My post today is personal. I am beyond moderate vexation. I really want to make a commitment to eating non-GMO. I’ve made adjustments like buying the organic versions of the most heavily genetically modified foods in America like soy, corn, canola, dairy and cotton (cotton in food is cotton seed oil). I pay attention to the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 (see graphic below) when I shop. I am telling people – informing people every chance I get and every time they’ll actually listen. Most people really don’t want to know this stuff and want to go on blindly and blissfully eating what they love. I can’t really say I blame them and sometimes I wish I didn’t know what I know. Many don’t really believe GMO is even an issue. The more I research this topic, the more I realize it is the health issue of our time. People aren’t dropping dead – yet, but with what I’ve learned, and posted on my previous blogs, I am convinced that GMO causes disease and the most susceptible are babies and children. Worse yet, I believe that GMOs are messing with our DNA, and may do irreparable damage. Many people might be thinking… well you’re not a scientist. No, I’m not a scientist – but I’ve read the reports and done my homework. I am learning more every day. And I am a believer in common sense.
Facts + common sense = nagging in my gut that I can’t get rid of.
But here is my dillema of the day. I had a rough day at work (I am a music teacher in a public school) and on the way home I stopped to purchase a bottle of wine. I thought relaxing in front of the tube to watch the vice presidential debate with a glass of white wine on ice sounded really refreshing. As I shopped for wine, and mind you, it was in a locally owned store that boasts one of the larger organic selections in the area, it dawned on me that I had not researched how many GMOs are in wine. I bought a bottle of local wine anyway with the plan to google GMO + wine when I got home.
Well guess what? Unless it’s labeled ‘organic’, North American wine is sure to be made with GMO ingredients, namely, yeast, beet sugar, and corn syrup – and wouldn’t you know it there are even GMO grapes out there! Now try to find the ‘organic’ wine section in this store, a so-called healthier choice store, let alone a run-of-the-mill-national chain store like, say, Krogers. The organic wine section is miniscule if you can even find it at all. I actually did recently try one of the three organic wine choices this store featured and was sadly disappointed with it. Bless their hearts for trying but it was not up to snuff. So now, apparently, I have to give up wine and beer (which is apparently just as GMO-laden) if I am to stand up for what I believe in.
I’m not happy about that! I love my wine and micro-brew. And part of me wants to honestly say: “to hell with it.”
Below is a list of the Dirty Dozen, foods you should always buy organic, and the clean 15, foods that are OK to buy non-organic.