Food Hazards? GMO's vs NonGMO vs Organics -Avoiding Monsanto's Roundup (glyphosate) Contam
What is the most important reason for buying an Organic product? What can you do to reduce your exposure to pesticides and herbicides like glyphosate? Is Monsanto's Roundup really that bad? What about GMOs? What does that NonGMO label mean? This video addresses all of these concerns.
► GMOs: Some GMOs have resulted in produce that was unpalatable and thus, never brought to market. Some genetically engineered organisms have actually benefited us by improving disease resistance. But the most common traits are the inclusion of bt and ht genes. Other GMO modifications can lengthen the shelf life of harvested crops. Mushrooms that take longer to go bad. Tomatoes that have a longer storage life. Apples that don't turn brown.
Many of these GMO traits are designed to support the profits of retail chains and industrial agriculture practices. They may reduce some food waste and improve efficiency, keeping costs lower. But they also promote the widespread application of herbicides, while doing little or nothing to improve flavor or nutritional content of our food. (Don't get me started on Golden Rice.)
► GLYPHOSATE: Some countries have moved to ban it's usage, but proponents assert that excluding Roundup would mean the reliance on even MORE toxic alternatives. Trying to ban the product might not be very effective at triggering agricultural reform. But if consumers vote with their dollars for organic alternatives, then more farmers will be prompted to make the switch.
► ORGANICS: To discount organic agriculture as useless "marketing hype" is a gross overgeneralization. And promoting that view is irresponsible. People will cite copper fungicide as being super toxic, although being approved for organic gardening. However, they don't cite which crops are treated with copper and whether that element makes its way onto the harvested product. These are broad, poorly researched statements designed to appeal to the general public. Do your own research and stop listening to "gurus" who know very little or nothing about farming or even gardening!
Each product we purchase should be assessed on a case by case basis. Conventionally grown strawberries are laden with pesticides. So grow your own! Spinach is also very contaminated, but not if your buy organic. Meanwhile, onions and broccoli are much cleaner and so conventional should be just fine. Regardless, eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains should always be promoted. Don't ever avoid eating whole plant products out of fear of contamination. Compared to eating extra animal products, you will be much better off!
Does the USDA Organic standard need an overhaul? Perhaps so. But that is no reason to throw it out the window and reject everything it stands for. Advocate for reform where needed. Promote those refinements that you believe in. Why not push for the labeling of pesticides on ALL of our foods? Until consumers are better informed about pesticide residues in their foods, choosing Organic produce can be a very sensible choice. And the same goes for home gardening!!!
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