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Before You Sit Down to Those Upcoming Holiday Barbeques…
Summer’s here and the livin’ is easy. Well, before you roll out those hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer and hunker down to a family barbeque watch the below cited video regarding GMO’s, pesticides, insecticides, and other engineered foods. The implications go far beyond the obvious health risks and have long-term consequences lasting for generations, so it is important to understand the full ramifications of Frankenfoods. The first step is to begin to grow your own foodstuffs and become proficient at small scale agriculture, the second step is to view this video, and the third is to contact your Federal Representatives and Senators to demand that GMO labeling be included in any consumable food product that we take into our bodies.
BTW, for all you “organic and natural” consumers you must understand that what is labeled organic and natural, well, just ain’t necessarily so. Often in areas where organic foods are grown there may be a GMO farm down the road. In the world of nature there is no such thing as isolation so drifting of pollen occurs with regularity. IN fact, organic certification takes this into account by passing off so called GMO pollen-contaminated foodstuffs if the organic farmer takes steps to mitigate the damage caused through such measures as fallow boundary areas; removing contaminated plants over a span of time, usually two to three years; and other actions. This however, does not preclude that an isolation and separation does actually occur. Indeed, since many pollinating insects regularly forage in a two to eight mile radius, (honeybees, for example), they could easily and most likely be bringing in contaminated pollen no matter what the organic farmer my do to prevent it. Wind drift, depending on speed and direction can also take GMO pollen far afield from its originating location thereby contaminating organic farms miles away from the offending crops. Yet, organic certification allows for this as long as the organic farmer makes best efforts to avoid this situation. So, once again, as in much of contemporary living, we have useless feel good solutions to real time problems.
Considering the foregoing paragraph, the backyard suburban farmers actually stands a greater chance of isolation in his backyard crop because he is not usually in an agricultural region, thus, avoiding to a large extent natural drifting and cross-pollination. So if you are really serious about “organic and natural” food, break out the old spade, shovel, and hoe and brake up that green and useless lawn, stop being a lawn-farmer, and get busy perfecting your personal agricultural skills. It is the best way to ensure truly healthy food for you and your family.
I urge all readers of Catholic Rural Solutions to watch this important video, it is worth the time.
Here is the web citation:
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.