What is Healthy Food?
It's beyond USDA certified organic, NonGMO, non-petri dish and non-synthetic.
Nutrition science tells us that our genetic history can make us more or less prone to be allergic to certain foods. Likewise, our genetic makeup makes us more or less prone to thrive eating certain foods. This interdependent relationship did not happen over 20, 30, or even 100 years. Our bodies have evolved alongside plants for tens of thousands of years. It's been developing since we started being on the planet. It makes sense that if we and our food supply evolved over millennia, that every body might not be ready for all the new lab created food that corporations are creating and all the pesticides and herbicides they are spraying on them.
Most nutrition experts can agree that the best diets are derived from original source foods. If you buy whole vegetables, fruits, meats, grains and legumes, you’re taking the best steps toward a healthy diet. After that baseline, people start to do research to find what works best for them.
There are literally thousands of websites that talk about what might be the optimal diet for YOU. Whether you choose a vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, Ketogenic, Mediterranean, Omnivore, Pescatore, Opportunivore or whatevervor diet, we wish you good luck in that journey. Our only advice is to find someone you trust and, most importantly, listen to your body, then keep listening to it as things can change, especially if the diet you choose isn’t too varied.
Learn more about the best diet for YOU! Some of our most trusted sources are:
For more traditional nutrition: Dr. Weil
For one on one work find a doctor who practices Functional Medicine by either googling ‘functional medicine” with your town and state or go here.
Good Food is beyond organic.
What does "Organic" mean?
Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony.
Organic’ is a labeling term that denotes products produced under the authority of the Organic Foods Production Act. The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole.
Organic agriculture practices cannot ensure that products are completely free of residues; however, methods are used to minimize pollution from air, soil and water.
Organic food handlers, processors and retailers adhere to standards that maintain the integrity of organic agricultural products. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.”
There are different levels of organic labeling:
“100% organic” means that all the ingredients are organic
USDA symbol means that 95% of ingredients are organic. Many people are surprised at this. The reason is that organic farmers cannot always control pesticide drift or contamination and should not be penalized for something they did not do. We agree.
“Made With Organic Ingredients” Means a minimum of 70% organic ingredients. The remaining 30% has strict restrictions (including no GMOs).
If a product has less than 70% organic ingredients, a producer can list organically produced ingredients on the side panel of the package, but they cannot make any organic claims on the front of the package.
Why “Beyond Organics?”
Food labeling market is very confusing. There has been a ton of confusion that has built over the past few years. They need to be cleared up immediately. Natural, Pasture raised, nonsynthetic all mean nothing.
The USDA Organic standard is a great start and important benchmark for trusted standards.
However, there are a few considerations-
- The standards do not require practices that regenerate the soil microbiome and carbon sequestration capacity.
- The standards do not require fair labor wages, practices and policies or treating animals humanely. As a result, there is slavery and cruel treatment of animals on some large corporate organic farms. See more about Just Food here.
- The National Organics Program is under-funded so does not have the resources to actually test their products for compliance to the standards. At this time, the standards call for testing only 5% of their products. This is particularly concerning in regards to genetic engineering. The NonGMO Project was formed NOT to compete with the Organic symbol, but to enhance it. The people who started the NonGMO project, did so because the National Organic Standards Board was not creating protocols to protect organics from GMO contamination. However we don't want to imply that buying something labeled "GMO Free" is better than organic food. Quite the contrary. Please see below on "What's better? Should I buy organic or NonGMO?" to find out more.
- The Standards can be changed at the whim of the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).
- The Board is increasingly unbalanced. Generally speaking, small, family owned farming operations care about the spirit of organics and healthy food grown in a way that’s good for the planet. The board is increasingly comprised of corporate organics who care more about a larger profit margin for organic premium pricing than the spirit of organics.
- There are few watchdogs that hold corporate organics accountable.
- Some organically certified foods contain glyphosate (RoundUP, a potential carcinogen). Find out more about how it's in our food here.
Again...we cannot stress strongly enough that even with all its shortcomings, USDA Certified Organic Food is the food we urge people to eat, especially if there is no local organic grower at your local farmers market.
Good Food is GMO Free
What is a GMO?
GMO is an acronym for “Genetically Modified Organism”. It is synonymous with the acronym GE or “genetically engineered.”
We follow the definition that the international community follows: A genetically engineered food is a plant, meat or synthetic product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory. It is NOT grafting, traditional hybridization, grafting or cross- pollination.
Genetic engineering can be done via the “old school” method of transgenics or the newer technologies (CRISPR, gene drives and more) that have become popular since 2013.
The transgenic process takes genes from one type of plant, animal, virus, or bacteria, and inserts it into another plant, animal, virus or bacteria. It uses bacteria and viruses to make the new trait work. It is a very expensive process, usually taking many trials or “events” (as they called them) to get them to work. Each event costs around $5000 and takes months to see results.
Most of the old school techniques were only able to produce two traits that worked well for the market:
1- RoundUp Resistance to kill weeds. The plant can be sprayed heavily with RoundUp aka glysophate and not be killed by chelating (binding up) the plant's mineral (and since they are bound in the plant, we don't get them, either).
2- Inserting a pesticide into corn to make it kill any bugs (and???) that eat it.
There are a variety of newer techniques. The most well known is CRISPR. Basically, scientists hacked the immune system process in cells, then used the steps to insert a desired trait into the new host DNA.
CRISPR has reduced costs exponentially (only about $50 per event and only weeks to wait). It has created a frenzied playground for Gene Hackers (as they call themselves). They are busy creating plants and animals that glow, cows with no horns and all sorts of other traits….even genetically engineering humans in some countries (and most likely here, it’s just that no one is watching).
It appears that CRISPR is not as direct or controlled as we thought. A study published in July 2017 shows over 1500 off target mutations that computer algorithms missed.
For a deeper dive on CRISPR:
Synthetic Biology or GMOs 2.0
Gene hackers are genetically altering bacteria and yeasts to secrete synthetic variations of vanilla, oils (Algae Oils) and products. They eat GMO corn and sugar to feed these synthetic organisms that are slated to grow everything from oil for our cars to clothes to plastics to lab grown “meat”.
Synbio products are already on the market and you haven’t even heard of them. You don’t know get to know where they are. Therefore, you don’t get a choice about whether to eat them or not.
Learn more about Synthetic Biology here.
These technologies are so new that the US government has been caught off guard and is in the process right now (2017) of trying to figure out how to regulate them. That’s right….as of today, the government has NO regulatory framework in place to control gene hackers. Anyone can get a kit to do gene hacking in the privacy of their own home.
Please, read everything online with a critical eye. Question where the information comes from and what their motivation might be. Don’t be fooled by the industry’s new PR campaigns, no matter how “reputable” the source sounds. The new technologies ARE genetic engineering/GMO. They are spending literally millions of dollars to confuse you. Don’t believe them.
Why is Good Food NonGMO?
Because if you want to live your life with the precautionary principle, look at the science that is NOT funded by the industry and the raw data with a critical, educated mind, it’s the only logical conclusion.
GMOs have only been in our food system for 25 years. There has never been a long term, longitudinal study done on humans for anytime during that period. Not one.
There have been a few reviews of animal studies but all were done by cheerleaders for the industry. The most quoted one was supposedly done on billions of animals that had eaten trillions of meals. What they don’t mention about that review of other studies is that 94.7% of the animals they reference were broiler chickens that were killed at 49 days. Their usual lifespan is 5 years. The chickens would not have had time to develop the symptoms of a long-term exposure to eating. Find out more here and here.
In the 90’s, FDA scientists warned that we could see increased toxicity and allergies. Instead of further study, they decided to consider GMOs “Substantially Equivalent” to their non engineered counterparts. A 2016 study shows that they are clearly NOT substantially equivalent.
In the meantime here is a list of over 2000 peer reviewed studies or review papers that suggest potential harm from GMOs for humans, animals, insects and the environment.
What's better? Should I buy Organic or NonGMO?
If we have two identical products, the only difference being one was only labeled with the NonGMO Project blue butterfly and the other with only the USDA organic symbol, we’d choose the Organic symbol every time. Why? Because technically, organic standards prohibit planting of GMOs. So unless you have an “at risk” product (like corn or canola, both heavily contaminated) then we are pretty comfortable that there are no GMOs in it.
The NonGMO project verified only tests for the presence of GMOs. It was meant to be an add on to organic certification, not to replace it. If you buy products without that organic seal, then you have no standards about pesticides, fungicides, amendments, etc. Organic is way better. The NonGMO Project just assures us that that the organics have been tested for GMO contamination, which is especially important with at risk foods like corn and canola...and probably lots food items in the future.
Avoid any gluten free products that aren’t organic. If they don’t have the organic symbol, they are chocked full of all sorts of bad stuff. You’re being taken to the cleaners. Why are there so many gluten free products? Because there is a market for them and the gluten free industry relies on you being confused, thinking that gluten free is better than organic. Don’t be fooled. They are mostly junk, full of chemicals, additives, pesticides and all sorts of poison stuff.
Good, healthy food is Free from lab created ingredients, additives and chemicals.
Our government agencies like the EPA, the FDA and the USDA do not exist to keep us healthy and our kids safe. They believe that each chemical that industry creates should be considered for use based on a cost/benefit ratio. They know that these things aren’t good for us, but consider that industry and profit margins are equally important as our health. So they consider the cost of how many folks will get sick next to what a particular chemical will do for the GDP.
Since they are not really here to keep us safe, then we have to take matters into our own hands.
How many times do we need to be told that a product is safe for us, good for us, that those who say to avoid it are nuts...only to find out decades later that, oh wow...Bought Industry Junk Science showed harm but...oops...they hid it. And now that tons of you are sick or dead, we are so sorry. The litany is endless- trans fats, sugar, aspartame, RoundUp, cigarettes, low fat/high carb diets, statins, NSAIDs, BPA, DDT, and so many, many more poisons that have caused so much pain.
We know that Monsanto and at least one EPA official colluded to get RoundUp on the market.
From court documents, we know that Monsanto also bought journalists and scientists and waged campaigns against anyone who publishes anything that counters their propaganda campaigns.
But we don't mean to just focus on Monsanto as there are plenty of other poison companies out there (that, also, interestingly, have partner Pharma Conglomerates).
Why would we believe that ANY chemical or industry made food ingredient, additive, preserver, gas, packaging, spray, irradiation, dust, nanoparticle or anything is safe for us? Why would we trust industry after their long history of deception and disregard for our long term health?
The good news is we have a choice. We are actually the drivers of this broken, unhealthy food system. We have the power to change all of it with our food choices.
We can choose to remember the past and decide that we don’t want to put our lives in their hands. We can make good food choices that make us alive and vibrant, healthy and full of energy. We can get rid of brain fog, arthritis, diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure and all sorts of other chronic problems that plague our country by simply saying NO to the chemicals and eating real, whole foods. Where we spend our food money will make a difference.