We’ve looked at what GMOs are, and how they can affect us, our children, our communities and our planet. What can we do to stop companies like Monsanto from completely taking over our food supply? How can we retain our rights to know what is in our food, to feed our children how we see best, and to even grow our own food or buy fresh food from people we trust?
1. Become more educated. Read about GMOs and find out more about them. Do your own research. You can also join forums and Facebook groups to find out more about GMOs. Non GMO Project is a great place to start, and here is their Facebook page.
2. Shop organic if or when you can. This is not an option for everyone. However, you can often find non-GMO foods at farmer markets and local butcher shops, and opt for fresh bread, fruits and vegetables, and meat that – while not certified organic – is often non-GMO and grown by local farmers just trying to stay afloat.
3. Check out local stores. Ask if they have an organic section. Pick and choose what you can afford. Some chains, like Trader Joes, are making the effort to source non-GMO ingredients for all of their store label items, and others like Whole Foods have announced commitments to labeling all non-GMO foods in their stores by 2018.
4. Grow your own. Again, NOT an option for everyone – but if you CAN garden and are inclined to, you can get heirloom seeds and grow your own non-GMO crops, or even raise your own chickens and feed them non-GMO feed so you have organic meat.
5. Get involved. More and more Americans are demanding that GMOs be labeled, that GMOs be tested, and that GMOs not be planted where they can contaminate other crops. LabelGMOs.org is a good place to start.
6. Vote. Right now, many politicians receive kickbacks from lobbyists who support companies like Monsanto and who constantly represent big agra instead of the people. There is even a US Supreme Court Justice on the bench who worked for Monsanto as a lawyer for years – Clarence Thomas. (He consistently rules in favor of Monsanto in every case that reaches his level.)
On a practical day by day basis, here’s a tip for you. It’s simple.
“Just do what you can.”
Learning that something as important and basic as the food you eat may not be safe for you or your family can be overwhelming. Most people can’t change their entire lives overnight. You may be a senior citizen on a fixed income without the money to shop 100% organic. You may be a single mother of three living in the inner city in a fourth floor apartment, and a garden is out of the question. You may be a busy college student working to put yourself through college, while Ramen and Diet Coke are your major food groups.
That’s OK! Just do what you can. Maybe it’s simply taking a look at your pantry and switching one commonly eaten thing in your home to non-GMO. Maybe it’s taking an extra ten minutes on the weekend to drop by the farmer’s market and grab some fresh, organic produce. Maybe it’s signing a petition like this one.
Do what you can, and become a part of the solution.
Just for the health of it!