Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Why REAL Food Thanksgiving?

Before I get started sharing recipes I'd like to thank each and every one of you who have participated in Real Food Fridays.  Thank you for Respecting our guidelines and only shared REAL food recipes.

Check out our GMO-Free fb page!

The definition of REAL food can be confusing for some people.  Basically, recipes items should be Non-GMO, un-processed, locally grown and or humanely raised.  Most important is the homemade/handmade aspect.  
I know it can be difficult to decifer "food code" when it comes to GMO ingredients and I have shared this in the past.  Check out GMO and GMO Education over @ Back to the Basics.

What is a GMO? 
GMOs "genetically modified organisms," are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.  -from  Non-GMO Project

What are the potential Side Effects of GMOs? 
It is important to understand the process of creating a Genetically Mutated Organism.   Example:  Corn - There are two main varieties of GE corn. One has a Gene from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis inserted to produce the Bt toxin, which poisons Lepidoteran (moths and butterflies) pests.[2] There are also several events which are resistant to various herbicide. Present in high fructose corn syrup and glucose/fructose which is prevalent in a wide variety of foods in America. source

GMOs are created so that when they are DRENCHED in Poison (pesticides) the crop lives but the bugs and weeds die. 
A new study shows that low doses of Bt biopesticide CryA1b as well as the glyphosate herbicide, Roundup, kill human kidney cells. source

GMOs are not safe. They have been linked to thousands of toxic and allergenic reactions, thousands of sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ and system studied in lab animals. source 

 Here's an example: If your SUGAR is not "can" sugar and/or Organic Sugar it might be Beet Sugar from GMO beets.  If your Papaya comes from Hawaii and is not Organic is is probably GMO.  NEVER use Canola Oil unless it is Certified Organic.  Corn is in just about everything: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, corn sugar, corn starch (All GMO unless it's Organic!).  Check out GMO-Watch for a thorough list!

So I said all of this to let you know we have decided to KEEP REAL FOOD FRIDAYS GOING!  That's right.  BUT...I will delete ALL posts that include junk-food, chemical-laden recipes as well as other posts (like fashion or finance) that do not "fit" with Real Food Friday

Thank you!!!


  1. I am very aware of how scary GMO foods are. It is quite scary how genes are being adapted. The saying "you are what you eat" comes to mind! Thank-you for linking your very informative post to "The Most Fabulous Link-up Jol"
    I am following you on a variety of different social media.
    Keren (From the blog: Fabulous-farmliving)

  2. Very good information Mary. People need to be aware of this and what they are eating. I have seen lately more and more products that are labeling GMO free and such, which I think is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I'm glad you are keeping the party going. It can be very confusing to people to differentiate what is and isn't real food and takes time to become educated and able to make the transition.


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