Cut Monsanto & GMO Foods Out of Your Life

How to cut out GMO foods & Monsanto – avoid genetically modified corn, high fructose corn syrup & processed foods, go organic, go vegetarian

Article excerpt from A Month Without Monsanto, published 8.26.10 by April Dávila

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Author April Dávila wondered what it would take to cut the GMO giant, Monsanto, and GMO foods out of her family’s life. She found that Monsanto was far more entrenched in our food supply than she’d ever realized.

“Unfortunately, with the exception of a few national brands (check out Annie’s, Inc. Massa Organics, and Lundberg Farms for a good start), there is no easy way to avoid Monsanto and genetically modified foods.”

Good First Steps

While it’s extremely difficult to entirely avoid Monsanto and gmo foods, there are some basic guidelines that anyone can use to minimize the GMOs in their lives.

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  1. Avoid processed foods & junk foods. In particular, eliminate High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) from your diet and be sure to read labels. HFCS appears in everything from sodas to wheat bread.
  2. Consider going vegetarian, limiting your meat consumption, or buying grass-fed varieties. Over 60 percent of genetically modified corn goes to feed cattle on polluting concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in America. 
  3. Buy organic dairy products. This is particularly important for the parents out there. The hormones in regular milk have been shown to bring on early puberty and are currently under investigation for contributing to a host of other health problems in our little ones.
  4. Buy organic cotton when you can. Even though cotton makes up only 2.5 percent of the world’s crops, it is doused with 16 percent of the world’s pesticides. Cotton pesticides, most of which are listed as “extremely hazardous” by the World Health Organization, turn up regularly in water sources around the globe.

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“What most amazed me during my month without Monsanto was the influence that one corporation had in my daily life–without me knowing anything about it. Once I started looking, Monsanto was everywhere. Once I started making the effort to avoid it, I found something else that surprised me: the confidence that comes from really knowing what I’m eating.” 

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Savvy Veg Comment: Going veg, eating local, having a garden, buying organic food, cooking from scratch, avoiding processed food, are all the ways that my family avoids GMOs in our diet. Knowing that almost all processed foods contain GMOs is strong motivation! Stronger motivation yet is knowing about the nature of GMOs – what they are, and their far-reaching potential for harm in our lives.

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One Response to “Cut Monsanto & GMO Foods Out of Your Life”

  1. Susan says:

    I just created a petition entitled Label Genetically Modified (GMO) Food Products, because I care deeply about this very important issue.

    I’m trying to collect 10,000 or more signatures, and I could really use your help. (maybe you can put the petition on your website?)

    To read more about what I’m trying to do and to sign my petition, click here:;pe=d2e

    It’ll just take a minute!

    Once you’re done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as well. Grassroots movements succeed because people like you are willing to spread the word!


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