By Ishtar Babilu Dingir
What is food sovereignty?
Food sovereignty is about the right of us all to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and the right to define our own food and agriculture systems.
In other words, we have a right to a choice about what we eat and drink, and do not have to give in to others forcing genetically modified and otherwise adulterated foods upon us. Unfortunately, the biotech industry doesn’t agree, and it’s slowly infiltrating GM foods into UK food shops and supermarkets. This may come as shock to many people, After all, in this country, we’ve been proud of our stance on GM foods, and this has largely kept them out – until now…
But through a mix of EU legislation and backroom deals with the biotech industries, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the government, which ever party is in power, has sold out to the demands of the big biotech giants. This is despite the fact that many scientifically-controlled tests have proven that GM foods make you sick, sterile and obese.
No wonder, when for thousands of years, man has thrived on foods produced by breeding techniques that bring together two closely related parent plants. This is a natural kind of breeding, and could happen over evolutionary time without any human interference. Not so with genetically modified strains.
“Big Pharmers” happily combine a fish gene with a tomato, or a bacteria acting as a pesticide with corn, so that we eat the pesticide along with the food. These “Frankenfoods” cause stomach inflammation, bowel disease, thinning of intestinal walls, breast cancer, kidney and liver disease, low sperm count, sterility and stillbirths.
Which is why we’ve brought out the Shop GMO-Free in the UK app.
Shop GMO-Free in the UK app
We’re the first to bring out an app containing the GM status of more than 10,000 foods sold in UK supermarkets, Shop GMO-Free in the UK, which you can download for free here!
Why an app for the UK?
On The Holistic Works, our focus is on articles and products that help us to stay well and healthy the natural way – and the most important rule is, you are what you eat. We’re often asked about which foods serve us best, mutritionally, and, over time, we began to realise that all was not as it seems in the UK, in terms of GM foods. It seemed as if there was some sort of mission creep going on…. that government ministers here were hand-in-glove with the US biotech industry … and we turned out to be right.
There was not even one list, pamphlet or book in the UK giving information about which foods were safe from GM contamination in the UK. So over a couple of years, we put together an app, Shop GMO-Free in the UK, which will give you continually updated information on the GM-status of thousands of foods across hundreds of brands in UK supermarkets.
Get the app here
It’s free of charge, just click on the button.
With our Shop GMO-Free in the UK app on your phone, you will have the power to vote with your shopping basket about what sort of food you and your family will eat.
It worked in Germany, where meat and dairy producers are now being required to feed their cattle with GM-free feed again, when shoppers refused to buy the other kind. (See How to get British supermarkets to return to GM-free meat and dairy).
It’s also been making a difference for shoppers in America, where big food companies are being forced to remove GM ingredients from their products because customers are gradually refusing to buy them. (See Record numbers of US companies switching to non-GMO seeds and GMOs facing downturn on world market).
With huge international trade deals like TTIP being hammered out in private rooms, well away from the democratic process and public accountability, the only leverage we have is in our consumer power. (See The lies behind the EU’s transatlantic trade deal and Secret emails reveal how UK ministers plotted with GM lobbyists to bring GM foods into the UK.)
We hope that our app will make a huge difference… by giving everyone the information they need to make the choices that are best for them and their families.
Get the app now…. free of charge.
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