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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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Another Reason to Eat Organic – Lower Your Risk of Cancer by Up to 25%

In the latest President’s Cancer Panel report, it was found that 41% of Americans are going to get cancer and 21% of Americans are going to die from cancer.

What makes these numbers even more sobering is that this data was from a decade ago, and I have heard doctors say that they now believe a minimum of 50% of the population will get cancer at some point in their lives.

Given how deeply cancer has permeated our society, it would seem to make sense that people should be doing whatever they can to avoid contracting this deadly disease.

And according to a recent study out of France, as reported in JAMA Internal Medicine, eating as much organic food as possible is an important strategy to accomplish this.

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Study: Organic has More Antioxidants, Much Fewer Pesticides, and Less Cadmium than Conventionally-Grown

The evidence as to why people should choose organic over conventional just keeps rolling in.

In a brand new study just published by researchers at Newcastle University in England, it was found that organic fruits, vegetables, and grains contained higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides compared to the same conventionally-grown food.

Some details of the study include:

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Why Conventional Spinach is NOT a Smart Choice

The next time some expert tells you that the most important thing to do for your health is to consume large amounts of fruits and vegetables, regardless of whether they are organic or not, you may want to educate this person about the latest scientific research and government data.

As I wrote about the other day, a study out of Harvard found that women undergoing infertility treatment in the U.S. — and who were also consuming fruits and vegetables with high amounts of pesticide residue — were associated with a lower chance of pregnancy and a higher risk of pregnancy loss.

Men are equally as impacted by the harmful effects of pesticides.

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