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List Of The 38 Countries That Have Now Banned GMOs

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Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are a group of plants, animals, and bacteria which are engineered for various applications, from agricultural production to scientific research. [1] While the only food products in the market that are genetically modified are those approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the negative effect of GMOs on environmental and human health are still raising concerns.

Many countries have taken safety measures and banned GMO crops from being cultivated and sold due to the aforementioned health and environmental concerns, although some countries still allow the import of GMO products. [2]

Here are the countries that have banned the cultivation and / or imports of genetically modified organisms: [2][3]

Africa
1. Algeria (Cultivation allowed. Imports banned.)
2. Madagascar (Cultivation allowed. Imports banned.)

Asia
3. Turkey (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
4. Kyrgyzstan (Cultivation banned. Imports banned.)
5. Saudi Arabia (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
6. Bhutan (Cultivation banned. Imports banned.)

Central & North America
7. Belize (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)

South America
8. Venezuela (Cultivation banned. Imports banned.)
9. Peru (Cultivation banned. Imports banned.)
10. Ecuador (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)

Europe
11. Scotland (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
12. Wales (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
13. Northern Ireland (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
14. Germany (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
15. France (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
16. The Netherlands (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
17. Malta (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
18. Cyprus (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
19. Greece (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
20. Bulgaria (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
21. Russia (Cultivation banned. Imports banned.)
22. Serbia (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
23. Croatia (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
24. Italy (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
25. Denmark (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
26. Hungary (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
27. Moldova (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
28. Latvia (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
29. Lithuania (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
30. Austria (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
31. Poland (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
32. Slovenia (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
33. Azerbaijan (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
34. Bosnia and Herzegovina (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
35. Luxembourg (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
36. Ukraine (Cultivation banned though laws are widely ignored. Imports allowed.)
37. Norway (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)
38. Switzerland (Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.)

As far as we are aware, this is the full list for countries at the time of writing. However there may be additional counties or states that have banned GMOs – for example:

Counties in California, USA: [4]
1. Mendocino (Cultivation banned.)
2. Trinity (Cultivation banned.)
3. Marin (Cultivation banned.)

Sonoma County, California is currently working on banning GMO cultivation (this is a link to more info and support their campaign).

Do you know of any other counties or states that have banned GMOs locally? Let us know in the comments!

References:

[1] Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO): Harmful Effects of the Agent
http://enhs.umn.edu/current/5103/gm/harmful.html

[2] Where are GMOs grown and banned?
http://gmo.geneticliteracyproject.org/FAQ/where-are-gmos-grown-and-banned/

[3] GM Crops Now Banned in 38 Countries Worldwide – Sustainable Pulse Research
http://sustainablepulse.com/2015/10/22/gm-crops-now-banned-in-36-countries-worldwide-sustainable-pulse-research/#.V4Cl3SMoS2w

[4] List of Countries That Banned Genetically Modified Food http://naturalrevolution.org/list-countries-banned-genetically-modified-food/

15 Shocking Facts About Your Burgers And Milk

15 Shocking Facts About Your Burgers And Milkimage – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B-_xH0Xmho

Due to rising human population and common farming / eating practices, livestock production has also been increasing to keep the food industry supplied with animal products. This action has had serious environmental impact: global warming, environmental pollution, habitat loss, and diminishing resources. And the sad fact is that only a fraction of the population are actually aware of the destruction that is happening to our environment.

Eating a burger and drinking a glass of milk every day might just be normal for you, but do you know how much precious resources were consumed just to put that food on your table?

Here are 15 shocking facts about meat and milk production that you might not be aware of.

1. A Quarter Pounder patty requires an astonishing 600 gallons of water to produce. This is equivalent to showering daily for 2 months.

2. Domestic water consumption only uses 5% of the total water usage in the US, while animal agriculture uses 55%.

3. To produce 1 pound of beef, 2500 gallons of water is required; 1 pound of eggs require 477 gallons of water; and 1 pound of cheese needs 900 gallons of water.

4. Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas use 100 billion gallons of water per year, whereas livestock farms use 34 TRILLION gallons per year.

5. A United Nations report published in 2006 said that cows produce more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector.

6. A 2009 Worldwatch report said that transportation vehicles emit 13% of greenhouse gases, compared to the 55% produced by cows.

7. Cows produce methane as a part of their digestive process, which is 25 to 100 times more destructive as a greenhouse gas than the carbon dioxide emitted by combustion and breathing.

8. Raising animals for food uses 33% of the earth’s freshwater, 45% of land, and has caused 91% of the destruction in the Amazon rainforest. 9.26 million acres of rainforest have been lost for palm oil production, and 136 million acres have been lost for livestock production.

10. Cows produce 130 times more waste than the entire human population.

11. If everyone in America switched to eating only grass-fed beef, it would need 3.7 billion acres of land to raise the cows. However, the US only has 1.9 billion acres available.

12. To produce 1 gallon of milk, 1000 gallons of water is needed.

13. We are growing enough food for 12-15 billion people, while there are only 7 billion people, and 1 billion are starving every day.

14. 50% of the grains and legumes we grow are fed to the animals.

15. 7 billion people drink 5.2 billion gallons of water and eat 21 billion pounds of food every day. However, it only takes 1.5 billion cows to drink 45 billion gallons of water and to eat 135 billion pounds of food every day.

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20 Ways Stress Harms The Body Plus Top 10 Foods To Reduce Stress

20 Ways Stress Harms The Body Plus Top 10 Foods To Reduce StressInfographic © herbs-info.com. Image sources: see foot of page

Stress is a feeling of tension whenever we are under pressure, and it is the body’s natural response to the stressors in our environment. [1] Many things can trigger stress, including sudden change, difficulty, pain, unpleasant circumstances or even simple imagery.



Momentary stresses are regarded as being not as bad for the body. Sometimes, when we are faced with a dangerous situation, our nervous system produces larger amounts of the chemicals adrenaline and cortisol which results to quicker pulse, faster breathing, tense muscles, and increased oxygen usage of the brain. In short bursts, this can boost the immune system and provide us with the energy we need to deal with a situation. However, in chronic stress, levels of these chemicals in the body are elevated for prolonged periods, which is not good for health. [2]

20 Ways Stress Harms The Body

[3]

1. Upset stomach. When you’re stressed, you may feel a tingling sensation in your stomach, and may even vomit if it is severe enough. If the stress is chronic, you may develop ulcers.

2. High blood sugar levels. During a fight-or-flight situation where the liver produces more glucose, the sugar is normally reabsorbed by the blood. But for people whose bodies are unable to control blood sugar properly, this could eventually result in diabetes.

3. Obesity or weight loss. Whenever you’re stressed, you tend to eat more – or less – than you usually do.

4. Diarrhea and constipation. Stress affects your body’s digestion and how fast the food moves through your body, which may cause diarrhea and constipation.

5. Erectile dysfunction. For men, chronic stress can affect testosterone and sperm production, and could even lead to erectile dysfunction and impotence.

6. Irregular menstruation. For women, high levels of stress are associated with absent or irregular menstrual cycles.

7. Cardiovascular problems. The consistent increase in heart rate during chronic stress can increase the risk for heart attack, hypertension, and stroke.

8. Asthma attacks. Stress makes you breathe rapidly, which can be a problem for people with asthma and lung diseases.

9. Tension-type headache and migraine. The muscles in our body tense up whenever we’re stressed. When the muscles are taut and tense for long periods of time, it can cause headaches and migraine.

10. Hyperventilation or panic attacks.

11.Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). Before their period, women who are stressed may experience painful abdominal cramps, bloating, and mood swings.

12. Musculoskeletal problems. Muscle tension may eventually lead to muscular atrophy and other stress-related musculoskeletal problems.

13. Inflammation of the coronary arteries. Persistent chronic stress may contribute to the inflammation of the coronary arteries, and could also lead to heart attack.

14. Heartburn. Stress, exhaustion, and increased use of alcohol and tobacco may result in heartburn.

15. Long-term drain on the body. Chronic stress causes the nervous system to constantly trigger physical reactions, resulting to a wear-and-tear of the body.

16. Menopause. Stress causes the symptoms of menopause to intensify, especially hot flashes, anxiety, and mood swings.

17. Decreased sexual desire. Along with distraction and fatigue, stress may reduce sexual desire especially among women.

18. Skin problems. Chronic stress worsens psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. It may also cause hives, rashes, and fever blisters. [9]

19. Memory deterioration. Exposure to chronic stress accelerates memory deterioration and aging. [10]

20. Drug addiction. Stress can cause changes in the brain similar to those caused by drugs, which makes stressed-out people more vulnerable to drug relapse. [11]

10 Foods That Reduce Stress

1. Blueberries. They’re rich in antioxidants and vitamin C which helps repair and protect the cells whenever you’re stressed. [4]

2. Avocado. Avocados have plenty of B vitamins which help promote healthy nerves and brain cells. They are also high in monounsaturated fat and potassium which help lower blood cholesterol. [4]

3. Almonds. Munching on these vitamin B2 and vitamin E rich snacks boosts the immune system which helps protect the body against diseases. [4]

4. Salmon. Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids that help keep adrenaline and cortisol from spiking up and protect your heart whenever you’re stressed. [4]

5. Orange. The vitamin C in oranges are also known to effectively lower cortisol levels in the body. [4]

6. Spinach. Leafy greens such as spinach contains magnesium which regulates cortisol levels and provides a feeling of comfort and well-being. [4]

7. Lemon balm tea. Drinking lemon balm tea, which has antioxidants, reduces stress and improves metabolism. [5]

8. Dark chocolate. It reduces the cortisol levels of the body, and the antioxidants in the cocoa repairs the cells in the body. [6]

9. Grapefruit. Grapefruit has an outstanding antioxidant activity that helps fight stress and boosts the immune system. [7]

10. Carrots. Carrots contain carotenoids, which fight oxidative stress and boost the immune system as well. [8]

References:

[1] Nordqvist, C. 2015. What Is Stress? How to Deal With Stress
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/145855.php

[2] Fact Sheets on Stress
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml

[3] Stress Effects on the Body
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress-body.aspx

[4] Zuckerbrot, T. Eat to Beat Stress: 10 Foods That Reduce Anxiety
http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/eat-to-beat-stress-10-foods-that-reduce-anxiety/slide/3

[5] Arceusz, A. et al. 2015. Flavonoids and Phenolic Acids in Methanolic Extracts, Infusions and Tinctures from Commercial Samples of Lemon Balm.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26197530

[6] Warner, J. 2009. Dark Chocolate Takes Bite Out of Stress
http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/news/20091113/dark-chocolate-takes-bite-out-of-stress

[7] Castro-Vasquez, L. et al. 2016. Bioactive Flavonoids, Antioxidant Behaviour, and Cytoprotective Effects of Dried Grapefruit Peels (Citrus paradisi Macf.).
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26904169

[8] Butalla, A. 2012. Effects of a carrot juice intervention on plasma carotenoids, oxidative stress, and inflammation in overweight breast cancer survivors.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22292424

[9] How Stress Affects the Skin
http://www.webmd.com/beauty/skin/the-effects-of-stress-on-your-skin

[10] Sandi, C. 2007. Neural Plasticity and Memory: From Genes to Brain Imaging
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK3914/

[11] Stocker, S. 1999. Studies Link Stress and Drug Addiction.
http://archives.drugabuse.gov/NIDA_Notes/NNVol14N1/Stress.html

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