Time to cut back more.

January 13, 2010

Time to eliminate even more corn from your diet. Soy too.

Those are the two main crops that Monsanto engineers to tolerate Round-up. Virtually all of the corn and soy grown in the U.S. is a genetically modified seed. And it looks like it’s really, really bad.

Monsanto only spent 90 days testing it. Ya think that’s why no liver or kidney disease or cancer showed up? 90 days? Frickin’ bastards.

No wonder the farmers in India are committing suicide.

In the mean time it isn’t enough to just avoid the high fructose corn syrup. Time to avoid all corn and soy too. Ears of corn. Corn meal. Tortillas. Green Giant nibblets. And products with regular corn syrup. Corn starch. And there are a lot.

Then there are the farm animals that eat the cheap genetically modified corn. No more pork. Chickens will be difficult to identify since whether they are cage free or free range, there’s no way of telling what they’re eating. Grass fed cows aren’t even immune, since there is a difference between corn raised and grass finished and grass fed. And so far no way to label the difference. Even the terms “organic” aren’t any use since the terms aren’t tightly regulated by the government. About the only way you can avoid a corn fed animal is to eat fish or New Zealand lamb.

Once again, you can buy imports from Europe. They have resisted GMS, but if they cave, even imports will be tainted by Monsanto’s poison. The EU, Japan, China, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand have labeling laws for GMO foods. There is no way you can grow enough produce to feed yourself on a normal city lot. And sorry, but I’ve tried the vegetarian route and I can’t eat exclusively fruits, vegetables and fish. I love chicken and I need some meat occasionally. I don’t eat a lot. Sometimes just once a week at my parent’s house.

How do you avoid ingesting Monsanto toxins?

Buy organic and make sure it specifically says 100% organic. Otherwise it may have a GMO (genetically modified organism) in it.

Avoid soy, cotton, canola and corn. Personally, I have no problem with cotton clothes. But I’ll be avoiding soy, canola and corn. I’ve been using olive oil (imported from Italy and cold pressed extra virgin) for everything, including baking. No, you cannot taste it in the brownies or cupcakes.

Avoid packaged or pre-processed foods. Duh. Michael Pollan’s food rules. If you want to eat junk food, make it yourself.

And there is a new site. The non-GMO shopping guide.

It can be done. But it will take more diligence than just avoiding high fructose corn syrup. And a lot more cooking from scratch.


I will miss my favorite crackers.

August 13, 2009

No more Ritz buttery crackers. They have high fructose corn syrup.

So do Keeblers Town House.

So I am reduced to putting Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers in my chili tomorrow. The chili is fine; my Mom made it from scratch.

Adieu to my beloved Wheat Thins too. I haven’t checked Triskets yet. I sure hope they’re OK. Mom’s cheese ball will never be the same without Wheat Thins but if I have to give up Triskets too, I don’t know what I’m going to spread her cheese ball on.

Does Julia Child have a recipe for wheat crackers?

Two book recommendations.

July 23, 2009

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollen

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollen

Eat food. Not a lot. Mostly plants.

Look at the ingredients. If it has any of the following, it isn’t food but a food-like  product. Avoid:
1. Anything with an ingredient you can’t identify.
2. Anything with an ingredient you can’t pronounce.
3. Anything with more than five ingredients.
4. Anything with high fructose corn syrup.

Now that’s a diet everyone can follow.


July 3, 2009

I shop at Vons because their Organics line has no corn syrup. They also carry a 1% fat Lucerne chocolate milk that has no corn syrup.

I also buy my coldcuts in the Deli Select section because they don’t have corn syrup in them. Their Genoa salami, pepperoni and bologna don’t have corn syrup. Every brand of bologna in the regular meat case as well as the salami and hot dogs has corn syrup. That Deli Select was the only one that didn’t. And they discontinued the bologna last week. Corporate Headquarters decision.

God forbid we take away the fuckin’ Starbucks that’s taking up all this floor space that could be used for actual food.

Now I am going to have to find a Kosher deli somewhere that stocks bologna and make a special trip whenever I want a sandwich.