Kids say no to GMO

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Kids can grow an organic container veggie garden at their home, community, or school garden with certified organic seeds or starter plants and say no to GMOs. Genetically modified foods have become a large presence in U.S. restaurants, supermarkets, and schools. These foods are made from plants and animals (GMOs) that have had their genetic makeup artificially altered by scientists to make them grow faster, look better, store well on trucks and warehouses, and last longer. This is a different process than the natural cross pollination or grafting practices of the past as it accesses the DNA and transfers the genes from an organism in order to change the character of the receiving organism. Instead, kids can grow heirloom organic veggies and choose varieties that taste better and are more nutritional. More than 70% of GMO seeds have poison inserted in their DNA which disrupts delicate ecosystems in the environment and the food supply. A new generation of “superweeds” and “superbugs” are appearing as weed populations adapt to the herbicide and bugs adapt to the pesticides. Most GMO seeds are owned, produced, and sold by four powerful corporations that want to make money. The Monsanto Corporation provides the technology and owns the patents on 90% of the world’s genetically modified foods. The herbicides, pesticides, and poisons inside the GMOs have already had an impact on human health and on the environment. Life-saving phytochemicals, fibers, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are readily available for kids in the garden in the form of fresh whole organic fruits, veggies, and herbs. Kids can grow their own organic veggies in a school, community, or patio gardens. Kids can visit the Farmers Market and get fresh local organic produce and support local organic farmers who are struggling to survive. Kids can read the labels at the supermarket and choose organic, using consumer power to say no to GMO.  

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