tipping point: (noun) the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change.
I had heard a little bit about GMOs(genetically modified organisms) before, but didn’t really know why some considered them to be “bad”. I didn’t really know why they were so bad though and I think that I really didn’t want to know. I couldn’t imagine having to add another group of foods to eliminate from our diets on top of gluten and dairy. I was being ignorant on purpose…
Things all changed when another Waldorf (inspired) Mom sent me a video called “Genetic Roulette” at a time when my son was having more stomach distress and I was open to learning. The video systematically explores the dangers of GMOs (backed by scientific studies and doctor testimonials) and I actually watched the entire video two times. Around the same time, a fellow Mom (and amazing Waldorf doll maker) began organizing rallies and speakers against GMO’s. To this day, this Mom remains so passionate about her anti GMO cause that it’s becoming her life’s work.
Then, as things always happen when we’re open to learning, I was literally bombarded with information about GMOs. Online articles caught my eye. I noticed that Whole Foods was running a sale on GMO FREE food and clearly marking certified GMO free products. Then there was the California GMO labeling ballot initiative and even a bill being proposed to limit GMO crops in Hawaii.
As a final “sign” to me, I just happened to be in Denver last week when a GMO conference “Saving the Nature of Nature” was held and I got to see two amazing speakers: Jeffrey Smith and Joel Salatin. Jeffrey Smith is probably the most visible leader of the anti GMO movement and wrote “Genetic Roulette” along with producing other films such as “Hidden Dangers in Kids Meals“. Joel Salatin is the innovative and outspoken cattle farmer featured in the book “Omnivore’s Dilemna” and in the movie “Food Inc”. He believes in feeding cattle grass–not corn–and working with the natural circle of life in nature to raise his cattle. He is a 3rd generation rancher–passionate, funny and SMART.
So now I’ve decided that for my family, we will avoid GMOs whenever we possibly can. We will avoid the big GMO crops like corn, soy, beet sugar, and canola. (only eating these crops if they are certified organic or certified GMO free) We will look at the ingredients of the food that we buy to ensure that no GMO products are not included. We will follow the non GMO Shopping Guide that is provided by the Institute for Responsible Technology.
Perhaps most importantly, I will be a part of the huge…and growing…group of Moms against GMOs. We “Mama Bear” Moms will do anything to protect our families and will be a big part of the “tipping point” in stopping the expansion of GMO crops in our country. Did you know that GMOs are outlawed in over 60 countries including Australia, Japan and all of the European Union?
I will not be ignorant about GMOs anymore…Will you?
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