We as a community started talking about GMOs a little while back. Thanks to Leah for educating us. I am getting very good at understanding how to fight back on this important issue. Today’s Mamavation Monday Post and upcoming Mamavation TV show is to continue our GMO education.
The most important thing people need to understand is that genetic modification is not the same as the kind of selective breeding farmers have utilized for centuries to improve their crops and livestock. Historically, nature has created the variability in the gene pool and man has only nurtured and replicated the preferred change. As a result, variation occurred in a very narrow range and never crossed species. GMOs represent the first instance of man creating the variability and doing it outside the laws of nature by splicing DNA of different species together. This can only be called experimental and we have no deep experience and understanding to draw on in order to assess both the opportunities and the threats resulting from this
There are so many awesome sistas in our sistahood and this week we are proud to present you with our own Kia Ruiz as an expert on GMO.
Special Guest:Kia Ruiz (@bodhi_bear)
If you haven’t met Kia, you are missing A LOT. She is one of the nicest people I’ve met. She is amazingly good at everything she does. Have you ever done morning yoga after a late night out? It is an awesome start for the day and we were lucky to have the class taught by Kia last year at Fitcation. Kia is a yoga instructor and also a biologist.
“We care for ourselves, we care for our environment. There is an intersection of the worlds of health/fitness/wellness and being green. I like this space – they are not mutually exclusive. I did 3 years of Ph.D. coursework in biology before a car wreck, my focus was on my physical recovery after that. I still enjoy teaching and sharing – this is that space.”
These days you can find Kia advising and contributing to wellness and environmental non-profits, writing, taking pictures, blogging, and teaching yoga around the Front Range of Colorado and online. See her blog Bodhi Bear for a taste of her wellness journey and learning.
Guess what you won’t find in Unreal candy? If you answered GMOs, you totally deserve some of their delicious candy. Check out their awesome website; it is quite entertaining, educational, and just cool. The story of Unreal candy is inspirational – with a teenager looking for something to indulge on without harsh chemicals, nasty GMOs, and hydrogenated oils. Reading Nicky’s story makes me happy that there are teenagers in this country that think about changing food industry for all of us.
2 blogging carnival participants will receive Unreal candy. Include the following disclaimer in your weekly Mamavation blog post and link back to Mamavation site to qualify for the prize drawing:
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