G.M. Food

‘The Dirty Dozen’ – The 12 worst foods to buy non-organic

Organic produce

I find it quite alarming that most fruits and vegetables grown that are not classed organic are covered with all sorts of chemicals which are of detriment to our health.  With long term exposure to such chemicals, namely pesticides, we can develop serious illness.  They cannot be washed off or peeled away, they absorb into the fruits and veg and then into our bodies.  The elderly and young are most effected by this.

I realise we cannot all be super healthy, uber organic munching beings.  We normally lead hard lives in a difficult situations and mostly live in very polluted cultures/societies, this relates to physical pollution (the air we breath, what we choose to eat and drink….) and also the mental pollution that we tolerate and consume via the media and skewed social norms that do not promote health, love and vitality.  Many of these social norms seem to be leading us away from happiness and our connection with nature and each other.

A few people have mentioned to me that man only developed into a sophisticated being (that’s what we are!?!) when he began cooking and eating meat in prehistory.  So why revert to a plant based diet?  I believe we have come a long way since then!!!!  We certainly have more choices than a caveman would, more science at our disposal and a better understanding of nutrition.  What we eat affects our entire being, it is not just fuel for the body to feed of, it can be an inspiration experience, a opportunity to be creative.  Food, and the enjoyment of it, is a life long passion that can brighten every day.  Eating food that is made with love is a huge step towards a healthy existence, this food must also be grown with care and love.

We will all get ill at some stage of life, this is for certain.  The choices that Jane and I are making now are not only based on a more vibrant lifestyle and a greater sense of vitality, but on putting a few extra miles on the clock.  Giving ourselves a better chance of enjoying our later years and experimenting with our bodies whilst we are young and in our prime(ish).

I may sound like a broken record here, but it is VERY important.  We are what we eat…….   Industrialised farming techniques and major pesticide corporations are definitely not your friend.  Moving to a vegetarian diet is a step in the right direction for the environment (plant based foods, on average, us five times less land and generate ten times less CO2 emissions than animal based foods).  It can also be a great choice healthwise.

The next major step that we face is trying to control our own food supply.  If we can take control of the food we buy and educate ourselves about how it is produced, we begin to change the way that we eat and view food in general.  We make a statement to the food producers that we will not tolerate substandard food that harms us and has little or no nutritional value or flavour.

Seasonal, organic produce has a greater concentration of nutrients, meaning less is more!  You only need a smaller portion and your body is satisfied.  Non-organically produce foods can have as much as 50% less vitamins and minerals present as organically grown ones.

If we accept rubbish produce, they will keep feeding us rubbish produce.  If we demand better, we will inevitably get better.  This is the wonderful power that us modern day consumers have.  Demand the best for yourself and the planet.  Most people take better care of their cars than their bodies!  Give yourself the best fuel possible and you will run on and on and……………

The way that we spend and direct out pounds/dollars/yen/rupees makes all the difference.  It is one of our greatest methods of influencing our societies which are increasingly controlled by large, profit hungry corporations/governments (the difference has become negligible).

This post is not designed to put anyone off eating vegetables and fruit!  It is a platform for information, produced by an independent research body, that will assist you in making an informed choice the next time you hit the market or shop.

I found the below information useful when trying to balance the cost of shopping organic with the potential moral and health factors of not buying certain organic produce.  The truth is, in our location, we cannot always buy organic, it is too costly and sometimes unavailable.  We don’t worry about some non-organic produce slipping onto our plate, life’s to short!  But we much prefer the ‘good stuff’, mainly due to the ethics of the people who decide to produce organically.  They are our kind of folk.

Below is a list of produce that you should try to buy organically, due to the high levels of pesticides used to grow them by non-organic means:

Fruits

Apples, cherries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, strawberries

Vegetables

Bell peppers, carrots, celery, lettuce, all root vegetables.

And here are some foods with lower amounts of pesticides:

Fruits

Avocado, kiwi, mango, tomato, papaya, pineapple, watermelon

Vegetables

Asparagus, broccoli, corn, cabbage, aubergine, onion, sweet peas.

(Taken from the raw food book ‘Live Raw’ by Mimi Kirk)

I genuinely believe a good diet is one of the primary steps to making the world a better place to be and buying organic (or demanding organic!) is a choice well worth making.

Wishing long and healthy lives for you allXXXXX

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We are what we eat – G.M. Foods, Millions Against Monsanto, G.M.O’s and Codex Alimentarius

‘YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT’.  So what are we eating?

THE TRUTH IS, THERE IS SOMETHING VERY WRONG WITH THE WAY WE ARE PRODUCING OUR FOOD.

I don’t mean our farmer Pete down the road, who is growing organically with an ethical approach and love for nature.  I mean generally.  On a global scale.  Our modern, industrialised approach to nature and food.

GM foods (or GMO’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_organism) are affecting us all.  Unless we are very well-informed and stringent with our food supply a GMO is present on every plate of food we consume.

This is a major issue for the future of the human race. 

This is in no way and exaggeration of the problem we face.  Monsanto is a good example of the people who are treating and managing our food.  It is a vile multi-national corporation who are involved in many terrible projects and have a deadly track record.

To name one of their crimes against humanity.  Monsanto are knowingly selling infertile seeds to farmers (‘infertile’ meaning that farmers need to buy new seeds each season from Monsanto at inflated prices).  These seeds then produce hybrid seeds after mixing with the local, indigenous plants.  This process carries on, naturally, bees, birds and the wind spread these tainted seeds throughout the land, leaving us with a truly horrifying situation.  Sterile nature!  Can you dare to imagine!

If unchecked, this will be (is!) a huge concern to us all.  Monsanto is but an example of the type of people, all to common in the madness of the worlds multi-nationals, who place money (or coloured paper) before the lives of other humans, nature and bizarrely enough themselves (after all, they eat this food and have their own families).  This suggests a level of insanity that if allowed to spread any further, may infect us all and will certainly ruin the planet for future generations.  God knows how these cretins will be viewed by our children and our children’s children.  Will we be the generation that sat and watched the world being ruined by a bunch of greedy bankers and fat cats?  I sincerely hope not.

This is a huge problem and when faced an issue of such magnitude, it’s easy to feel helpless and lost.  Below are some sites and information that have inspired me to educate myself about this crisis and get involved, tell my friends etc.  You will rarely (if ever) see in mass media.  Not because it isn’t true.  Surely this is front page news!?

http://organicconsumers.org/monsanto/index.cfm

There is much info on this brilliant U.S. site if you’re interested in an organic way of life and a reversal in the nightmarish trend towards G.M.O. foods (I was told that Spain is now 100% GMO which is very, very scary.  You can’t reverse 100%).  The facts are laid out here for us all to see Monsanto are up to.

Next we have Codex who are an organisation we should all know more about.  They set the food safety guidelines for the World Health Organisations (backed by the U.N. and most ‘developed’ countries).  Codex seems to be a company ran by people who are utterly detached from the natural world and the seemingly logical manner in which people should healthily eat, live and prosper.  See the video clip below.  It is quite startling.  In fact, Codex’s agenda seems at odds with their stated purpose of existence, namely to ‘protect the health of the consumer’.  These are the same people who claimed nutrients to be ‘TOXINS’.  This is alarming, baffling and quite true.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codex_Alimentarius

Below is an impassioned clip of CODEX being explained (part 1 of 4) in full by an experienced doctor.  This is a MUST WATCH if you are concerned about the future of the world’s food.

Also an article in the Guardian (U.K.) about Codex putting forward plans to eradicate health supplements and a list of nutrients from out diets.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2004/feb/29/health.shopping

Much of our food is being irradiated, supported by our food guardians at Codex.  Fruit and Veg blasted with radiation!  You know that pear, pineapple etc…. that hasn’t ripened in a month!?  Read more below (PS – I use Wikipedia articles because they are reasonably balanced and credible to most people.  There is a lot more and possibly better info if you have a quick search yourself.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_irradiation

Hopefully these get your juices going (you can probably tell, its gets me pumped up!).  Unfortunately this is merely the tip of the iceberg.

As far as we can tell, nature is our only real example of perfection.  Who are we to tamper with something so pure.   Something that actually works!  I think even the most devout supporter of a GM future would verify to the erratic, imperfect history of human behavior.  We most definitely do not know everything and should in no way be responsible for our future as a species of funny looking primates.

I could rant here all day, this is a diverse and very deep subject that all governments, The World Health Organisation, The United Nations etcetcetc are all involved in.  These people are not our friends.

It’s big fight, but one that is surely worth getting involved with, at least educating ourselves about.  What we are putting into our bodies and the bodies of our kids?  For those who say, ‘I cant do anything’ (email me, we can start something), or ‘its not important’ (I’ve met a few), I would ask you to read a little into it and imagine a world were in this generation your local bank also doubles as a seed bank, where you can buy one type of apple at Tesco stores across Europe and where the beauty of spring blooming will only occur at a monetary cost.

And by way of a finale……..

THE MEN WHO RUN CODEX PRODUCED THE GAS FOR THE NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMPS.  THE MEN WHO RUN MONSANTO PRODUCED AGENT ORANGE TO DECIMATE VIETNAM DURING THE WAR.

These are not the people I want to control the future of food?  How about you?

WE ARE WHAT WE EAT!

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