Dr. Seralini to speak this weekend in San Diego

Dr.Gilles-Eric-SeraliniFor those who will be in or around the San Diego, California area this weekend, there’s a very special event taking place you may want to get to. Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini, the scientist who exposed the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in what turned out to be a hotly contested study, will headline the Environmental Health Solutions Public Forum in San Diego this Sunday, March 6, 2016, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

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No GMO’s in your favorite foods? Not likely.

photo by Margarita Persico @ www.thehealthydish.com

photo by Margarita Persico @ http://www.thehealthydish.com

There are plenty of headlines about GMO labeling and the mega-money being thrown against it by giant food manufacturers. For consumers, the information is often misleading and confusing.

The terms GMO – genetically modified organisms – and GE – genetically engineered  food – are often used interchangeably. These foods have been altered by adding a type of gene (or organism) that belongs to some other plant or animal. It changes the plant’s structure. Studies are now showing that these are producing some pretty nasty effects on our bodies. For example, they’re seeing  an extraordinary rise in cases and severity of asthma and allergies. To learn more about these and other effects of eating GMO’s, check out the film Genetic Roulette.

To learn more about the challenges of avoiding GMO foods you generally enjoy, read the full article.

Are you eating GMOs?

photo by Margarita Persico @ www.thehealthydish.com

photo by Margarita Persico @ http://www.thehealthydish.com

There are plenty of headlines about GMO labeling and the mega-money being thrown against it by giant food manufacturers. For consumers, the information is often misleading and confusing.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of GMO’s from a die-hard organic farmer

The following article is by a colleague who, as a decades-experienced organic farmer, has first hand knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding genetically modified or genetically engineered crops and their impact. Because this topic is so crucial, it’s published here as a three-part short series. Sources are attributed at the end of the series.  You’ll want to be sure to read it all.

GMO corn pic

I guess I’m just an old confused farmer, but I’ve been concerned about GMOs and the future for a while . Initially, I was optimistic. However the rapid growth and the way Genetic Modified Organisms (GMO) are being used has me worried. So far, the debate hasn’t provided clear solutions. As a food eater, I want to know all about the food I eat. Therefore, I’ve tried to look at the issues from both sides.

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California’s Proposition 37 – a chance to speak up for better, healthier food

As we get closer to the November election, things are heating up in California. A fast and furious controversy over the consumer’s right to be informed is centering around Proposition 37. This measure, if passed, would create mandatory labeling for food containing GMO’s – food crops / ingredients made from genetically modified organisms.

As the  most common GMO’s are corn, sugar beets, soy and canola are key ingredients in so many foods, it behooves consumers to read labels and become more educated about this issue.

Check out this newly released poster about this important topic. It’s an eye-opener.

If California does manage to get this proposition passed, will it be a harbinger for the rest of the nation?  To date, at least 19 states have tried to pass similar labeling laws but failed. Perhaps California will lead the way to success – and to improved health for the nation.