11 Steps for GMO Eradication: Help Grow the “GEM”

By Jack Adam Weber

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Dear Fellow Sane Human Beings,

Greetings. It’s a pleasure to write to you again.

By now you likely have plenty of information and encouragement for why not to purchase GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). What we need now is to band together and take action. So below I have outlined “How” to do this.

If you need more information on GMOs or GM Foods, please search this site for “GMO” or see my articles.

GEM stands for “GMO Eradication Movement.” It of course also refers to our beautiful planet. So to “Grow the GEM” means eradicating GMOs to beautify our world. The 11 Steps for Growing the GEM are divided among three levels of participation. An overview of the three levels for being a GEM (GMO Eradication Mover) are:

Level I: Learning how to identify GMO products and not to buy them.

Level II: Includes Level I knowledge and action and shares it with others: friends, businesses, restaurants, grocery stores, etc.

Level III: Includes Level I & II, and implements public outreach to masses of people, and puts their hands in the soil.

I have also set up a GEM Facebook Page. This will be a crucial resource for us as we go forward, and your participation will help us all. So please join us here to meet and join forces.

As we learn more, the list below will be amended and updated. Please help us “Grow the GEM” by passing on this information. We absolutely need all of us now working together. Time is urgent. We cannot procrastinate.

Feel free to copy and share the 11 Steps and please cite the source provided at the end of the list.

These Steps are the heart of GMO Eradication. Please consider them carefully and implement them as soon as possible. We all have to get down to business and be disciplined about this if we hope to win this thing. We have to do it together; please be a leader.

LEVEL I (Eliminate)


1) Learn which foods are GMO and do not buy them (unless organic). The current GM food crops are:

  • Corn (includes “sweet corn”)
  • Soy  (includes lecithin)
  • Sugar beets
  • Honey (via GMO crops’ pollen)
  • Cotton (including cottonseed oil)
  • Canola (including canola oil)
  • Alfalfa
  • Hawaiian papaya
  • Tobacco
  • Yellow crookneck and zucchini squash,
  • Dairy Products (tainted with rBGH and from animals fed GM food)
  • Meat (all kinds, from animals fed GM food)
  • Salmon (the actual animal is slated to be GMO)
  • (Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein), TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein), xanthan gum, vanillin, sucrose, lactose, dextrose, lactic acid, maltodextrin, Vitamins A, B2, B6, B12, C, D, E, K may be from GMO.

2) Print out the list and carry it with you; memorize it if you can.

3) Check food labels for GMO ingredients; if they are not listed as organic, they are likely GMO. Don’t buy it. Exceptions are products that bear the “NON GMO Project” label.

a) Example 1: Canola is a GMO crop. If a product contains canola oil and does not specify it is organic, it is likely GMO. Don’t buy it.

b) Example 2: Soy is a GMO crop. Tofu, tempeh, and soy yogurt are all made from soy. Also check for soy in veggie burgers and veggie sausages. If it is not organic don’t buy it.

4) Buy as little commercially farmed processed food and as much organic food as possible. Processed foods are more likely to have GMOs as well as hidden GMO ingredients.

a) Example 1: Corn is a GMO crop. Corn syrup, vitamin E, citric acid, polysorbate 80 and sodium citrate all can be derived from corn, and likely from GMO corn.

b) Example 2: Commercial beef, chicken, and turkey are almost always fed GM food. Only buy organic meat. “Free Range” meat is not necessarily organic.

5) Avoid commercial restaurants. Restaurants that are not specifically organic (far and few between), often use cheap food, which is often GMO and non-organic.

LEVEL II (Outreach)

6) Share information about the dangers of GMO foods with everyone you can. Share with them any of my articles, Jeffrey Smith’s video(s), or just Google it.

7) Ask grocery stores and restaurants, family and friends, not to deal in GM foods. Talk to your  children’s’ food director/organizer at school. Everywhere you go, let food-related organizations and people know: NO GMO.

8.) Call or email food companies that do not specify suspect ingredients as GMO and ask if they are GMO.

a) Example 1: Soy lecithin is often GMO. Call companies that make foods with soy lecithin and ask if it is from GMO soybeans. As them to send you verification in writing by email.

b) Example 2: If a label says “sugar” it may come from sugar beets, which are a GMO crop. Call the label’s company and proceed as with lecithin example.

c) Example 3: I recently called Twinlab, Kal, and Lessaffre (makers of Red Star Yeast) companies, all manufacturers of nutritional yeast products. Only one, Kal Brand, told me they guarantee both the yeast and the culture medium for the yeast (often corn and beet, both GMO crops) to be non-GMO. I told the others I would not buy their products until they guarantee non-GMO on the label.

9) Encourage anyone you know not to use Roundup because it is integral to GM food production, much more toxic than once suspected, and buying it supports Monsanto

LEVEL III (Community)


10) Organize rallies, protests, donate to and support organic groups, create and circulate petitions, set up information booths, and begin a public outreach to masses of people to denounce GMOs and support organics.

Additional actions: pass out GMO warning flyers, write articles, post notes at work, go to protests, Google GMO articles and videos. Host movie nights.

11) Plant that organic garden already! And get your family and community involved.

Source:  GMO Eradication Movement – GEM (Facebook Page)

Extra Tips/Reminders


In sum, the overall safest, healthiest, and most economical way to empower our GMO Eradication Movement is to buy whole organic foods, grow you own, prepare your own meals, and buy from as many local organic farmers as possible.

If a food is organic it is not GMO. Knowing GM food crops will tell you which foods to look out for in their non-organic form. If not organic, a food may still be non-GMO, but this is becoming more and more unlikely. For example, sugar beets come organic, GMO, and conventionally grown (often grown with pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, but not necessarily GMO). Organic sugar beets are non-GMO. Conventionally grown sugar beets might be GMO (you have to ask), but best to avoid because they are likely laden with pesticides.

If a food ingredient contains “sugar,” it is likely GMO because a lot of sugar comes from GMO sugar beets! If the label reads “cane sugar” it likely has pesticide residues but at this point in time is not GMO. Health tip: stay away from “sugar” for good physical and emotional health and to be a GEM!

VITAMIN SURPRISES:

* Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can be made from GMO corn

* Vitamin D and vitamin K may have “carriers” derived from GMO corn (such as    glucose, sugar, starch, and maltodextrin)

* Vitamin E is often made from soy

* Vitamins A, B2, B6, and B12 may be derived from GMO sources

Remember “All Natural” and “Natural” labels don’t mean squat. These foods can still be GMO.

Thank you for becoming a  GEM, not a GMO! The 11 Steps can be downloaded here on one convenient page, though without the “examples” mentioned in the 11 steps above.  Please share the 11 Steps everywhere you can and  join us on Facebook.

In Solidarity,

Jack

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Jack Adam WeberJack Adam Weber, L.Ac. is a Chinese medicine physician, author, celebrated poet, organic farmer, and activist for body-centered spirituality. His books, artwork, and provocative poems can be found at his website PoeticHealing.com. He is also the creator of The Nourish Practice, an Earth-based rejuvenation meditation. Weber is available by phone for medical consultations and life-coaching.

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  • http://Website Brian

    Wow great article….so basically it is almost completely out of reach to avoid GM completely.For instance, Blue Diamond almond milk says that their almonds are not genetically modified on the carton, BUT it has soy lecitin and probably other GM derived ingredients added to it. Also, whole foods brand ‘organic’ almond milk is no better. They use xanthan gum to thicken it. How they are allowed by the usda to use this non-organic additive is beyond me. It’s derived from Corn (probably GM…) and Isopropyl alcohol (which is a known carcinogen). It’s such a shame that one has to be completely radical in their dietary habits to avoid this junk.

    There is also the issue of GMO contamination of usda certified organic products that you do not mention in this article. I read that Non GMO project certification yields sketchy results, with some of their certified products yielding a 50% gmo number. Also, whole foods suspiciously adds ‘organic’ soybean oil to their organic tomato sauce. Why? Because they sneak these soybeans in via China which can easily get usda organic certified by bogus local chinese certifiers.

    • http://poetichealing.com Jack Weber

      Brian, thanks for your feedback…almonds are not a GMO crop at this point, so no GMO there. As for xanthan gum, that is one of the sneaky ingredients derived from sucrose, glucose or lactose, so it can come from corn or milk. I should add it to the list, along with others that are “out there.” There was a great little “sneaky” list floating about on FB, but I have not been able to re-find it. If anyone does, please post here or email me.

      I heard about the non-GMO project cert. being sketchy at times, but there was not enough bad info to conclude it was bunk. So, until I learn more, I am rolling with the good news about it…please post or link me as appropriate. Who knows if whole foods sneaks in soybeans; we can only do our best. If each person manages to cut out 90% of GMOs from their diet, we are in good shape and can tackle to remaining 10%.

    • http://Website Ivan

      The Blue Diamond almond milk that I just purchased has sunflower lecithin and specifically says it is free of soy products.

  • http://Website Brian

    At any rate, wherever you live in the world, find a farmer you trust to provide you with a source of organic food. You will sacrifice choice/food preference for seasonal fresh food your body will love.

  • http://poetichealing.com Jack Weber

    Thumbs up, Brian!

  • http://www.thecoloradowave.com carmen allgood

    The more people are truly aware of ‘what’s for dinner’ and can make informed decisions about what’s in our dinner – the more power we will have. If we stop buying well-disguised poison, the sources will automatically dry up, and the sooner the better. Great article, and really simple steps anyone can take to help clean up our food supplies.

    • http://poetichealing.com Jack Weber

      As always, thank you, Carmen. Appreciate your support and light on the world…Jack

  • http://Website Brian

    Jack,

    I googled ‘gmo contamination’ and found these sites:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/03/12/us-biotech-crops-contamination-idUSN1216250820080312

    http://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/apr10/organicfarmers_gmocontamination.php

    I took another look at the almond milk and I was mistaken. It was sunflower lecitin not soy. Also, non or their other additives were on the list either, so good for them.

    • http://poetichealing.com Jack Weber

      Brian, thanks for getting back. Will check these out. Cheers, and drink up that Almond milk!

    • http://poetichealing.com Jack Weber

      BRian, i just read these articles in full. It is sad and reason that we all need to act now to mitigate the contamination of our food. Thanks for these articles. The first is from 4 years back, but still relevant. I have filed these articles for the GEM website.

      Stay keen, Jack

  • http://Website Mary

    I do know of a good source of vitamin D and that is sunlight (before midday, as later it can cause skin problems) but it is an excellent way of eliminating risks of bone problems, etc and is also said to help prevent cancer and other health problems like depression, etc. It is great to see someone finally trying to get a real Anti GMO movement together, especially in the US where no one seems to be able to escape GMO products, I ´d love to know just how much food in Europe is GMO free.

    • http://poetichealing.com Jack Weber

      Thanks, Mary…I agree to all.

  • http://www.healthyfoodhealthylife.com.au/ Jeani-Rose Atchison

    Well done. Becoming conscious of where our food comes from and how it affects us and the planet is critical. Taking responsibility for the consequences of our actions will give us back our confidence in choosing what is best for our needs. Making wise choices as you have pointed out will create the food industry changes we need. Buying and growing organic, eating more plant based foods and making your own meals are the common sense steps essential for our wellbeing.

  • http://Website Rex

    Dear Mr. Jack Adam Weber,

    I salute your proactive drive and passion on what you think and believe is right. However, not all what we think may be truly right and true. Like you I promote through my weekly DXCP Radio Farm Program for 40 years now the Natural Organic, Biological, Environment friendly and healthful farming system.

    On the other hand, labeling GMO as all bad may not be truly right and misleading. There may be good and bad GMO not all bad. Just as there are good men and bad men, GE or Genetic Engineering is a process discovered by man because of the talent man received in creation. It is a process that can be used for good or bad. So it is not right to totally condemn all GMO and products of GE. I need not elaborate for I know you are intelligent and could easily comprehend.

    Hope we can help bring back a better Mother Earth planet to live in for our children and coming generations. If you are a believer, May God bless us all.

    I live in Gensan, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.

    Rex

    • http://poetichealing.com Jack Weber

      Rex, thank you for your viewpoint.

      Do you know of a single GE third-party experiment that has come back with positive, or even neutral results, for the test animal/subject? I have reviewed many and have seen none. The tests done by Monsanto-hired scientists are incredulous, so I leave those alone.

      GE is a scam. Worse, it is a bad scam, as it does so much deep harm and not a bit of authentic good. Is there a single GE product for our food supply that has proven to show long-term benefit?

  • http://Website Rex

    Many farming technologies introduced by Western Countries to the rest of the world have bad effect on our environment, and even on life itself. Some of them are the introduction of mono cropping farming system with the use of toxic poison agricultural chemicals. They have destroyed bio diversity, imbalanced eco system and poisoned the land, water and air of our farms. Our birds in the air and fish in fresh waters are no longer around.

    • http://poetichealing.com Jack Weber

      Yes, it is true, Rex.

  • http://Website TO

    Thanks for this information. Wondering if you know what children’s vitamins are organic? Thanks.

  • Jil C.

    Hi, I see your prior comment re: almonds “not a gmo crop” from 2-years ago. Please confirm that currently (Aug 2014) almonds and pecans are safe from GMO? Thanks, jc