Alyssa Collazo: The Non-GMO Project♥

The Non-GMO Project♥

Before I began to explain my project, I'm sure some of you are wondering what is GMO.... GMOs, or “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. 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.

I had no idea about this until my fiance did some research and still I didn't listen, until I seen Fat Sick & Nearly Dead. After doing my own research plus his, we decided to make this very important decision as a family to go completely non GMO. It won't happen over night, which is why I'm creating this project, at any time feel free to join in, it's never too late! We will be replacing every brand in our house with something organic and non GMO. It won't be easy but well worth it in the end. We want to be a GMO free household by the New Year.  What mainly made me want to go GMO free, was my daughters. They deserve nothing but the best!

Now step back and answer this one question. Are my kids eating genetically engineered food?
 The sad truth is many of the foods that are most popular with children contain GMOs. Cereals, snack bars, snack boxes, cookies, processed lunch meats, and crackers all contain large amounts of high risk food ingredients. In North America, over 80% of our food contains GMOs.  If you are not buying foods that are Non-GMO Project Verified, most likely GMOs are present at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

But you can change that by going non-GMO! 
I plan on blogging about my shopping trips, deals, brands, recipes, etc.

If you have any questions or want to join my project, feel free to comment or even email me (alyssacollazo@yahoo.com)!

14 comments:

  1. I have been researching this too--looking forward to your future posts on the topic!

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    1. I look forward to hopefully helping you become a non-GMO household! ;)

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  2. I completely agree with your quest! It's not easy and it does take lots of research and patience to change to a Non-GMO lifestyle...we are slowly making the change. I just read an article about the US approving DelMonte's new pineapple variety (Rose) that is GM. :( Education is key.
    http://www.naturallysavvy.com/natural-and-organic/del-monte-s-gmo-pineapple-approved-in-the-u-s

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    1. I'm definitely preparing myself... I've been browsing a local whole foods store for the best stuff and doing a bunch of research on the best non-GMO products. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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  3. I am on the non-GMO wagon as well - that stuff just has no place in our diet. I can't wait to follow along as you shop for non-GMO products!

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    1. I got a little depressed over the weekend at how much we've actually been spending but our diets are so much better off! The difference is incredible!

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  4. This is really interesting, not something I have thought much about - looking forward to reading about which products you swap for others.

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    1. I never but much thought into it either but once you actually see what you are putting in your body it makes you sick! I will be posting an update very very soon ;)

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  5. Wow! looking forward for more updates about this.

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    1. I will be posting an update very very soon!

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  6. This is a great quest. I am looking forward to seeing more posts about this.

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    1. It definitely is, not only a quest but an entire new lifestyle. I can't wait to share what's been going on and the differences

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  7. I'm looking forward to reading your posts about this! I'm also trying to cut back on GMOs and it's HARD, but so worth it.

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    1. I completely agree it's so hard but 85% of our house has been switched to GMO free stuff. It's very costly but totally worth it! I am so proud of us for actually doing it and sticking to it! Can't wait to update soon =]

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