This month's giveaway is the hot-off-the-presses Non-GMO Cookbook. I've been so excited about this one since I received my copy in the mail.
The book is packed with gorgeous photos and delicious recipes for healthier eating, as well as up-to-date info about GMOs and how to avoid them, including how the Non-GMO Project verifies products in North America. And pssst, I contributed my very own recipe which you'll find on page 98!
To enter the draw, simply enter using the Rafflecopter form below. I'll announce the winner at the end of the month.
I have found that one of the best ways to truly understand what GMOs are about is to watch this feature film by award-winning journalist Marie-Monique Robin. You can watch it in its entirety right here, and I cannot recommend it enough.
The world of GMOs is a murky place. There is a lot of confusion, disagreement, and often passionate debate. Having been somewhat obsessed with this topic for the past 15 years, there are a few basic myths that I've heard repeated over and over again whenever the topic of GMOs comes up. These are worth a closer look.
Myth #1: The scientific consensus is that GMOs are safe.
A group of world scientists recently released a statement saying there is no scientific consensus on GMO safety. The studies that have 'concluded' GMOs are safe are primarily short-term studies funded by the biotech industry and companies like Monsanto. Government agencies like the FDA rely on data presented to them by companies that stand to benefit from FDA approval. But several peer-reviewed and independent scientific studies actually show there are reasons to be cautious. From environmental impacts such as the creation of superweeds and insect resistance, to increased pesticide use, to possible health impacts, we should be deeply concerned. But whatever side of the fence one sits on, one thing can generally be agreed on, the science is in its infancy and our understanding of how genes operate is constantly evolving, as new findings come to light.
Myth #2: GMOs reduce pesticide use.
False. Since their introduction, GMOs have actually resulted in an overall increase of 404 million tonnes of pesticides. And as I found out when I spoke with the Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety, increasingly toxic pesticides are being used, as weeds become resistant to the old ones.
Myth #3: GMOs increase yields.
The biotech industry has been very good at spreading the myth that GMOs increase yields. However, recent USDA-backed research debunked this myth and revealed a more accurate picture: that there is negligible yield increase, and in some cases, yield loss in crops grown with GMO seeds.
Myth #4: GMOs are needed to feed the world.
We are already growing enough food to feed the world. The problem is how we use and distribute that food. In 2011, a United Nations study showed that organic farming is the best way to feed a hungry planet.
Myth #5: Those who oppose GMOs are anti-science.
Many people who wish to avoid GMOs are very much in favor of science. They would simply like to see governments regulate GMOs according to independent science, not industry science. 14-year-old Rachel Parent said it best when she debated Kevin O'Leary on Canadian national television and told him, "I am not against science, I am for ethical science."
Myth #6: GMOs are simply an extension of natural breeding.
GMOs are entirely different from conventionally bred organisms, that's why they can be patented. Genetic engineering takes place in a laboratory, forcing DNA from one organism into the DNA of another, something which doesn't occur in nature. For instance, genetic material from a bacteria or virus can be spliced into the DNA of a mammal or a plant.
So if you are interested in knowing more about GMOs and learning how to avoid them, I highly recommend the Non-GMO Cookbook and I hope you'll enter the draw. If you'd like to order your own copy of the book regardless, you can so right here. Bonne nuit everyone and good luck in the draw!
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