Archive for July, 2011
Since the early 1990’s there have been genetically modified organisms in our food. GMOs – short for genetically modified organisms – are man-made organism created in a laboratory and patented by a corporation or the USDA. GMOs are created by a process called genetic engineering. Many people have been asking for required labeling of GMO food, as already exists in thirty other countries. And there are a growing number of countries, like Ireland, Japan and Egypt that have completely banned the cultivation of GMO crops.
GMOs are not created the same way as traditional cross-breeding. Traditional cross-breeding is creating natural hybrids, such as crossing two varieties of roses, different types of squashes, or different breeds of dogs or cats. GMOs are made by actually splicing a gene from a virus or another species into the GMO seed. Some examples are, fish genes being spliced into tomatoes, human genes in corn, mouse genes in potatoes.
Since the 1990’s, people have been asking for GMO food to be labeled. We’ve been asking the USDA, the FDA, our legislators and the courts. They are not listening, and it’s time for us to speak for ourselves.
I’ve made this a few times in the last few weeks, as everyone liked it so much. You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand but what I used below was wonderful and it’s another good way to use zucchini if you’re growing it in your garden, like I am. This is easy to make, takes around a half hour, and is nice enough to serve for company.
1/4 cup organic pastured butter
Grassfed Steak Fajitas
We bought 1/8 of a grassfed cow last month, it was around 40 pounds of meat, and some of the cuts were not ones I usually buy. We have two packages of ‘fajita meat’ so I started looking around for recipes. I found a few that I tweaked together, and added in what veggies we had in the house to make this. I’m not eating grains at the moment so I just had mine on a plate with a little shredded raw cheddar and they were delicious. We all like them so much that I made it again a week later.
Farmageddon – A MUST See Movie
We saw Farmageddon – The Unseen War on American Family Farms last week. It’s produced and directed by Kristin Canty, a mom of four, who couldn’t understand why the healthy food she wanted to buy for her family, was so hard to find.
Kristin said, about why she made this film, “I decided I needed to tell this story. My goal was to let these honest farmers using centuries old farming practices tell their side of the stories. So, I set out to make a film. Farmageddon is in no way meant to convince anyone to drink raw milk, or eat grass fed beef, but rather an argument to allow those that want to make those choices to do so. It is simply about freedom of food choice. The government needs to stop harassing small farmers, private food buying clubs and co- ops without food freedom…. we are not free.”
From the movie’s website, “Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.”