Why You Should Go Organic for the Holidays!

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Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are those plants and animals whose genetic codes have been altered to such an extent that they contain sequences of nucleotides that aren’t found in nature. Scientists create such freakish inventions in an attempt to boost production of foodstuffs, but there are serious negative consequences to tinkering with the machinery of Mother Nature. As you celebrate the holiday season, you and your family will probably consume a lot of food. By eating only organic foods that promote good health, you can guard yourself against the dangers posed by GMOs.

  • GMOs Are Unhealthy

Most genetically modified foodstuffs have been placed on store shelves without adequate testing to study their health effects. Nevertheless, a few studies have been conducted that tend to show that GMOs can increase the risk of cancer, liver disease and other ailments particularly among children. It’s difficult to get the word out about the health hazards of these organisms because big industry names, like Monsanto, often bring immense financial resources to bear to silence criticism. At the same time, corporate titans fund their own studies, which unsurprisingly find GMOs to be completely safe.

  • GMOs Have Undesirable Environmental Consequences

Because of the intensive industrial processes used in farming GMO crops, an incredible amount of resources are needed. This leads to pollution of the air and water, which affects the natural ecosystem. Additionally, wildlife can consume genetically altered crops, subjecting animals to unknown health consequences and contaminating higher levels of the food chain. Some of these problems are explored in the documentary Food, Inc., which is widely available for viewing on cable TV.

  • GMOs Require the Use of Toxic Chemicals

Most breeds of GMO crops have been specially engineered to be resistant to herbicides. This encourages farmers who use these strains of plants to spray more liberally than they otherwise would. It’s widely known that these chemicals are dangerous to animals and humans, so an increase in their use will be hazardous to the health of consumers. As more herbicides are employed, resistance builds up in the target weed species, requiring the use of an even greater quantity to achieve the same effect in future years.

  • GMOs Pass on Their Traits Permanently

Once genetic modifications have been introduced into the genome of a species, they’re free to spread through the normal processes of reproduction. This means that ill-conceived or accidentally implemented variations can take hold in the wild and affect natural populations. There’s no way to predict exactly what will happen when GMO genes recombine and interact with naturally occurring organisms, and there’s even the possibility of genes jumping into a different species entirely than the one they were designed for.

  • GMOs Don’t Promote Global Food Security

The big selling point of GMOs – that they increase yields enormously – doesn’t seem to be panning out too well. A few of the genetic changes implemented have in fact increased the amount of food that can be grown, but others have actually resulted in decreased crop production. Taking everything together, this technology has proven to have little effect on food production per acre. Reducing food waste is a strategy that’s much more likely to result in an increased quantity of available food.

Consumers in Europe and many other locales around the world are protected by legislation banning GMOs, but those in the United States aren’t so lucky. Fortunately, all foods labeled organic must be free of these Frankenstein-like creations, so you can protect yourself by buying them. Besides being free of GMOs, organic foods promote good health, contains lower levels of pesticides, more vitamins and minerals, and fewer harmful additives. You’ll also be promoting sustainable farming practices and enhancing biodiversity by switching to organic foods and products.

Though the ability of scientists to make changes at a genetic level is exciting and cool, it has serious ramifications that must be studied thoroughly and objectively. Until the necessary research is undertaken and proper safety measures implemented, your best bet is probably to eschew newfangled GMOs in favor of the all-natural fare that people have been eating for centuries. By consuming organic plants and animals, you’ll be able to avoid strange, lab-generated substances and enjoy a host of other benefits besides.

Remember it’s your choice and you’re family’s health at risk!

Have a wonderful, healthy, and blessed Christmas and holiday season to you and your family!

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9 thoughts on “Why You Should Go Organic for the Holidays!”

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  3. Hi Marla,
    I totally agree so I am delighted that you shared “Why You Should Go Organic for the Holidays!”with us at the Holiday Edition of the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party!.Thank you so much for sharing your gems and for your support! Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year! All the best, Deborah

    1. Thanks Deborah,
      So glad to be part of Healthy Happy Green & Natural link up. Sending you warm wishes for a healthy happy blessed Christmas & holidays season! Marla

  4. Dear Marla, Important blog that I wish many people will read, consider, and understand.
    Here’s one reason I say no to genetically modified organisms (GMO). It comes from a blog post I wrote several months ago about the Dark Act H.R. 1599 that was in the h\U.S. House of Rep. and is being considered in the Senate. The March 2015 Declaration of the World Health Organization to stop manufacture and use of glyphosate (an ingredient in Roundup), a carcinogenic herbicide used on nearly 90 percent of GMO crops, is supporting evidence for the case to say no to the Dark Act. We have the right to know whether this carcinogenic substance is either in or out of food sold in our US markets. Monsanto can not sell Roundup in Europe, where it has been pulled from shelves. Did Monsanto buy off politicians here by lying about genetically modified seeds and report erroneously that nothing proves Roundup is toxic? Tell your State Senators you do not want to be in the dark about what is in your food. At the very least you want GMO foods to be labeled and at the best you want them outlawed. Wishing you a Blessed Holiday Season. Nancy A.

    1. HI Nancy,

      I agree with you totally!! I have no doubts that there is so much corporation going on through Monsanto or any of the companies that support these toxic chemicals that are put in our food in any form. As a society we need to educating and revolting against the poisons that are destroying our health and our environment in every way we can. Hopefully we have made a little progress recently and it will continue. Thank you for reading my article and commenting – appreciate your continuing support. Have a healthy happy blessed holidays season. Marla

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