Just How Bad Is GMO Food?

Thumbs down to GMO foods - choose healthy foodJust how bad is GMO food?

Here’s what we’ve read about GMO products, and whether or not they should be part of a healthy diet:

As you probably know, there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding the topic of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in food.

In my opinion, the only reasonably safe alternative — short of food you grow yourself from trusted non-GMO sources in non-pesticided/herbicided soil, or from known similarly-minded growers — is to purchase food labelled “organic”.

Unfortunately, even the “organic” label is not necessarily a 100% guarantee of purity or quality.

On the other hand, if it does NOT specify “organic” on the label the chances are increasing that the product DOES contain GMOs or traces thereof.  If the product contains corn, canola & soy, some GMO factors are a virtual certainty (86%, 93% & 93% respectively).

The “natural” label on many foods, including those found in health food stores, is completely meaningless in terms of whether or not a food contains GMO components.

If you’re not sure about what you’re buying or eating… ask!

As regards some of the potential effects of GMOs on human health please read:

Finally, according to this article, approximately 2/3 of the products sold by Whole Foods Market and their main distributor, United Natural Foods (UNFI) are not certified organic, but rather are conventional (chemical-intensive and GMO-tainted) foods and products disguised as “natural“:  Natural Label Meaningless.  CAVEAT EMPTOR!

(This article was modified from the following URL.  We encourage you to visit their website.  http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/organic-elite-surrenders-to-monsanto/)

Healthy Living in New Hampshire

photo of NH river sceneFor a healthy place to live and work, New Hampshire is a perfect choice.

In 2010, New Hampshire ranked as the third healthiest state in the United States. That’s according to America’s Health Rankings.

Here’s why: According to verified statistics, New Hampshire has…

•    A low percentage of children in poverty.
•    A low violent crime rate.
•    Ready access to early prenatal care.
•    A low rate of uninsured people in our population.

New Hampshire really shines in many health areas.

For example, it’s a great state for families.  In 2010, New Hampshire had the lowest rate of teen births, and ranked  in second place for low pre-term deliveries.

However, it’s not really news that New Hampshire is one of America’s healthiest states.  We seem to rank well every year.

  • In 2009, Forbes magazine ranked New Hampshire as the fifth healthiest state to live in, after Vermont, Utah, Massachusetts, and Hawaii.  With Vermont and Hawaii having great environments, Utah’s respect for healthy lifestyle choices, and Massachusetts’ forward-looking healthcare options, that’s great company to be in!

Environmentally, New Hampshire is looking good, too. Our state has taken aggressive steps towards clean, renewable energy.  By 2025, nearly one-quarter of our state’s electricity will come from clean, renewable sources, such as wind, solar and clean biomass.   That was assured by legislation in 2007. (That information is from Environment NH.)

Are you looking for a great place to work? In late May 2011, according to MSN Careers, New Hampshire ranks as the second best place in America (after North Dakota), if you’re a job seeker.

“New Hampshire may have the third lowest unemployment rate in the country, but it ranks No. 1 in another category that’s important to most job seekers: Income. According to statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau late last year, New Hampshire has the highest median household income in the U.S.”

MSN Careers, 24 May 2011

Of course,  health living means a balance of work and play.  Few states offer as many year ’round recreational opportunities as the great Granite State of New Hampshire.

If you want fresh air, New Hampshire consistently ranks well for outdoor recreation.  From its pristine coastline and white sand beaches, to the renowned Lakes Region and the legendary White Mountains, there’s always something great to do in New Hampshire’s great outdoors.

Whether you live in New Hampshire or you’re here for a visit, we hope you’ll stop in and say hello at Gemini Health Emporium.  You’ll find great natural foods and interesting conversations at our downtown Tilton location, not far from Concord, Laconia, and Lake Winnipesaukee.