It would seem consumers in Canada are up in arms over a policy that Campbell's has revealed. Yes GMO's are a part of the Campbell's way and there's no sign that will change in the near future. So, now what?
In response to Campbell's not listing their GMO'ed ingredients to their labels, many health conscious Canadians have decided to boycott the company and flood them with phone calls and emails demanding answers as to why there is no transparency with their products.
A page on Facebook is encouraging people to bombard Campbell's with calls and emails in order to make the message clear: Canadians will not tolerate GMO'ed foods.
Then and Now
After years of protests, marches and social media petition hell, I made a choice. That choice wasn't to run kicking and screaming to 'The Man' in order to get my way. Before even knowing a thing about the GMO issue with Campbell's I just studied the ingredients on the label wrapped around that can.
It's a house rule that if we look at a label and can't pronounce or define an ingredient, we won't consume it. It was about 6 years ago or more that the days of Campbell's soup being in our pantry ended. The only time we would use it was out of laziness and/or convenience. When I started to really look at our health, I couldn't ignore that the ingredients listed with Campbell's and so many other companies, was not suitable for my family's consumption. Not to my standards at all. How had I become so lost in my way of providing my family with nutritious meals? Oh that's right, it was the way it had been since I was a kid.
I came from a house that ate well. I truly believed I had it so much better than so many where food was concerned. I still believe this to be true with a few exceptions. Truth is, I was being poisoned right along side everyone else no matter how good the quality of my mother's cooking was. Our whole family was a fan of the mushroom soup for certain dishes that I still crave today. Pork chops with rice and veggies and cream of mushroom soup was a family favorite and yes, again, it still is, in this house today. The difference being that I make my own mushroom soup and no it doesn't take me hours or days.
The sodium content alone in these canned soups (low-sodium brand or not) is unhealthy, and again, remember all those words we can't pronounce, or can't define without referencing.
They Wouldn't Feed Us Poisons?!
Sorry to say they would, and they do. I could go into long drawn out rants (with facts and data) of why GMO's are not safe for consumption. I could go on and on about how the chemicals in our food are causing the increases we all see in heart disease, stroke, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, ADHD, ADD mood disorders and the like. I could, but I won't. I'll let others do that for me.
British Medical Association (151,000 members): “Many unanswered questions remain, particularly with regard to the potential long-term impact of GM foods on human health and on the environment. There is a lack of evidence-based research with regard to medium and long-term effects on health and the environment…Labelling of GM-containing foods should be continued in order to facilitate further health research”
Steven Druker, public interest attorney and author of the acclaimed book, "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth," says, "The widespread misconceptions about GE foods have been created and sustained through the systematic spreading of disinformation by a large number of their proponents. Deplorably, one of the chief spreaders has been the FDA; and if that agency had not routinely distorted the facts – and instead told the truth – the GE food venture would almost surely have collapsed. For instance, when the FDA issued its policy statement on GE foods in 1992, it claimed it was 'not aware of any information showing that foods derived by these new methods differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way,' despite the fact its files contained multiple memos from its own scientists explaining how GE foods do indeed differ, why they pose greater risks, and why none should be presumed safe unless its safety has been demonstrated through rigorous testing. Moreover, the FDA compounded the fraud by claiming that GE foods were 'Generally Recognized as Safe' among experts and could be marketed without the requirement of any safety testing at all, even though its files reveal that it knew there was no expert consensus – and even though the law mandates that foods containing novel substances must be established safe through solid technical evidence. Furthermore, to create the illusion that responsible regulation was being exercised, the agency set up a voluntary consultation process that it claims affords 'rigorous' review. But the process is not a genuine scientific review, and the FDA’s Biotechnology Strategic Manager has acknowledged that fact – while admitting that the agency does not even request or receive any original test data."
I really don't have an awful lot more to add to any of this except for a few very important words of advice about our diets, foods and the way we shop.
I hear people making every excuse in the world as to why they don't cook their own meals from scratch. Why they think that the aisles in a grocery store contain healthy options. I've also been sick of hearing Canadians bash Americans because for some reason we think our food regulations are so much more superior than what American's have in place. Here's a little secret you might have read in the photo at the beginning of this article: American companies aren't hiding the fact that their products contain GMO produce....Canada is completely hiding this information from Canadians. You should probably take your superiority complex and do your homework Canadians. We're lab rats in our country and this is just one example of how it is so.
Make Your own Soup!!!
I figure if I repeat it enough times, it just might sink in. MAKE YOUR OWN SOUP!!!
Stop making excuses for poisoning yourself and treat your body with the respect, love and nourishing it deserves. Stop begging for companies or the government to take care of you and take care of yourself. It's not going to get better, we have to get better. We have to demand more for ourselves and in turn give what we deserve to ourselves. No one is going to do any of this for us.
Anyone can make a pot of soup and I'm going to give you my recipe to get you started. Don't be afraid, you really can't screw it up! Once you make one soup, you'll be hooked and want to make more. Once you realize you can fill and ice cube tray with broth so that you can have flavour you can add to rice and pasta dishes, you will never buy bullion again. It's worth it! You are worth it! Your children are worth it!
Over this past weekend we visited our local market and purchased 4 beautiful cornish hens. We used the carcasses to make the most beautiful broth. Adding turmeric and saffron brought this soup a beautiful colour and the taste was simply divine! Fresh sprouts and veggies, homemade pastas and lots of love goes into each pot and Campbell's can't hold a candle to this recipe. Why would you want to accept less?
Well, there it is, my two cents for what's going on with the idea that boycotting a company, while being a great idea to spread awareness, is just the beginning of the real change that needs to happen. It all starts with you. Not a corporation that you beg to practice transparency or the government you want to intervene to force their hand.
You take care of you! No one else is responsible for your health!
Stop asking others to take care of you. It actually costs less to make your own in the long run. Your health is far too valuable. It's time to take charge of your own life and to stop relying on others to do it for you.
Author: Cari-Lee Miller
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