Oh My Gosh must read makes you want to be more self sustainable

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by chicken_boy_Kurt, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    Have you heard? The sugar beet seed producers have switched over to
    Monsanto's genetically modified seeds, so the sugar made from beets
    in the US will be almost all from genetically modified beets - they
    aren't even selling the non GMO sugar beet seeds at production level
    any more. I read that a few weeks ago but didn't realize it would
    hit the market so soon, this came in the Organic Consumers
    Association this week:

    The Organic Consumers Association' s (OCA) and allies are calling for
    a boycott of all Kellogg's products after Kellogg's refuses to source
    only GE-Free Sugar. Monsanto's RoundUp Ready Genetically Engineered
    Sugar is due to hit stores this year, exposing millions of consumers
    to untested and unlabeled "Franken Foods" that threaten human heath,
    the environment and farmers' rights everywhere.
    Take Action-Join the Boycott!
    http://organicconsu mers.org/ kelloggs. cfm

    Sign OCA's Petition to Kellogg's
    http://salsa. democracyinactio n.org/o/642/ petition. jsp?
    petition_KEY= 1300
    Make a Free Call to Kellogg's and let them know how you feel
    http://organicconsu mers.org/ ge/CallKelloggs. htm
    Send a Letter to the Editor of you Local Newspapers about the Boycott
    http://salsa. democracyinactio n.org/o/642/ letter/?letter_ KEY=1009

    ************ ****

    Organic foods can't be genetically modified, but they aren't required
    to test what they get to make sure the sources didn't lie/make a
    mistake. Organic fair trade sugar is mostly made from sugar cane and
    will remain a safe bet, but I've read that over the years the sugar
    beets are quickly taking over the sugar market in the US because they
    don't have the climate requirements that the cane does. The sugar
    beet residue after extracting the sugar is fed to livestock and used
    to make cheap wines.

    OMGosh I was surprised and apalled at this. BYC should start a petition for this.​
  2. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Songster

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    What am i missing here? Round Up Ready beets are considered GMO, then so would be Round Up Ready Corn. What do you think all your corn products of made from? Umm corn flakes? Corn meal? Corn dogs? Unless you grow your own stuff, you're gonna eat stuff thats had chemicals on it.
  3. menageriemama

    menageriemama Songster

    Feb 2, 2008
    Lake Nebagamon, WI
    I have been buying only sugar cane sugar for many years now, and when I do buy soda, I get the cane sugar kind. I say yuck to sugar beets and HFCS!!!
  4. adeledamate

    adeledamate In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
  5. chicken_boy_Kurt

    chicken_boy_Kurt Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    Quote:My mom buys only or as much as possible from local farms (and we get eggs from our chickens lol). We get beef from a friend, chicken meat from the same person, corn from our neighbours, almost all our veggies from our farm. Of course during winter we do have to buy things from stores, but she buys all orgainic.
  6. Carolyn

    Carolyn Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    Have you heard of stevia? It is a sweet little herb (literally very sweet) that is easy to grow. Lots of countries use it as a sweetner. The sugar industry in the USA managed to stop that here; it basically can only be sold as a food supplement in health food stores although Krogers and some others do carry it in their organic/health food sections.

    It might be very useful in a boycott of the sugar beets. It seems expensive but when you consider that 1tsp is equavlent to 3/4 to 1 cup sugar things come out fairly even. Best of all you can grow your own and dry the leaves for teas and anything you don't mind having green flecks in. You can also make an extract by soaking the leaves in vodka.
  7. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    Crikey! I am going to check the labels here in the UK as the vast majority of our sugar is made from beet.... thanks for the info.
  8. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    You can grow your own sugar beets, btw. I have some in my garden right now.

    Making them into sugar is a whole nuther matter [​IMG]
  9. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    *There is also honey-as long as the bees last. BTW, I think they will eventually be found responsible for the bee problem. At the very least, partly, if not entirely.
  10. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Songster

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    << BTW, I think they will eventually be found responsible for the bee problem>>

    Who are "they"?

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