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What the Heck is a GMO?

What the Heck is a GMO?   

GMO.  We hear the word batted around on the news, in magazines and at the grocery store.  But do you really know what they are?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism.  GM plants (genetically modified, as they are referred to) have had their DNA altered through genetic engineering techniques.  We aren’t talking about cross pollination here.  This is done in a lab at the gene/DNA level.

Example: GMO Corn

DNA from one organism, say bacteria, is injected into another organism, say corn.  Some sweet corn has been genetically altered so that its DNA includes an insect-killing gene from bacteria.  The corn is now able to kill insects all on its own without the use of insecticides.  Sounds like it might be useful.  Reduce the pesticide use, right?  Wrong.  According to Just Label It!, recent evidence shows that these pests are becoming resistant to the insect-killing agent in Bt Corn.  As a result, insecticides are still being sprayed on Bt Corn.  Then think about the corn itself.  What happens to the corn?  We eat it.  Would you want to eat insecticide? 

 

GMOs linked to Diseases

Many people believe that GMOs play at least some role in celiac disease, food allergies, auto immune diseases, and even leukemia.  I was dumb-founded at the evidence presented in the film Genetic Roulette.  As far as I know, there isn’t conclusive evidence linking GMOs to diseases, but it just may be that the studies have been suppressed or haven’t been given funding. 

For me, I see such an increase in food allergies, food intolerances, ADD/ADHA and autism now compared to when I was growing up.  Something is going on.  Peanut free tables and classrooms are common place in schools.  I never ever remember knowing or meeting one person of my age group allergic to peanuts.  Now, I can name at least 10 my children know without trying very hard.

 

How To Avoid GMOs

Many countries around the world label GMOs.  64 countries and counting.  Some have even banned GMOs.  The U.S. as a whole, is not among them.  There is information floating around the internet claiming you can use the PLU codes found on produce.  Unfortunately, this is not reliable.  Using the GMO designation (the number 8) is optional.  With all the controversy, I’d be very surprised to find anything labeled with the number 8.  

Maine and Connecticut recently passed legislation to require labeling of GMOs.  Chipotle is now, voluntarily, labeling all of their ingredients.  23 states have introduced labeling legislation just this year – including Massachusetts.

For now, if you want to avoid GMOs:

  1. Buy USDA certified organic – organic foods can NOT contain GMOs.  This is especially important for the top GMOs crops – corn, soy, canola, Hawaiian papaya, alfalfa, sugar beets, zucchini and yellow summer squash.NonGMOProjectLabel
  2. Look for third party certification verifying there are no GMOs – like the Non-GMO project label to the right.

 

 

I am just beginning to delve into the GMO topic.  It is a huge topic and I urge you to learn more.  Stay tuned here and on my Facebook and twitter feeds as I will be passing on what I learn.   

Washington state is gearing up for a vote this November.  If you know anyone who lives in Washington State, send them the link and ask them to #Yeson522.

 

Are you concerned about GMOs?

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Genetic Roulette {Friday Film Fest}

 

{The Greening Of Westford} Genetic Roulette Review

Have you heard the term GMO?  Most people have, but may not know exactly what they are.  The film Genetic Roulette, explains not only what a GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) is, but also gives some background and presents issues surrounding GMOs.  The film starts with the statement that since the mid 1990’s, Americans are sicker than Europeans.  Not the kind of statement you want to hear, but hear you must.

As the film progresses, what GMOs are and how they affect our bodies unfold.  The film makes links between GMO use and the many diseases that are on the rise.  It also sheds light on the unsettling, in my opinion, links between business and the government.

Most documentaries have interviews with experts.  This film is entirely “interview” format.  No voice overs explaining and making connections.  While I was impressed with the number of experts interviewed for this film and the amazing way it was edited to explain in a logical fashion, I did find the format difficult to follow at times.  There is a lot of information in this film!  Some of it I was familiar with so I could absorb most of it.  But for the truly “new to GMOs”, it might be too much information and be overwhelming.

This is what I liked best about the film.  Not only do they explain GMOs so you can decide for yourself whether you want to be eating them or not, but if you choose not, they also give resources for avoiding GMOs.

To watch the film for yourself, you can rent it for 7 days for $2.99 or purchase it for $14.99 here: Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of Our Lives.

 

Have You Seen Genetic Roulette?  What Did You Think?

 

Full disclosure: There are a few affiliate links in this post. Any products ordered through the links will put a few cents in my pocket and help support this blog. Thank you!

 

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Nashua NH Costco Price List

Costco Price List {The Greening Of Westford}

The array of organic and “natural” food products at Costco is amazing and growing.  I have been doing price comparisons for a while to save money.  I hadn’t updated my prices in quite some time.  So it was time!

Here are prices for Organic and other “natural” items found at the Nashua, New Hampshire Costco.  There are other price lists like this on the internet, but many of them neglect to tell you which store (or at least region) the prices were gathered from.  Many of them, I found, did not apply at my Costco – either the products were not available or the prices were not the same.  And of course the price difference was not in my favor.

Prices were checked on February 27, 2013.

Unit prices are for units stated in the “Size” column.

Dairy
 
 
Item Size/Count Units Price Unit Price
         
Kirkland Organic Eggs 24 eggs 6.99 0.29
Silk Organic Vanilla Soy Milk 3 half gallon 7.39 2.46
Kirkland Organic Milk – Lowfat 3 half gallon 10.99 3.66
Kirkland Organic Milk – Whole 3 half gallon 11.99 4.00
Parmesan Reggiano 1 lb 10.99 10.99
 
 
Pantry Staples
 
Item 
Size 
Price 
Unit Price 
Kirkland/Starbucks Fair Trade Coffee Beans
2 lbs
10.99
5.50
Organic Mayorca Coffee Beans
2 lbs
13.99
7.00
Kirkland Natural Peanut Butter (2/40oz)
80 oz
8.79
0.11
Maranatha Natural Almond Butter
26 oz
6.99
0.27
Kirkland Organic Strawberry Spread
42 oz
7.49
0.18
Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Sugar
10 lbs
9.69
0.97
Dutch Gold Pure Clover  Honey
5 lbs
11.99
2.40
Kirkland 100% Maple Syrup
32 oz
12.99
0.41
Organic Blue Agave Nectar (2/36 oz)
72 oz
9.89
0.14
Filippo Berio Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1.5 liter
8.59
5.73
Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (unrefined, cold pressed)
54 oz
15.99
0.30
King Arthur unbleached all purpose flour
25 lbs
14.99
0.60
Kirkland Almonds
3 lbs
12.99
4.33
Kirkland Pine Nuts
24 oz
23.99
1.00
Kirkland Walnuts
3 lbs
16.99
5.66
Kirkland Pecans
2 lbs
13.99
7.00
 
 
Stock
 
Item 
Size 
Price 
Unit Price 
Kirkland Organic chicken Stock
6 quarts
10.99
1.83
Pacific Organic free range chicken broth
6 quarts
11.59
1.93
Better Than Boullion Organic Chicken Base (low sodium)
16 oz
6.89
0.43
Better Than Boullion Organic Beef Base (low sodium)
16 oz
6.99
0.44
 
 
Grains/Cereal
 
Item 
Size 
Price 
Unit Price 
Nature’s Earthly Choice Organic Quinoa
4 lbs
8.59
2.15
Nature’s Earthly Choice Chia Seeds
2 lbs
9.89
4.95
Della Organic Long Grain Brown Rice
12 lbs
13.39
1.12
Nature’s Earthly Choice Black Rice
4 lbs
6.69
1.67
Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal
10 lbs
7.89
0.79
Nature’s Path Organic Pumpkin Flax Plus Granola
35.3 oz
7.49
0.21
 
 
Produce
 
Item 
Size 
Price 
Unit Price 
Earthbound Organic Table Carrots
10 lbs
7.99
0.80
Earthbound Organic Baby Peeled Carrots
5 lbs
6.49
1.30
Organic Spring Mix Greens
1lb
4.99
4.99
 
 
Canned Tomato Products
 
Note:  According to an email response from Costco, their tomato product cans are BPA-free.  
 
Item 
Size 
Price 
Unit Price 
Kirkland Organic Tomato Paste
12 (6oz cans)
5.99
0.50
Kirkland Organic Tomato Sauce
12 (15 oz cans)
6.99
0.58
Kirkland Organic diced tomatoes
8 (14.5 oz cans)
5.99
0.75
Del Monte Organic diced tomatoes (canned)
8 (14.5 oz cans)
5.99
0.75
 
 
 
Meat
 
Item 
Size 
Price per lb 
Coleman Organic Boneless Skinless chicken breasts
4 lbs
5.99
Coleman Organic Chicken Thighs
4 lbs
3.99
Coleman Organic whole chicken
2 ~3 lb chickens
2.49
Organic Ground Beef
4 lbs
4.25
 
 
 
Household
 
Item 
Size 
Price 
Unit Price 
Kirkland Environmentally Responsible Laundry Detergent
120 loads
13.99
0.12
Kirkland Dish Soap
135 oz
8.89
0.07
Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
13.5 lbs
6.49
0.48
 

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