An experiment in conscious living.

Commitment #14

“I will boycott all GMOs.”

When I read The Huffington Post report on Monsanto’s GMO corn being linked to organ failure I knew it was time to, once again, take a stand against this form of experimentation. GMO, GEO, GE, biotech, call it what you will. If you were to google “GMOs” today you would get an alarming cocktail of “facts” leading you to believe one thing or another, making it virtually impossible to see this issue in black and white. Therefore, I’m going to embrace the precautionary principle by making a commitment to avoid GMOs altogether. I am not a lab rat.

Working against me in my effort are some astonishing trends. Did you know that 80% of all corn grown in the U.S. comes from Monsanto’s patented, genetically engineered seeds? Did you know that this GE corn has already found its way into most processed food products found on supermarket shelves? Check food labels for baking powder, cellulose, corn flower, corn oil, corn syrup, diglycerides, ethyl acetate, fructose, gluten, high-fructose corn syrup, saccharin, sorbic acid, sorbitol, sucrose, xanthan gum and more. The GM ingredient list doesn’t stop there either — soy, cotton (cottonseed oil), rapeseed (canola), sugar cane and sugar beets are also largely grown from genetically engineered seed. In fact, 95% of all soy grown in the U.S. also comes from Monsanto’s cache of seeds.

A handful of multinational corporations, like Monsanto, currently control the American food system — from seed to supermarket — and they don’t want consumers to know where their food comes from. If all this makes you feel uneasy, don’t look to regulators for comfort. While polls show an overwhelming 90% of U.S. citizens would like GMOs to be labeled, largely so that they could avoid them, our government continues to stand with the corporations in support of their interests.

Take the time to educate yourself. Start by watching The Future of Food, Food, Inc. and FRESH the movie. Trust me, you’ll never look at your food the same.

Join me in making this lifestyle commitment at Kanu Hawai`i.

The Future of Food Movie Trailer

Food,Inc. Movie Trailer

FRESH Movie Trailer


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