Genetically Modified Food

If you had asked me about my views on GM seeds in 2009 I would have been very much on the fence, neither for or against. However, these last few years have been a massive learning curve for me and I am now most definitely against them. How anyone can think it is ok to add toxic pesticides and herbicides to the genes of our food and for us to then consume them must be insane.

Where they are grown, GM-crops are linked to massive increases in herbicide use, the expansion of mono-cultural farming practices, and increased costs all along the food chain. The only winners are the stock holders and controllers of the companies that own these businesses.
Most GM crops are engineered to produce insecticides in the plants themselves. These crops are constantly producing toxins when they are not even necessary, and can indiscriminately kill other insects beneficial for the environment.

GM crops do not tackle hunger or poverty and there is still not a single commercial GM crop with increased yield, enhanced nutrition or other 'beneficial' trait

The fact that the plants die after a year and new seeds have to be purchased should ring alarm bells to all.

Buying organic should safeguard you from these harmful crops but the only real guarantee is to avoid the following : -

Soy - Around 60% of the worlds soybean crop is genetically modified, a higher percentage than for any other crop. Each year, the EU Member States import approximately 40 million tonnes of soy material, used mainly for feeding cattle, pigs, and chickens. Soybeans are also used to produce many food additives. So if you eat meat ensure it is organic and grass fed and avoid any additives in your food. Cook from scratch.

Maize is the only GM crop that is currently grown in Europe but that could be changing as I write. It is used mainly for animal feed and in the starch industry.

Corn - Monsanto has revealed that half of the US's sweet corn farms are planted with genetically modified seed.

Rapeseed -German food surveillance authorities discovered as much as a third of the total pollen present in Canadian honey may be from GM pollen. In fact, some honey products from Canada were also discovered to have pollen from GM rapeseed.

Sugarbeet, potatoes, tomatoes,peas, and rice can be GM, and even cotton seed is used in animal feed.

Strict labelling can help but the best way to defeat these companies that are producing these crops is to make sure every penny you spend is not going to them. If we all did this then they would have lost control.