Get Crafty to Avoid GMO Foods

This week Lori told us about the new Monsanto Protection Act which basically lets Monsanto do anything they want to do and protects them from any sort of legal punishment. This is very scary news for the health of our nation, our children, and our environment.

I learned a long time ago that the most important part of creating any change is to first change myself. It is a daunting task to take on Monsanto and with the government curled up inside their pockets, they will be extremely hard to stop. Fortunately, there are lots of things that we can all do to protect ourselves! Let’s get crafty and create a beautiful, GMO-free world!!

GROW A GARDEN

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The best way to truly know your food and the impact it has on the environment is to grow it yourself! If you have never gardened before, then start small and just grow a few things. You can grow in the ground or in pots, in vertical gardens, on patios, in a community garden.. Below are a few examples of how to grow a garden in creative ways.

Ten Reasons to Grow a Garden

Small-Space Gardening

No-dig Gardens

Deep Green Permaculture

How to Keep Monsanto Out of Your Garden

Monsanto has bought up a significant amount of the seed market, almost 40%! This includes organic and heirloom seeds, so you need to buy seeds from a trusted source that does not carry any Monsanto seed stock.

Monsanto-Free Seed Companies

Great article by theHealthyHomeEconomist – The Four Steps Required to Keep Monsanto OUT of Your Garden

Shop Locally

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Most of us aren’t able to commit the time and space to growing ALL of the food that we eat. For whole foods, meats, and dairy that you don’t raise or grow at home – find a local source! When you shop locally, you can talk to the farmer personally and find out all about their practices. There are farmers markets in every big city and most small towns too. If there isn’t a farmers market nearby, there may be several farmers that you don’t know about. LocalHarvest is a fabulous resource for finding local food in your area!

Avoid Processed Foods

Most processed and prepared foods in most grocery stores across the USA contain a lot of GMO ingredients. Familiarize yourself with the ingredients that are likely to come from GMO crops and actively avoid those foods. The best way to keep GMO out of your diet is to prepare all of your meals from WHOLE FOOD ingredients (from your garden and local farmers).

 

It is disturbing and completely horrendous that Monsanto and other GMO food companies are getting away with such extreme atrocities. GMOs are a death sentence to all diversity in the natural world so we need to be proactive in keeping them out of our lives. Does anyone have more crafty ideas on how to actively avoid and fight against Monsanto and all GMO foods? Please leave your comments below.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. great post, thank you for all the seed links!

  2. Thank you for the reminder Desiree- this issue has me feeling very defeated this week – even so many foods in our health food store including every single bottle of Vitamin C is GMO …

    • Hey Cat,
      I find it really important to take vitamin C and I make my own vitamin C tinctures. They are made from whole foods – rose hips, hibiscus and elderberry. I also used to take a vitamin C supplement that was an organic whole food vitamin that derived the whole form of vitamin C from things like ascerola cherries, rose hips, and 20 or so other ingredients. I like to take all my vitamins in whole food form because once your take a single component our of a food, it no longer acts the same as when it was working together with the other components of the food. I’m sorry to hear about the foods at your health food store. You should express your concern with them. And I hope you’re able to grow some food at home!

  3. Thanks Desiree. The list of seed companies is a great resource.
    We have been doing small space gardening for 3 years now using the “Square Foot” method in our front yard. Working great.
    Bonnie

    • It’s amazing how much can be grown in a square foot of space, and that style of gardening is such a great place for small-space gardeners to start! Do you have any blog articles about your square foot garden, Bonnie? I’d love to read about it. :)

  4. Thanks for this great article Dez. I feel the time is ripe to start growing a small raised bed garden on my patio (if I can convince the condo association to allow it).

    • I think you can do it Linda! I live in an apartment myself and we spoke with the management and maintenance people who had no problem with it. We keep it looking neat and beautiful and always include flowers. It might help you to go with a plan laid out for them to see it would be very beautiful, and definitely not an eye sore. :)

  5. Thank you for reminding us to ‘make the change we wish to see in the world’!

    • “Unless someone cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss

      We can all be those someones who care by doing our part! :)