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Monday, November 19, 2012
Where did the Worm Go in My Corn?
Where did the worm go in my corn?
Corn has drastically changed since the days of looking for the worm in an ear of corn.
Most of you have heard about GMO's. It's a really controversial topic with some people. We love organic, local and real foods. GMO's are definitely not any of those.
We take every step we can to ensure that GMO's are not in our food supply at Aroma Thyme.
The most common crops that are GMO'd are corn, soy, sugar beets, canola and papaya.
We don't buy any of those items unless they are organic and/or certified GMO free.
Here is what they are doing to corn these days. 99% of the corn on the market is GMO'd. What Monsanto has done is taken the toxins and pesticides and put them into the genes of the plant. This means that the corn is toxic in the field to bugs, pests, worms etc... I have even heard stories of many field workers getting sick when harvesting corn. Yikes that is the stuff we are eating. They have also added an element to resist Round Up, the famous weed killer. So a farmer can spray all the Round Up they want and kill the whole field except the corn. The corn now has extreme levels of Round Up on it. Round Up has been linked to many health complications including male reproduction. Here is a great site for the health risks of GMO's, http://www.responsibletechnology.org/. Round up is NOT a simple enzyme that is harmless. Remember Monsanto told us the DDT, Agent Orange and Saccharin were harmless. Remember the cigarette industry told us that cigarettes were ok too. So Monsanto denies round ups harm while independent studies prove other wise. Hopefully time will tell the truth.
But I don't want my corn or other vegetables with Round up residues on it. And I definitely don't want GMO's of any sort. And of course, I don't want to eat the worm either. But I would image that a worm is safer than a chemical and/or a GMO that is used to kill the worm and everything else.
For the scary side of GMO's check out my latest blog post, the link is HERE.. It's a video of a farmer that noticed devastating effects on his pigs after feeding them GMO corn.
Plus there are some summaries of other studies.
GMO's are scary, very scary! I refuse to eat them.
At Aroma Thyme we are currently using organic corn that is Certified GMO Free. That means an outside agency (http://www.nongmoproject.org) is testing the corn and certifying that it has not been cross-contaminated. After all Mother Nature has a way of cross-pollinating. So GMO corn does and will end up in the organic corn supply. This happens more than we would like. So the GMO Free Project is on the job of testing to make sure there is no cross contamination.
Some of you may be in favor of GMO's and that is fine. 99% plus of restaurants serve multiple GMO crops.
So you can go to 99% plus of restaurants and get:
GMO corn chips
GMO soy sauce
French fries, corn chips, egg rolls, onion rings, calamari, chicken wings etc...that were fried in GMO corn, soy, canola, cotton oil etc...
GMO corn syrup sweetened wraps/tortillas
GMO sweetened ketchup (corn syrup to sweeten)
BBQ sauce (corn syrup to sweeten)
GMO bread, buns etc...(corn syrup to sweeten)
GMO sweetened & GMO oil salad dressings (corn syrup to sweeten)
Hot Dogs (contains corn syrup)
All kinds of prepared sauces contain corn syrup
The list goes on an on
Corn of some sort, shape or form is literally in massive amounts of food. We try to avoid them in our food. If we suspect a food to potentially contain a GMO we get rid of it and look for an alternative. It's that simple. I wont eat it and I won't serve it.
Jerry Rosman, a pig farmer in Iowa, was cultivating GMO corn,(Roundup Ready and BT) and fed this corn to his pigs.
Result: his sows became infertile, and then after one year he went bankrupt.
See the whole interview here: http://vimeo.com/20237421
Is it an incident isolated to Iowa ? Check this article from Greenpeace;http://www.greenpeace.org/india/en/news/no-need-for-condoms-ge-corn/
"Austrian scientists fed mice over a course of 20 weeks a mixture of 33 percent Monsanto GE corn (NK 603 x MON 810) and non-GE corn.
These mice gave birth to less babies and lighter babies in their third and fourth litters. Mice fed on non-GE corn had babies as normal.
These differences are statistically significant."
"The scientist added flour from a GM soya bean - produced by Monsanto to be resistant to its pesticide, Roundup - to the food of female rats, starting two weeks before they conceived, continuing through pregnancy, birth and nursing. Others were given non-GM soyaand a third group was given no soya at all.
She found that 36 per cent of the young of the rats fed the modified soya were severely underweight, compared to 6 per cent of the offspring of the other groups. More alarmingly, a staggering 55.6 per cent of those born to mothers on the GM diet perished within three weeks of birth, compared to 9 per cent of the offspring of those fed normal soya, and 6.8 per cent of the young of those given no soya at all."
"A group of female rats received additionally to the stock laboratory chow 5-7g/rat/day soya flour prepared from certified RR GM-soya for two weeks before mating, during mating, pregnancy, and an increased daily amount for every pup during lactation. The control group was fed in addition to the rat chow the same amount of traditional (Trad) soya. (...) High level of mortality (~ 55,6%) was observed with pups whose mothers received the GM-soya supplemented diets, and 36% of these pups weighed less than 20 grammas by the end of two weeks after the birth, in comparison with the Trad. soya supplemented group"
See the documentary THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO here http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-world-according-to-monsanto/
To have a more global idea on the issue and the relation between GMOs and sterilisation, please read the book "Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation": Available on Amazon here:http://www.amazon.com/Seeds-Destruction-Hidden-Genetic-Manipulation/dp/097371...