I have a right to KNOW WHAT’S IN MY FOOD

right-to-know

 THANK YOU JIMBO’S NATURALLY AND OCEAN BEACH PEOPLE’S CO-OP

Those of us that live in San Diego have 2 wonderful food markets that have been RECOGNIZED as two of the 12 top GMO Right-To-Know Grocer’s in the United States.   I consider myself lucky and grateful for Jimbo’s owner, Jim Someck and People’s Co-op board of directors insisting that their standards support the healthiest food choices available in the United States today.

If your community doesn’t have these kind of choices, MAKE YOUR NEEDS AND REQUESTS known.  You deserve to know what is and is not in the food you purchase and consume.

If your community DOES have these kind of choices, SUPPORT THOSE MERCHANTS AND SPREAD THE WORD. Our health and well-being depends on it.

If you don’t understand about GMO please read the brief definition below and join the ORCA – Organic Retail and Consumer Alliance newsletter to keep yourself informed and in the loop.  It is an educational arm of The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), a grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, sustainability, peace, and democracy. They represent over 850,000 members, subscribers and volunteers, including several thousand businesses in the natural foods and organic marketplace.

 

  • Jimbo’s…Naturally! San Diego, Store LogoCAJimbo’s Naturally is one of the country’s pioneer GMO-Free grocer activists and organic advocates. The company has persuaded a number of manufacturers to remove suspect products from their foods, resulting in those companies either going organic or pursuing Non-GMO Project verification. Jimbo’s Naturally donated $10,000 to support Prop 37.  Jimbo’s currectly has 5 locations in San Diego and one of them is within a 4 minutes walk of my home. Yes, I am grateful!!!!
  • Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-Op, San Diego, CAStore LogoManufacturers are informed that all products purchased by the co-op need to be either organic or have an affidavit certifying that products are GMO-free. Products containing GMO ingredients are removed from the store. Products are either labeled organic, Non-GMO Project verified or have an affidavit certifying the product is GMO-free. Ocean Beach Peoples Organic Food Market donated $5,000 to support Prop 37, the California initiative to label GMOs


HERE IS A SHORT COURSE ON GMO’s

  • What are genetically modified foods? 
    In genetic modification (or engineering) of food plants, scientists remove one or more genes from the DNA of another organism, such as a bacterium, virus, or animal, and “recombine” them into the DNA of the plant they want to alter. By adding these new genes, genetic engineers hope the plant will express the traits associated with the genes. For example, genetic engineers have transferred genes from a bacterium known as Bacillus thuringiensis or Bt into the DNA of corn. Bt genes express a protein that kills insects, and transferring the genes allows the corn to produce its own pesticide.
  • Genetic modification/engineering is a potentially dangerous technology
    One of the main problems with genetic engineering is that the process of inserting genes into the DNA of a food plant is random; scientists have no idea where the genes go. This can disrupt the functioning of other genes and create novel proteins that have never been in the food supply and could create toxins and allergens in foods.
  • Genetic modification is a radical technology
    Supporters of genetic modification say that the technology is simply an extension of traditional plant breeding. The reality is that genetic engineering is radically different. Traditional plant breeders work with plants of the same or related species to create new plant varieties. Genetic engineers break down nature’s genetic barriers by allowing transfers of genes from bacteria, viruses, and even animals—with unforeseen consequences.
  • Genetic modification is based on an obsolete scientific theory
    Genetic modification is based on a theory called the Central Dogma, which asserts that one gene will express one protein. However, scientists working with the United States National Human Genome Research Institute discovered that this wasn’t true, that genes operate in a complex network in ways that are not fully understood. This finding undermines the entire basis for genetic engineering.
  • What genetically modified crops are currently grown?
    The majority of corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, sugar beets grown in the United States are GM. Fifty percent of papaya grown in Hawaii is GM. Small amounts of yellow “crook neck” and zucchini squash are also GM.

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