’s process of DNA insertion plus cloning creates a variety of unpredictable effects and potentially massive collateral damage, including mutations, allergens, toxins, and anti-nutrients.
Watch the video.
New Study: European non-GMO Crops More Successful than U.S. GMO Crops
New research published in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability indicates that—contrary to Monsanto claims— plant breeding, not genetic engineering, is responsible for increased yields in crops. All things considered, Europe came out ahead of the United States in the areas of crop yield, pest reduction, pesticide use, environmental impact, and overall sustainability. Read full article.
Insect Invasion: GMO Seeds Cause Brazilian Caterpillars to Eat Up Profits
Genetically modified crops in Brazil–including soy, corn, and cotton–are being devoured by voracious caterpillars whose predators were wiped out by the pesticides in GMO seeds. As a result, Brazilian farmers are facing huge financial losses.
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Iflizwerequeen Related Comments
With more education, we all evolve to different opinions. I know i have (not that I still don’t have a long way to go). Five years ago I used Roundup on dandelions on my lawn and on the weeds in the cracks in my sidewalk. Today, half of my lawn has been replaced with an organic urban farm–one third of which is now growing perennial vegetables and fruits as well as annual vegetables and flowers for the bees.
So, what about that half-filled container of Roundup and other harmful chemicals I still have in a plastic tub in my garage? Here in Garland we have a chemical recycling center. I need to learn more about it and what they do with the chemicals I bring to them before I’m comfortable with bringing pesticides. I’ll make that a goal to accomplish before the end of December.
Last Saturday (Nov 2) Charlie and I visited the lovely Plano Community garden as well as its Environmental Education Community Center. While I’m impressed with all the great work the citizens of Plano are doing in their efforts to make their city more green, there is one area that troubles me. It’s their recycling center. Citizens can drop of pesticides and paint. The pesticides are transferred into clean containers, properly labeled and then citizens can come down and pick up these pesticides for free. I may need to inquire again regarding this practice because I may have misunderstood. Perhaps you can call them yourself and inquire.
1. First of all the volunteers who handle this pesticide are exposed to harsh, genetically damaging chemicals..
2. Second of all this means these harmful chemicals will be released into the local environment as we can assume the citizens picking them up will be using them.
What seems to make more sense is to take the chemical products back to the manufacturers’ plants who make them. If a manufacturer is not nearby, then take them back to WalMart, or a nearby store that sells these chemicals. Since they are part of the problem, we would be giving these folks the opportunity to be part of the solution.