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Harmful to Your Body: Foods to Avoid

What’s in your food?  Hidden, secondary, and tertiary ingredients can be really dangerous to your health. GM soy for example, says Jeffrey M. Smith, author of The GMO Trilogy and Seeds of Deception. Haven’t heard of it? You might want to read this. From Mercola.com:
Chickens refusing to eat the maize they had been fed has led to the discovery that their feed had been genetically modified to include a well-known weed and insect killer. Strilli Oppenheimer’s indigenous African chickens were refusing to eat the mealies in the chicken feed bought from a large supplier. Concerned that the birds may be ingesting genetically modified maize, she had the maize tested.The results confirmed Oppenheimer’s initial suspicion — the maize had been genetically engineered to produce proteins that are toxic to certain insects and weeds. About her chickens’ refusal to eat their maize, Oppenheimer said: “They’re smart.” When an animal refuses to eat its regular feed it is oftentimes a  that something is wrong with the food. Animals, as opposed to humans, tend to have a “sixth sense” about what’s safe to eat, and what’s not. A 2003 report on the British Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) web site states that both experimental and anecdotal evidence shows animals seek to avoid GM food, and do not thrive if given no other choice. In this case, the chicken feed turned out to contain BT1, an insecticide, plus built-in Roundup that makes it weed resistant.

If GM Crops Harm Animals, What are They Doing to You?

GM corn found itself in the hot seat late last year, after a highly reputable study commissioned by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety discovered that mice fed GM corn had significantly smaller and fewer offspring compared to the control group. The lead author of the study stated there was a direct link between the GM diet and reduced fertility. Likewise, Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette, has documented 65 serious health risks from GM products of all kinds. Among them:
  • Offspring of rats fed GM soy showed a five-fold increase in mortality, lower birth weights, and the inability to reproduce
  • Male mice fed GM soy had damaged sperm
  • The embryo offspring of GM soy-fed mice had altered DNA functioning
  • Several US farmers reported sterility or fertility problems among pigs and cows fed on GM corn varieties
So the question is, what do these foods do to your body?
Read the entire article here.


Recipe: Fast Ricotta Cheese

Making cheese at home may seem like a time and labor-intensive process, but what if you could make a delicious, high-quality cheese in about one hour? According to David Asher, author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, you can. This version of ricotta is made by adding acidity to sweet whey in the form of lemon […] Read More

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RECIPE: Grilled Nopalitos for Cinco de Mayo

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Ask the Experts: Submit Your Permaculture Questions Now

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Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation – Review in Small Farm Canada Magazine

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