They say that at 7 years old, we humanoids commence the age of reason.
This is most certainly true of my youngest child, who turned seven this summer.
As we are at the end of Non GMO month, I thought I would share with y’all a funny incident that happened at the grocery store. Funny haha and funny weird. Funny embarrassing… In the week following her revelation that GMOs cause cancer in rats I happened to take my 7 year-old daughter shopping. As we walked up and down the aisles, she didn’t ask me about buying non-organic candy. Nope. I was impressed. She passed by those non organic, GMO-laden cereals, bars, and cookies with resolve, without tugging at my sleeve. For the first time, I wasn’t begged at either vociferously or silently with puppy-dog eyes. As we made our way to the check-out, I caught a few wistful glances for those conveniently-placed impulse treats that this mom ain’t buying.
“Mom?” she asked as we were putting our groceries on the conveyor belt, “Can we make garlic bread tonight?” Wow. This was a promising development. Not sweets! But I hummed and hawed. I saw that there was no organic baguette left…. But as she had been so well-behaved, I was feeling inclined to reward her. (Plus she was asking politely.) My hesitation was that although she wasn’t asking for sugar, at the same time the bread wasn’t organic. Now wheat isn’t necessarily GMO but it was found contaminated in Oregon. But even if it were certified GMO free, not being organically produced, wheat is sprayed with toxins such as desiccants. Again not being labelled, well…. who knows?
As I deliberated with myself she was looking at me, time-ticking, people tapping their toes behind us in line…. I thought about it. I do allow her to eat Pizza at school. That being one of many exceptions to the rule. Why not make her fresh garlic bread? Garlic from our garden, fresh organic butter? “Sure. But you have to get it quick because these lovely folks are waiting.” I smiled at the lovely folks.
Off she dashed off to the baguettes (it’s a small store) and came back breathless wielding her trophy.
She nodded enthusiastically grinning ear to ear.
I gave a half-smile. But – I could see little wheels turning in her perplexed face.
“Mom?” she asked, “Does the baguette contain GMOs?”
I sighed, nodded and shrugged. “Why do you think that I didn’t want you to have it?”
She seized the baguette and violently pushed it aside, indignation heaving her little frame.
“WHAT??!! ,” she yelled for all those lovely folks to hear, “D’YOU WANNA GIMME CANCER!!!?”
Talk about absorbing things.
These are situations I didn’t face with my older daughter when she turned ‘the age of reason.” Why? Because we were living in Italy, where GMOs are labelled. In parts of Europe they even have mandatory labelling of toxic pesticides. 64 countries have mandatory labelling of GMOs. Canada and the US are the only two developed nations without mandatory GMO labelling laws. A non-profit organization exists in N. America called the Non-GMO project, of which Nature’s Path was a Founding Member. But it is voluntary. Food can contain other agricultural toxins and residues which are harmful to kids and adults alike can still be Non-GMO verified because they don’t have GMOs. The Certified Organic seal, on the other hand has both zero tolerance for GMOs plus it is grown sustainably. So when your food is Certified Organic and Non-GMO project verified, you can be truly confident in feeding it to your kids.
Certified Organic is the best we have apart from growing your own food. To truly help your children grasp the everyday miracle of life, why don’t you try your hand at gardening? If you weren’t fortunate enough to grow up with an organic gardener, there are plenty of people and organizations out there willing to lend you helping hand! Partake in the symphony of the soil, earthworms wriggling in the healthy compost, drip lines and succulent home-grown berries. In my home, after much trial and error (after moving continents), we are just at the tail end of our Fall crop of golden raspberries. We have plucked green tomatoes, ripening on the window sill in the kitchen, plus our year’s supply of garlic stored away. To quote LA’s Gangsta Gardener, “Kids who grow Kale, eat Kale”. You may wish to try a weekly box of produce from your local farm. Many of them deliver right to your door. We started that when I was pregnant with my first child.
What parent doesn’t want to give their child the best chance for a healthy life? The learning process may involve an embarrassing incident or two along the way. Such as at the grocery store now and again… But this is the stuff which family legends are made of! As Non–GMO month comes to a close, may we all choose systems that replenish the soil, support Biodiversity, and provide us with safe, healthy food.
Let us all make history together and make every month Non-GMO month!
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