Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Homestead Revival: Your New Future: GMO Plants and Food

I shared this from another blog- it's pretty important. Also don't overlook the e coli factor, I wonder myself if these recent outbreaks could be caused by our meddling with our food sources. Remember, you are eating everything they put into these seeds- Roundup- that is what is in them. Sometimes it is from the food itself, sometimes from eating meat of the animals that ate the modified animal feed. Don't forget the bees, the butterflies, hummingbirds, etc. that rely on nectar.

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Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I shared this from a homestead blog- it's pretty important- you need to know what you are eating. Take note of the e-coli link too.

Yahoobuckaroo's Blog said...

I was a meat inspector for the USDA for just a couple of months before deciding to move back to Illinois during the early 90s, and one thing I can tell you is that the vast majority of Salmonella and E. coli cases we see in the USA originate from a foreign country. Food inspections here are actually extremely tight. But even when we ban foods from certain countries, they usually find an alternative route in via a second country (Canada is often the culprit).

It helps tremendously if you stay away from resturants as much as possible because a lot of their food stocks come from outside the country. When you buy food at the store, look to see where it's manufactured. And remember that there are some crops and animals that aren't native to the USA. We grow very little rice here for instance. Most of our seafood comes from foreign sources too.

What don't kill ya, makes ya stronger. Until then you only wish you were dead.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

It really concerns me that they are engineering pesticides inside of seeds, we can't control that. I read that some of these poisons are showing up in fetal blood so we're not processing it out as first believed.

We do look at the country of origin, in fact we found a great deal where you could choose 5 selections of various frozen foods for $25, but guess where it was all made- China! We passed on the deal.

Manny said...

Thanks. That was important. I have used Roundup in the past. If I still have some I will throw it out.

Yahoobuckaroo's Blog said...

Actually, you'd be surprised how much of the cattle in America is owned by Chinese investors. They also own a lot of range land in the USA. Germans own a ton of land on the east coast around NY. I've always been amazed how we can allow people who aren't citizens to own so much land here.

"showing up in fetal blood"

Did you mean "fecal?" That would make more sense to me. Most bacterial outbreaks can be traced to contamination from fecal matter.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Here is my e coli concern. I wonder if the presence of it in engineered seeds creates a situation where we have more outbreaks, more than the typical conditions in the past.

"e.coli is used in plant genetic engineering to make copies of a gene construct that is eventually transferred into the plant."

Fetal- yes, baby blood. "The study, published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology, was carried out by doctors at the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Center in Quebec, Canada. Doctors took blood samples from 30 pregnant women and 39 women who were not having a baby. They were looking for residues of the pesticides associated with the cultivation of genetically modified food. The Canadian team told the journal publishing the study that this is the first to highlight the presence of pesticides associated with genetically modified foods in maternal, fetal and non-pregnant women’s blood."

Mary N. said...

Thank you for this information. I have been concerned over this issue for some time now and I try to avoid GMO plants and foods. With produce this is fairly easy as the # starts with a three when they are genetically modified(versus 4 for regular and 9 for organic). It's much harder when it comes to packaged foods. I try to buy organic when I can but this gets very expensive.
To be honest, Monsanto frightens me. They have too much power and I've read about the "Terminator Technology" and the suing of small farmers. I've also heard that Monsanto WINS these cases!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I can't trust most food sources these days, between this situation and imports purposely infected with toxins! You might enjoy keeping up with the Homestead Revival blog plus the ones that connect to her. I have found so much good information as we try to become more self sufficient and prepare our own food if possible. Plus, the homesteaders seem to be nice, good and respectful people.

Yahoobuckaroo's Blog said...

"I wonder if the presence of it in engineered seeds creates a situation where we have more outbreaks, more than the typical conditions in the past."

Hmm, food for thought. (Now you're asking yourself, did he make a pun, or didn't he?) I guess it's possible. They probably don't know. Big business is great at delivering snowjobs. Just like all these oil wells in the Gulf. I think it's pretty obvious by now that the owners don't really have any kind of containment plan in case of a massive spill. There are over 10,000 oil wells in the Gulf. Can you imagine what would happen to the ocean(s) if a 10.0 earthquake hit the ocean floor right where a bunch of those wells are sitting and split just 100 of them open all at once? It would likely be the death of every living thing on the planet.