FYI: The corn we use in the raw tortillas is organic and made with non-gmo seeds.
Monsanto may soon be allowed to conduct its own environmental studies. Currently, the USDA is responsible for assessing environmental impacts of new GMO crops, but the agency plans to at least temporarily hand over environmental impact reporting responsibilities to the biotech companies behind GMO crops.
If this isn’t the classic example of the fox guarding the henhouse I don’t know what is.
The two-year pilot program will allow the companies to conduct their own environmental assessments, or alternately outsource the work to contractors. The USDA will retain the final say in determining the safety of crops.
According to Fast Company:
“The USDA won’t actually admit that it’s bad at performing its duties — instead, the agency claims that the move will make the environmental reporting process more timely, efficient, and cost-effective … [But if Monsanto] has a vested interest in getting one of its crops deregulated, why wouldn’t it try to fudge the numbers on an environmental review? And why wouldn’t its hired contractors do the same?”
You might think that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) don’t affect you. But in fact, up to 90 percent of all major U.S. grown crops are grown with genetically engineered seed, and can be used in human and animal foods without any safety testing or labeling.
The Soy Question
I am allergic to dairy, so years ago when I discovered a dairy alternative with soy yogurt I was really excited. I love yogurt and granola for breakfast, but quickly realized that with soy yogurt my body was reacting the same way it was with dairy, so I stopped using soy products. When I noticed that my daughter was also allergic to dairy I tried to give her soy as an alternative and the same thing happened. We both tested positive for soy allergy. After that I completely stopped using soy related products.
I had never really questioned soy, but the more I started reading on the subject the more concerned I became for all the people who don’t have an allergic reaction when they eat soy and believe it is good for them. The articles I read completely blew me away. I found the following article “Soy Story” in Ani Phyo’s “Ani’s Raw Food Essentiels” book to be the most helpful information on the topic. But have posted several additional sources for soy research in the links below. Read More
“Forty-two thousand children die per day from malnutrition – that’s 15 million children per year who starve to death. US livestock eat enough grain and soy foods to feed our populations five times over!
Over 80% of corn and 95% of oats are fed to livestock!
One acre of land gives only 165 pounds of beef protein. Yet one acre of land will produce 20,000 pounds of potatoes!
While we feed our cattle to fatten them up for our flesh desires, 60 million human beings are starving to death each year.
If we cut back our flesh-blood intake by only 10% a year, there would be enough resources and grain to feed these 60 million people for a year.”
Gabriel Cousens, M.D. “Conscious Eating” p.372