Alright, here goes. I am going to try not to unload too much as I have a 3 year old that's waiting for me to interact but I laid awake last night for hours thinking about stuff of this nature.
GMOs. I am adamantly against these so if you aren't where I am, you may not want to read further. We raise our own meat, I source and order our own, GMO free (tested) feed. How do you educate people though. People look at me as if I have 3 heads when I tell them that "Organic" is not necessarily GMO free. They think I'm lying because the standard says that organic does not allow GMO's. The kicker here is, they don't test. It's assumed. And the proof of this is talking to feed and seed companies. Even check out the FAQ in the Non-GMO Project for verification requirements.
"Why should I enroll if my products are already USDA certified organic?
While the National Organic Program (NOP) identifies genetic modification as an excluded method, GMOs are not a prohibited substance. This means that although GMO seeds are not supposed to be planted, and GMO ingredients are not supposed to be used, no testing is required. These rules were established at a time when GMOs were in limited production, and accidental contamination was not a significant risk. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. With the majority of key crops like soy and corn being planted with GM varieties in North America, contamination of seeds, ingredients, and products is a real risk, even for certified organic products. The good news is that the NOP has excellent guidelines for traceability and segregation, and the Non-GMO Project is designed to honor the work that certified organic companies are already doing, with the added measure of testing risk ingredients at critical control points. Many founding members of the Non-GMO Project are the leaders of organic companies. These pioneers understand that protecting the long-term integrity of organic products, starting at the seed level, requires that they be protected from GMO contamination, which can only be done with testing."
Now how do you tell people this? Parents? Mom's that are eating this crud during pregnancy. The testing showing so many different health/birth defects with GMO's. It's damaging our children, our elderly, and ourselves. I suspect my grandmothers Diabetes was triggered by the introduction of GMO's (she was diagnosed in '98, started having problems in '97 and GMO's were introduced in '96 ... the woman ate lots of microwaved popcorn, we are talking daily for lunch). They are being linked to all sorts of autoimmune issues but women that are incredibly knowledgeable about nutrition (and I'm not an exception on very rare instances...Sunday bacon from applegate...) still eat industry meat on their paleo or primal diet (so they can still enjoy the convenience of eating out).
How do we educate? How do we get people to listen? Monsanto has proven that their dollars are far more powerful when it comes to government mandates/standards/regulations... How can I get people to understand that it's going to have to start with each individual or company (Hiland Feed, Baker Creed Heirloom Seeds) spending their money and educating themselves...
Feeling defeated and lacking sleep... thanks for listening. Time to go stack wood and get read for my feed delivery!