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Another Reason to Buy Organic – The Link Between Genetically-Modified Foods and Fertility Problems

For people who are new to organic, the first question they generally have is “Why should I be eating this food?”

The easy response is “because organic food does not contain synthetic and toxic chemicals”.

Organic food also forbids the use of genetically-engineered ingredients, often known as GMOs (genetically-modified organisms).

Since GMOs are a little bit more complicated and a little less tangible, this point either gets overlooked or is not fully understood.

GMOs are species that have been altered, manipulated and designed in a laboratory, and foreign genes, such as viruses or bacteria, have been inserted into them.

Approximately, 80% of the food on supermarket shelves contain GMOs, and nearly all of the corn, soy and canola in this country is genetically-modified.

Heavily influenced by the biotech industry, our government has given these GM-seed companies the green light to plant pretty much anything they want. (If you think I am exaggerating, read this shocking post.)

Furthermore, no long-term safety studies on GMOs have ever been completed.

Aside from causing a litany of serious allergy problems (GE-soy caused a 50% increase in soy allergies the year it was introduced into the UK) and internal abnormalities (rats fed GM-potatoes suffered from tremendous organ damage), GMOs have been shown to cause fertility problems.

Some examples include:

– When genetically-modified soy was fed to female rats, the babies were smaller than babies that were fed natural soy.

– Testicles of rats fed GM-soy changed from the normal pink to dark blue. Mice fed GM-soy also had altered young sperm.

– Embryos of GM soy-fed parent mice had changed DNA. And mice fed GM corn had fewer, and smaller, babies.

– About two dozen U.S. farmers said thousands of pigs became sterile from certain GM-corn varieties. Some had false pregnancies while others gave birth to bags of water. Cows and bulls also became infertile.

(Source: An article written by Jeffrey Smith, the leading authority on GMOs in the U.S. Check out his site, Institute of Responsible Technology, for much more information on the risks of the GMOs.)

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Presently, the U.S. is the only developed country in the world that does not require the labeling of GMOs. This must change.

Over 40 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, Russia, and all nations in the EU, mandate labeling but the U.S. has avoided doing the same. Why?

Because our politicians are so beholden to Big Ag and the biotech industry.

Yet, paperwork has already been filed with the FDA and a big movement is underway to change this policy. Here’s how you can help.

1) Electronically sign the petition to the FDA that would require GMOs to be labeled. Click HERE to watch the video and to learn more about the Just Label It campaign.

We only have a few more days to surpass our goal of 1 million signatures, and it is critically important that we get as much support as we can for this initiative.

2) Vote with your dollars. This means stop buying GM-food and start buying organic, non-GMO food. Not sure how to do this?

– Jeffrey Smith has put together a Non-GMO Shopping Guide. Additionally, The Center for Food Safety has a True Food Shopping Guide iPhone app.

3) Get educated and spread the word. Every single one of us has to be advocates for healthy food.

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Big Ag and biotech are deathly afraid of labeling and are fighting tooth and nail against it.

If consumers become aware that their food has been genetically-engineered in a laboratory, it could have a disastrous effect on sales of conventional, GM-food. And the demand for organic food will skyrocket.

As Americans, we have a fundamental right to know what is in our food, and this policy of not labeling GMOs needs to come to end immediately.

Not only are our rights being violated, but it is imperative that the health of our citizens be protected.

Thank you so much for supporting organic food.

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Why Organic is a MUST for Women — Pesticides Linked to Lower Chance of Pregnancy and Higher Risk of Pregnancy Loss

Each year when the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases its “Dirty Dozen”  – the 12 most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables that people should avoid – the major pesticide companies and their front groups launch a major PR campaign demanding that EWG stop publishing these annual lists, insisting that chemicals are not harmful.

The organic industry and health advocates completely scoff at these ridiculous claims. Furthermore, the State of California has declared that glyphosate, the most widely used chemical in the world and one that is routinely sprayed on our food supply, causes cancer.

And now we have a new report out of Harvard which reinforces the notion that pesticides can cause real harm, particularly for women.

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Why Tradin Organic is Prioritizing Regenerative Organic Farming

At Tradin Organic, we believe that regenerative organic farming is key to growing healthy and nutritious food ingredients — for now and for future generations.

And in Sierra Leone, we have grown the world’s first Regenerative Organic Certified cacao.

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How Much Poison Should We Feed Our Children Today?

Based on some things that I have been writing about lately and reading in the news, it got me thinking.

There is complete acceptance, tolerance, and even encouragement in our country for people to eat conventionally-grown food, which has been sprayed with synthetic pesticides.

And make no mistake about it. Food sprayed with these pesticides is food sprayed with poison. Period.

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The Health Risks of Eating Conventional Potatoes

Whenever I think about a lot of the food that I ate growing up, it isn’t overly pleasant. It was the standard American diet with all of the processed, fast food that most of the country still consumes today.

Fortunately, my childhood took place before the emergence of GMOs (mid-90s) and growth hormone milk (late 80s), so I escaped some of the really bad things when my body was in its crucial stage of development.

One food that I fondly remember eating, and loving, at family dinners was potatoes. And it wasn’t just the insides of the potatoes. I particularly loved eating the skins. Yet, little did I or my parents know just how toxic they were.

When many people think of the most important foods to be eating organic, potatoes do not immediately come to mind as quickly as apples, grapes, or spinach do. But they should and here’s why.

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