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Re: Resisting Brainwashing Propaganda
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2015, 11:51:08 pm »
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If you are interested, I will post my miniature corn research. I have lots of cool corny  ;D  pictures with it. 

No thanks AG, I wouldn't understand it.

What I would like to know though is it worthwhile to buy so called Organic grown corn at a place like Whole Foods and take the big shafting on their high prices, or is it still a cob of chemicals and Roundup? I don't trust piggies, even though Whole Foods has a good reputation. Their stock has not been doing well lately, and they vow to come up with a solution. We both know what that means.

The reason I ask is I was getting the shaft paying big bucks for their cage free eggs.  Come to find out the piggies got the law written where cage free means a chicken allowed to look out his cell block window for a few minutes every day. a few alternate net websites Bad Quaker and Jim Corbett that I listen to occasionally woke me up to that con job.

It's tough staying ahead of the piggies, they have a million bags of tricks. Comments on Blueberries, organic versus conventional would be welcomed as well. With three bucks a pint difference in price, and they sure look alike, my gold bug instincts about people and money tell me to buy the conventional and wash them extra thoroughly. 


Yep. Whole Foods is out to get some suckers customers with a new line of "affordable" products with some clever name that they CLAIM will be GMO free and organic. I agree that anything they say must be taken with a grain of salt.

You mentioned blueberries. As you have surmised, ANY product you buy requires a certain level of trust by you because, apart from the obvious appearance of the food, something the retailers have become experts in packaging so they look great to us, we humans simply do not have the sensory equipment to tell if something is GMO or not.

We also cannot tell what level of pesticide residue is on fruit or veggies.

And we have problems picking out meat too. We see a label that says "grass fed" beef certified organic. It's just a label. Somebody might have slapped it on there and the meat is from a poor cow that was pumped hidden meat "product" prions in the feed along with HFCS from GMO corn AND lots of GMO yellow dent (inedible!) corn too! There is simply no way to tell by sight.  :P

The internet has helped avoid some of the pitfalls somewhat.

My wife has discovered a place called Vitacost. It's got a lot of organic foods including great roasted garlic tomato sauce. I mention it because, even though we don't get fruit from there, it's a source you may want to check out. They aren't giving the stuff away, but the prices are reasonable.

Back to the blueberries. As to fruit, let us understand and be clear that GMO, at least at present, is a non-issue (tomatoes technically are fruit and ARE being GMOed so you have to watch out for them).

Somebody out there is monkeying with banana DNA but it's not on the market yet.

The issue with fruit is pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic is better, not just because the pesticides aren't used, but because organic, even though they look exactly the same as the non-organic, have a higher nutrition content. Fossil Fuel based Chemical fertilizers are great for making BIG fruit with LOW nutrient content. So, the YIELD IN WEIGHT helps the farmer make more money.  But the fruit just ain't the same. Organic fruit, if it's not mislabeled, is worth the extra expense.

The ISSUE with pesticides is real. But as you pointed out, many veggies (e.g. celery, broccoli, potatoes, carrots and other tubers) and fruit that have been sprayed, particularly fruit with thick skin like mangos, avocados and citrus, can be washed. BUT, the thin skinned ones like apples, blueberries, gra pes, etc. will have residue. Peaches suck up pesticides like there is no tomorrow so you DO NOT EVER want to buy them if they aren't organic. The skin is alive. It absorbs whatever was sprayed on the fruit. The pesticide might not go any farther, but it ain't gonna get totally washed off because it ain't totally on the surface.

That said, washing is not optional, regardless of the fruit or the vegetable. There are lots of potentially harmful tiny critter things (like nematodes and the like) that you get rid of by washing.   

But don't fixate on washing. We wash organic fruits and veggies too.

Fixate on the nutrition. Find out what the difference is between organically grown blueberries and non-organically grown ones. Just Google that and you will then be armed to do the money math. Yes, there is always some trick that a retailer is trying to play. But in fruit, you generally DO get what you pay for.

With food like corn, that can be GMO without you knowing it, avoid the yellow colored corn. There is ZERO GMO corn DNA in the heirloom (Indian) colored corn varieties.   

Here's a snippet from my research:

Black, red and blue corn is rich in anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have the potential to fight cancer, calm inflammation, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, protect the aging brain, and reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.   

We started eating yellow sweet corn because when Washington was destroying the crops of the Native Americans to help them starve to death, one of his troops discovered a very yellow variety the Native Americans were growing and took the seeds back.  The more yellow the corn is, the more carotenoids it contains, since these compounds provide plants with color. In particular, yellow corn is abundant in two carotenoids, zeaxanthin and lutein, which keep eyes healthy.   
So yellow sweet corn is NOT a nutritional improvement over colored corn even though it DOES taste somewhat sweeter. But the bottom line is that you CANNOT get scammed into buying GMO corn labeled otherwise when it is colored corn. I recommend it. Is it expensive? Yep. But you really do get what you pay for.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/opinion/sunday/breeding-the-nutrition-out-of-our-food.html?pagewanted=all

I know you aren't interested in buying corn seeds but this web sight has a lot of pictures of the type of corn you may be interested in eating:

Corn, Mandan Bride Organic Catalog #1355A

(Zea mays) From the Mandan Indians of Minnesota and North Dakota. Extensive color range includes some attractive striped kernels. Use as a flour corn or for fall displays. Ears are 6-8" long on 6' plants. 85-90 days.

http://www.seedsavers.org/onlinestore/corn/Corn-Mandan-Bride-OG.html

Maybe our Diner in Minnesota can hook you up with some organic Indian corn sellers.  8)

GO, you have a lot of CFS. Most of food purchasing decisions involves some footwork, unfortunately. But it has got to be done. Use your CFS to get the best buy for your HEALTH, not your pocketbook.

There is an old saying in Spanish that applies quite well to food:

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Lo Barato Sale Caro = Buying cheap things is false economy, cheap things turn out expensive in the end
« Last Edit: July 23, 2018, 11:53:48 am by AGelbert »
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