Curiously Crunchy

Asking crunchy questions for my family and yours.

GMOs: Just Label It!

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The National Institute of Health did a study in 2009 saying that we just don’t know enough about GMOs to determine if they are harmful. According to JustLabelIt.org almost 90% of Americans simply want to know what’s in their food. This study shows that labeling GMOs will have little to no effect on food prices. So why is big business so determined to keep the knowledge of what we’re eating away from us? The answer is simple: greed.

It isn’t the genetically modified food in and of itself that is the problem for me. It is the reason why we created them in the first place that causes me concern: so we can spray them with mass amount of pesticides, and they will survive but the weeds will die. This spraying of chemicals should cause EVERYONE concern.

Monsanto, the country’s most notorious GMO proponent, owns RoundUp (active ingredient: glyphosate). GMOs were created to withstand large amounts of glyphosate, thus killing the weeds and leaving the crop to grow. While there is no data about GMOs themselves, there is data on glyphosate.

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While household RoundUp has 1% glyphosate, commercial grade RoundUp contains 41% glyphosate! [NIH, 2004] Then there’s this juicy nugget: “Roundup may be…considered as a potential endocrine disruptor. Moreover, at higher doses still below the classical agricultural dilutions, its toxicity on placental cells could induce some reproduction problems.” [NIH, 2005] So basically, at doses lower than what’s used on crops this chemical disrupts our endocrine system (the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things) and has the potential for reproductive issues. Not to mention the “farmers exposed to non‐arsenic pesticides were found to be at increased risk of lymphoma”. [NIH, 2006]

In this 2012 NIH study on rats being fed GMO corn sprayed with glyphosate, they found “In females, all treated groups died 2-3 times more than controls, and more rapidly… Females developed large mammary tumors almost always more often than and before controls, the pituitary was the second most disabled organ; the sex hormonal balance was modified by GMO and Roundup treatments. In treated males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5-5.5 times higher… Marked and severe kidney nephropathies were also generally 1.3-2.3 greater. Males presented 4 times more large palpable tumors than controls which occurred up to 600 days earlier.” So these rats suffered cancer, died earlier and faster, had sex hormone disruption, and liver and kidney issues, all from RoundUp and GMO corn. The World Health Organization calls glyphosate a “probable carcinogen”. Based on all that evidence, I would have to agree.

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Guys, they are spraying this on our food. We are eating it! (And let’s be real, it’s running off into our water and we’re drinking it, too…) And it gets better…

Glyphosate isn’t working anymore. We have created glyphosate resistant weeds. Because of this, we have upgraded to a chemical called 2,4-D. It is a component of Agent Orange. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want ANY component of such a chemical anywhere near my food.

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The time is now to stand up and STOP letting agribusiness think that this is ok. We need labels so consumers can vote with their dollars and let the industry know we don’t want these horribly detrimental chemicals sprayed anymore.

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One of my favorite resources for finding Non-GMO foods is the Non-GMO Project. They are a non-profit organization that verifies products throughout the US and Canada by testing the ingredients in the products being produced by these companies. They have pretty strict standards (all listed on their website at http://www.nongmoproject.org) and in addition to their little logo on the packaging of verified products, the website also provides a list of every product they have verified.

Do you watch for Non-GMO verified products when you go grocery shopping?

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Organize Recipes with Pepperplate

A huge key to being able to eat well is to eat and home and be able to prep. Wrestling with piles of paper recipes, juggling Pinterest boards, and searching through your bookmarks is no way to do it.

You know by now how much I adore Door to Door Organics. I have discovered that if I don’t meal plan based on what’s coming in my order, veggies and fruits get forgotten about and go bad. I was going crazy trying to organize what I have and search for new recipes so I can use new veggies I don’t usually cook with (like kale and eggplant).

But I have made a great discovery. Pepperplate. It  may have just saved my cooking sanity.

There is a website and an app for my iPad. The website has a bookmarklet that allows you to import recipes from other sites directly to your Pepperplate collection. You can also add some manually if you have hand-me-down recipes (like my great grandmother’s sugar cookie recipe).

My recipes sync throughout my devices and I can categorize them (so I can do a search for chicken or gluten-free or desserts or whatever other tags I decide to add), add them to menus for the week, and use them to make shopping lists. You can also adjust the recipe down to 1/4 of the original or up to 2x the original specifications.

It has been a cooking lifesaver.

What do you use to collect and organize your recipes? Have you gone digital?

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Door to Door Organics

I recently just found Door to Door Organics. It has been not only an integral part of my grocery shopping, but I don’t have to leave the house to do it. They deliver, TO MY FRONT PORCH, fresh and local veggies, dairy, meat, and dry goods once a week.

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They match you up with the distributing location closest to you (ours is the Michigan hub) and then you can pick from local farms and dairies. The Little Box is the perfect size for my little family of three. As much as I never really cared for vegetables (I was always a meat and pasta kind of girl) I am LOVING having all these colors in my fridge!

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I tweaked this recipe from SnackGirl.com for sweet broccoli the last two nights for dinner. (I used butter instead of oil, and just eyeballed the proportions). It was amazing! I always thought veggies would be something I would tolerate between bites of pasta or hamburger. Imagine my surprise! I’ve also fallen in love with sugar snap peas sautéed in garlic butter.

BONUS: Babykins helped me get all the plants actually planted in the garden (including some heirloom plants from my brother’s friend) and I can’t wait to harvest them in a few months!

Anybody else ever find a recipe that completely changed your relationship with food?

(If you’re interested in joining Door to Door Organics, leave a comment with your email so I can send you a coupon that gets you AND me $15 off!)

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