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June 7, 2013

GMO Facts

Source: The Non-GMO Project

Frequently Asked Questions

Boy eating corn XSmallWhat are GMOs?
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Are GMOs safe?
Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment.

Are GMOs labeled?
Unfortunately, even though polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs, the powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from the public. In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve.

Where does the Non-GMO Project come in?
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization with a mission of protecting the non-GMO food supply and giving consumers an informed choice. We offer North America’s ONLY third party verification for products produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance (for more info, click here). Our strategy is to empower consumers to make change through the marketplace. If people stop buying GMOs, companies will stop using them and farmers will stop growing them.

Do Americans want non-GMO foods and supplements?
Polls consistently show that a significant majority of North Americans would like to be able to tell if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs (a 2012 Mellman Group poll found that 91% of American consumers wanted GMOs labeled). And, according to a recent CBS/New York Times poll, 53% of consumers said they would not buy food that has been genetically modified. The Non-GMO Project’s seal for verified products will, for the first time, give the public an opportunity to make an informed choice when it comes to GMOs.

How common are GMOs?
In the U.S., GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food. Click here for a current list of GMO risk crops.

Why does the Non-GMO Project verify products that have a low risk of containing GMOs?
Some ingredients that seem low-risk may have less-visible high-risk ingredients.  Take, for example, dried fruit.  Raisins and similar fruit are sometimes packed with a small quantity of oil to keep them moist.  This oil, when used, is sometimes high-GMO-risk.  As such, it is critical that we do take the time to look carefully at ingredient spec sheets during the verification process, to ensure that risks like this are effectively mitigated, even in apparently low-risk products.

Contamination incidents have occurred with seemingly “low-risk” products (rice, starling corn, flax). Non-GMO Project Verification supports manufacturers in being able to quickly and proactively respond to unexpected contamination issues.

Verifying only high-risk products puts a heavy burden on consumers to know what products are at risk of containing GMOs.  Many people, even in the world of Natural Foods, don’t know what a GMO is, let alone which crops and processed ingredients are high-risk.  As such, labeling only products that contain high-risk ingredients could give an unfair competitive advantage to products that contain ingredients containing corn, soy, etc.  Taking the cereal aisle for our example, if we verified only high-risk products, a shopper might see the seal on a box of verified corn flakes, but not on the wheat-based cereal box next to them, produced with the same high standards by the same company. This could leave them thinking the corn flakes were non-GMO, but that they should avoid the wheat product, even though there’s no GMO wheat on the market.  Given the lack of understanding of the issue, this presents some serious issues.

Through verifying low-risk products, the Non-GMO Project’s work builds consumer interest and industry investment in Non-GMO, even for crops that aren’t genetically engineered yet.  Biotech is constantly working to patent and commercialize new organisms (salmon, apples, etc.), and the more companies that have committed to Non-GMO production, the more resistance these new developments will see prior to release.

What are the impacts of GMOs on the environment?
Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs:’ which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons like 2,4-D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange). GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture, and are developed and sold by the world’s biggest chemical companies. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these novel organisms cannot be recalled.

How do GMOs affect farmers?
Because GMOs are novel life forms, biotechnology companies have been able to obtain patents with which to restrict their use. As a result, the companies that make GMOs now have the power to sue farmers whose fields are contaminated with GMOs, even when it is the result of inevitable drift from neighboring fields. GMOs therefore pose a serious threat to farmer sovereignty and to the national food security of any country where they are grown, including the United States.

How can I avoid GMOs?
Choose food and products that are Non-GMO Project Verified! Click here to see a complete list.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

January 19, 2012

Do You Microwave In Plastic Food Containers?

Stop Now!  Here’s Why…

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ve probably heard something about the chemical BPA, a chemical found in plastics and how it affects your health.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical produced in large quantities that is used primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.  Polycarbonate is strong and durable, but over time it may break down from overuse at high temperatures.
BPA is found in a wide variety of common products including:

  • CD’s and DVD’s
  • electronic equipment
  • automobiles
  • sports safety equipment
  • reusable food and drink containers
  • medical devices
  • protective liners of food containers
  • water and baby bottles
  • other food packaging
  • metal products such as bottle tops and water supply pipes
  • some dental sealants and composites

Polycarbonate containers that contain BPA usually have the recycling number 7 on the bottom.

The primary source of exposure to BPA for most people is through diet.  While air, dust & water are other possible sources of exposure, BPA absorbed from food and beverage containers accounts for the majority of human exposure.
BPA’s are considered a synthetic or xeno estrogen that can wreak havoc on the body’s endocrine system and cause damage to the human reproductive system. Especially if the exposure occurs during a critical developmental stage (high levels can be found in baby bottles & baby formula can liners).

Other diseases linked to BPA exposure include:

  • Cardiovascular system damage
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Obesity

Lab testing in 2007 by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Working Group and other academic and non-profit organizations,  found BPA in 20 out of 28 well-known brands of canned food and drinks including

  • Campbells
  • Progresso
  • Del Monte
  • Pepsi-Cola
  • Coca-Cola
  • Dole
  • Green Giant
  • Bush’s
  • Nestle.

Most of the BPA in American’s bodies is believed to come as a result of leaching from BPA-based epoxy food can linings and other food containers.
Here’s how to limit your exposure to BPA.

  • Avoid microwaving food and beverages in polycarbonate plastic containers & don’t use plastic wrap to cover.
  • Reduce your use of canned foods.
  • Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers, particularly for hot foods or liquids, when possible.
  • Use BPA-free baby bottles and sippy cups.
  • Fight Back with Nutrition

No matter how diligent you are in removing xenoestrogens from your home, you’ll still encounter them in the outside world. The task, then, is to protect the body from their harmful effects. Certain foods and herbs can shield estrogen receptor sites so xenoestrogens can’t attach, help the body metabolize and excrete harmful estrogen, and protect the body from xenoestrogen damage, says Jillian Michaels, a trainer for television’s The Biggest Loser and author of Master Your Metabolism. Some of the best are crucifers: Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale & Brussel Sprouts which are rich in indole-3-carbinol. The body converts this to diindolylmethane or DIM.  DIM then stimulates certain enzymes in the liver to block the absorption of the toxic estrogens & increases the production of the beneficial estrogens. Crucifers are also high in a sulfur compound which is a powerful breast-cancer inhibitor. DIM supplements are available at Baum’s.

One to try:  Estrobalance from Enzymatic Therapy.

  • FLAX is the richest source of a compound that the body converts into lignans, says Michaels. Lignans are phytoestrogens and help balance the body’s estrogen levels by binding to the same estrogen receptor sites that xenoestrogens do. When a receptor site is already occupied by a phytoestrogen, xenoestrogens can’t attach to it. Lignans appear to be especially protective against breast cancer. One study found that women with the highest amount of dietary lignans had a 17 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer.
    • Best protection: sprinkle ground flaxseeds or cold-pressed flax oil over yogurt, add it to smoothies or stir it into cooked oatmeal. Try these! Barlean’s Cold Pressed Flax Oils or Bob’s Red Mill Whole Flax Seeds or Ground Flax Meal
  • FIBER works as an estrogen-disposal system. Estrogen and xenoestrogens are normally pulled from the bloodstream by the liver and moved to the intestines. In the intestines, fiber soaks up estrogen like a sponge and removes it from the body. Good sources of soluble fiber include apples, beans, psyllium, and oat bran. Sprinkle oat bran over cereal or use a fiber supplement to be sure you are getting the many health benefits fiber has to offer.
  • POMEGRANATE can help block estrogenic activity by as much as 80 percent and helps prevent several types of cancers.  Add pure pomegranate juice to green tea for power packed protection!
  • MILK THISTLE is a wonderful plant that protects the liver from toxins and pollutants. It also stimulates the production of new liver cells.  The liver is the most important organ for detoxifying harmful estrogens from the body.  If the liver is not functioning properly, it cannot perform this task and the harmful substances are re-circulated into the blood stream.

All off these wonderful products and MORE are available at Baum’s!  Ask us about them today!

Is a Plastic Water Bottle Your
Constant Companion?

Baum’s has the perfect way to help you, save money, reduce your body’s toxic load and protect the environment with just one product!
Enviro Products, Better Water brand Drinking Water Filter and Eco Friendly “Corn Bottle”.  This is a great product that instantly filters water as you drink it and It’s good for up to 90 uses!  The bottle itself is made from a 100% renewable, sustainable source…CORN!  It’s not a petroleum based plastic!  It biodegrades in just 80 days!  It’s made right here in the USA and 3% of the proceeds go to organic farming organizations throughout the country.
Just think, for under $10, you can filter your own water up to 90 times!  That’s a huge savings over bottled water you buy at the grocery!  Neat Gift Idea!

Want something a little more durable? Baum’s also has BPA-free, glass water bottles from Life Factory. These fantastic bottles are  made from materials that are free of BPA, phthalates, PVC, polycarbonate, lead and latex. Glass offers the best taste, is the safest material to drink from, is dishwasher safe, and is built to last a lifetime. Their silicone sleeves help prevent breakage and provide a comfortable non-slip gripping surface.  Life Factory water bottles aren’t just for grownups! Baum’s also carries baby bottles to keep your little one safe!

**Information for this article was obtained by Underwriters Laboratories, Elaine Shannon, investigative editor with the Environmental Working Group, and Lisa Turner with Better Nutrition Magazine, May, 2009.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.