Follow:
Allergy Friendly Organic Foods and Recipes, Cleaning, Organizing, and Life Hacks

Clean Eating: Just Say “No” To GMOs!

Clean Eating Grow Your Own Organic Food Non-GMO

 

Source

 

The holidays are just around the corner, and that means extra money will be spent on food and tasty snacks. Of course not all of it will be healthy! With all the yummy eats and treats that come with holiday feasts, is it even possible to save money and continue to practice “clean eating?” It actually is! It all starts with growing your own food in advance and making healthy consumer choices. Today I am sharing a few reasons why you should “Just Say “No” to GMOs,” and some easy ways to avoid them. *This post contains affiliate links.

What are GMOs?

To begin, GMO stands for “genetically modified organism.” Plants and animals are now being “altered” in scientific labs by cross breeding their DNA to produce an entirely new species.

Source

 

GMO food is readily available for mass consumption, but it has not been thoroughly tested to ensure safety for human consumption. This is not the same as hybridizing plants, which includes cross pollination from the different species of the same plant and is generally safe. Make an effort to eat non-GMO and organic foods whenever possible!

 

An Overview Of GMOs. Includes a List of Top GMO Crops in the U.S. And How To Avoid Eating GMOs | Food Facts | Go Organic |

Source

 

According to Wikipedia:

A more specifically defined type of GMO is a “transgenic organism.” This is an organism whose genetic makeup has been altered by the addition of genetic material from an unrelated organism. This should not be confused with the more general way in which “GMO” is used to classify genetically altered organisms, as typically GMOs are organisms whose genetic makeup has been altered without the addition of genetic material from an unrelated organism.

The first genetically modified mouse was created in 1974 by Rudolf Jaenisch,[1] and the first plant was produced in 1983.[2]

 

The next generation of GMO's? Test-tube grown meat, fish farms, lab-made omega-3's replacing animal fats, and pink caesar flavored lettuce? I'm torn...

Source

 



Grow your own organic food!

The number one way to go “non-GMO” and save lots of money in the process is to grow your own organic food. If you are already accustomed to buying organic foods, then you know how expensive they can be. Growing your own food means that you can keep your fridge stocked with delicious organic produce for next to nothing. 

 

Save money on groceries by growing your own produce

Source

 Grocery store produce is older and therefore prone to rot faster, but you can pick fresh vegetables and fruits from your garden as needed which will reduce waste and save money.  This will keep food out of your compost heap and in your fridge.  Seeds and plants are relatively inexpensive if you decided to grow fruit trees or  set up a vegetable patch. Once established, even a small garden can yield lots of food.

 

Growing blueberries is a great way to produce some of your own fruit. They're great in containers and urban gardens.

Source

If you have limited space, there are still plenty of fruits, vegetables and herbs that grow well in containers pr small raised beds.  I have always loved European style potager gardens and plan to build one some day.

 

Sweet little veg patch. Keep things small so you can keep on top of the work

Source

After the growing season you can flash freeze your harvest. Even frozen produce from your garden may be more nutritious than fresh store bought produce. The nutritional content of these is often higher than you’d find in vegetables that you buy fresh. That’s because they’re flash frozen within minutes of being plucked from the ground. 

 

Directions for Freezing Fresh Produce - How to Freeze Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs. Tips for preparing, freezing and storing fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Source

Unlike store bought fresh produce which has had time to wilt and lose nutritional content, organic frozen fruits and vegetable retain a lot of the nutrients.  You can also cook your fresh garden produce and freeze the left overs in glass containers or BPA-free  tupperware containers. Then you can defrost it whenever you need. In addition to freezing, you can dry, preserve and can your fresh garden goodies.

 

If you love drinking tea and gardening, why not grow your own speciality teas? This list shows a variety of plants you grow for their leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, and roots to produce delicious, homemade teas.

Source

I drink tea daily, so I spend a fair amount of money on organic, non-gmo teas. Starting my own organic tea garden is on my list of things to do.

 

Emily Pallet Sign Eat Local Organic Fresh Produce Farm to Table Arts Crafts Cabin Boho Hippie Farmhouse Kitchen Dining Decor 12 x 3.5 Inch Wooden Sign Crafts for Living Room Decorative

Organic Fresh Produce Farm to Table Farmhouse Kitchen Sign

Of course you can also purchase fresh, organic produce from local farmers. Not only will you be eating better food, you also won’t be putting money in the pockets of the companies who grow GMO foods and oppose GMO food labeling. Whenever possible, shop local!

 

 

What it's like using Sun Basket, a delivery service that brings reasonably priced healthy organic meals to your house, and all you have to do is some prep work, cook and eat.

Source

There are now plenty of vegetable suppliers online who deliver to any address. You’ll even find that companies like Citarella can help with your fresh fish needs. With options like these at the ends of your fingertips, there’s no reason you should ever need to let fresh food go to waste again. All you would need to do is order in time to ensure your food arrives for the days you need it. Some companies now offer next day delivery.

 

You Are What You Eat!

If you are a meat and dairy eater and you are not buying organic animal products, be sure to make the change as soon as possible!  If you are lucky enough to own lots of land or if you live in a rural location. you might consider raising your own farm animals to ensure your food safety and nutrition.

 

Source

 

Non GMO non Soy chicken feed

Source

Even just a few chickens could keep you stocked with fresh eggs. Factory raised chickens are often sickly and kept in deplorable conditions. Raising your own ensures safety and nutrition, and means that you aren’t contributing to the unethical chicken farming industry.

 

Difference in eggs. Good to know I never knew the difference in cage free and free range. I will stick with the Organic non GMO.

 

Source

 

 

Source

 

Raising your own chickens humanely can be a rewarding experience, and there is nothing like the taste of  healthy, farm fresh eggs!

 

Fresh Eggs Vs. Store Bought Eggs

Source

Forget about GMOs, antibiotics, pesticides and long transportation times. You can pluck your eggs straight from the nest box without a worry.

 

 

garden-chicken-coop

Source

Raising chickens has also become a very trendy thing to do! There are some absolutely stunning chicken coops on Pinterest. Yes, I actually used the word “stunning” to describe chicken coops! Chickens have become pampered pets!

 

Non-Gmo Shopping

If farming or growing your own food just isn’t feasible you can still make healthy consumer choices. Here are a few references to keep in mind while shopping for groceries.

 

There's an easy way to know if produce is organic, conventional or GMO. All you need is to look at the produce label. Click to zoom in and learn how to eat organic on a budget.

Source

 

Look for these labels:

NGP Seal. All your farm feeds, now certified non gmo.

 

#GMO-free brands to support with your grocery dollars!

Source

 

 

Gmo dollars

Source

 

How Genetically-Modified Foods Affect Our Health

Source

 

Today I have shared just a basic introduction to GMOs and the benefits of growing your own produce or raising farm animals. Since we live within city limits our space is limited so we can’t have a big garden. There are also ordinances against raising chickens. Nevertheless I have been growing herbs for several years in small spaces with a great yield. I love using my fresh and dried herbs in cooking. Organic store bought herbs can be expensive, so growing my own herbs has saved money too.

 

Fresh Summer Herbs: Grow, Harvest, Enjoy!

I hope today’s post will encourage you to practice clean eating by avoiding GMOs whenever possible. Due to serious health issues and food allergies, my family has been eating organic and non-GMO foods for about 10 years. It is not always feasible, but even making a few consumer changes by replacing junky GMO foods with healthier organic options is better than nothing. I also hope to start a small vegetable raised bed in the spring to save money and for personal enjoyment.

Do you have your own farm, or a small vegetable garden? What are your thoughts on organic vs. GMO foods? I love hearing from you dear readers!

Thanks for visiting today!

Amber

Want more inspiring ideas?
Sign up for a weekly highlights newletter with all the latest posts!
Your email is always protected.

 

Amazon Picks:
  

Share:
Previous Post Next Post

You may also like

No Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.