A genetically modified rose by any other name may smell sweet, but may still have frankenthornsÂ© that might independently detach themselves and lop off your finger while youâ€™re smelling it for all you know. Thatâ€™s not unlike a trip to the grocery store these days. There are a lot of ugly surprises in pretty, charmingly-named packages.
It seems like no matter how hard you try to avoid them, GMOs and toxic foods creep into your life.
Take for example, the earthily-packaged â€œnaturalâ€ foods that are showcased in your grocery store aisles. They cost twice as much, have obscure brand names, and tout their health benefits and natural sources. You can almost smell the freshly tilled soil when you pick up the box.
Unfortunately, this is nothing more than corporate sleight-of-hand.
Many of the products that seem so good are actually just subsidiaries of the companies that were most complicit in blocking GMO labeling, aided and abetted by everyoneâ€™s favorite purveyor of death, Monsanto. (Monsanto, incidentally, donated $7,100,500.00 to the fight against the labeling of GMO-containing products.) Donâ€™t forget that Monsanto is now above the law due to the Monsanto Protection Act, a traitorous rider that Senator Roy Blunt managed to attach to a bill that was subsequently signed into law by President Obama. (you know, that guy in the White House, who made the labeling of GMOs one of his 2007 campaign promises?)
I wish I could make a comprehensive list, but there are more stealthily labeled toxins on the shelves every single day. It all boils down to a these big companies that own nearly all of the foods sold in the United States. Some of the quietly owned subsidiaries may surprise you. Included is the amount that the company (and its subsidiaries) donated to defeat California Proposition 37 which would have required GMO labeling.
Not every item on this list contains genetically modified ingredients. The list is based on the duplicitous marketing of the companies. More consumers are trying to make healthy choices at the grocery stores, but itâ€™s difficult when companies push their toxic wares and dress them up as health food. Young people in particular fall victim to these schemes. You have to give a kid credit for purchasing something called â€œVitamin Waterâ€ over a soda pop, and itâ€™s infuriating that the kid, trying to make a good choice, has been tricked into the purchase by deceitful advertising and marketing.
Some of the products listed, may in fact be exactly what they are portrayed to be, but I choose not to financially support the corporations behind them.
Protect your health and help starve the beast by avoiding products distributed by these companies and their subsidiaries:
Campbellâ€™s â€“ $250,000.00
Healthy Request Wolfgang Puck Soups Pace Foods Pepperidge Farms V-8
Cargill, Inc â€“ $202,229.36
Truvia Natural Sweetener Shady Brooks Farms Diamond Crystal Salt Liza Nature Fresh Peterâ€™s Chocolate Wilbur Chocolate Honeysuckle White Rumba Meats Good Nature
Coca Cola â€“ $1,164,400.00
Vitamin Water Smart Water Dasani Nestea Minute Maid Honest Tea Odwalla Vitaminenergy
Con-Agra â€“ $1,076,700.00
Orville Redenbacherâ€™s Organic Huntâ€™s Organic Lightlife Alexia Healthy Choice Hebrew National
Dean Foods â€“ $253,950.00
Horizon Silk White Wave
General Mills â€“ $908,200.00
Nature Valley Fiber One Cheerios Cascadian Farm Muir Glen LÃ¤rabar Gold Medal Organic Food Should Taste Good
Heinz/Hains Celestial â€“ $500,000.00
(Hains is actually owned by Heinz, Phillip Morris, Monsanto, Citigroup, Exxon-Mobil, Wal-Mart and Lockheed Martin)
Earthâ€™s Best Spectrum Organics Garden of Eatinâ€™ Casbah Rice Dream Soy Dream WestSoy TofuTown MaraNatha Mountain Sun Walnut Acres Fruiti di Bosco Health Valley Bearitos Bread Shop Celestial Seasonings
Kelloggâ€™s â€“ $632,500.00
Kashi Muslix Nutrigrain Bear Naked Morningstar Farms Gardenburger
Kraft â€“ $551,148.25
Snapple ReaLemon Triscuit SnackWellâ€™s South Beach Boca Back to Nature Nabisco
Nestle â€“ $1,169,400.00
Pure Life Pelligrino Perrier Poland Spring Gerber California Pizza Kitchen Tribe Mediterranean Sweet Leaf Tea
Miss Vickieâ€™s Sun Chips Aquafina SoBe Harvest Crunch Dole Ocean Spray Tropicana Miranda Tazo Quaker Naked Juice Motherâ€™s
Unilever â€“ $467,000 (source)
Salada Knorr Ben & Jerryâ€™s
A little bit of good newsâ€¦
It isnâ€™t all bad news. There are a few companies you can still count on â€“ keep in mind that corporate mergers take place every day. When businesses change hands, there is no obligation to notify the public. One such cautionary tale took place with the company Deanâ€™s, which acquired Horizon foods. They quietly phased out the use of organic products without making any changes to the label and used non-organic milk produced under factory farm conditions. As well, they dropped the quality of their organic soy and began purchasing cheaper harvests from Asia. Meanwhile, unwitting retailers had no idea that the company had ceased producing the items organically, and continued to promote the products as they had previous to the acquisition.
Right now, these are some labels to look for. THESE ARE THE GOOD GUYS!!!!
7th Generation Amyâ€™s Kitchens Apple and Eve Applegate Azumaya Blue Diamond Bobâ€™s Red Mill Bossa Nova Cal Organics Cedarlane Cell-nique Choice Organic Teas Clif Bar/ Nectar Fruit Coombs Family Farmers Cosorzio All Natural Country Choice Crystal Geyser Alpine Water Doctor Kracker Dr. Bronnerâ€™s Dr. McDougallâ€™s Dr. Praeger Eat Raw Echo Farms EcoMeal Eddieâ€™s Pasta Eden Foods (The only company NOT using harmful plastic in the lining of their cans as bonding agent!) Edward and Sons Endangered Species Chocolate Ener-G EnvironKiz Fantastic Foods. Giving Nature Golden Temple Go Naturally Greenway Farms Harvest Bay Hawthorne Valley Ianâ€™s Natural Foods Koyo Organics Lakewood Lesser Evil Letâ€™s Doâ€¦Organics LifeStream Living Harvest Lundberg Family Madhava Murrayâ€™s Chicken Nasoya Native Forest Natural by Nature Nature Factor Natureâ€™s Path Newmanâ€™s Own Organic Organic Prarie Organic Valley Pacific Naturals Pamelaâ€™s Peace Cereal Petalumi Rapunzel Real Foods Republic of Teas Roadâ€™s End Organics San J Sensible Foods Seven Star Farms Sunergia Tasty Bite Indian Terra Nostra Texmati Theo chocolates Think Organic Turtle Mountain Toferky Vermont Mystic Pie Vitasoy Vita Spelt Vivani Chocolate Wizardâ€™s Saucery Woodstock Farms XOXOXO chocolate Yogi Tea Zija Zoeâ€™s Granola
Another way to avoid unscrupulous food producers is through apps such as Buycott. If you have an iPhone, it can be used to check a product that you see in the stores to see what corporate links exist with a quick scan (it will be coming to Android soon as well).
Of course, the best way to avoid GMOs and toxic additives is to avoid packaged foods altogether. Raise and preserve your own food, buy organic and local, cook from scratch, and avoid processed foods.
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