Yesterday was Part 1 of the series "GMOs, Monsanto, Sustainable Agriculte, and Our Food System. I hope you learned something from it. And if you didn't read it, please go back and do so. We talked about what GMO means, what Monsanto is and how our food system has been compromised from the seed and ground up. Today we'll talk about what exactly "sustainable agriculture" is and what brands to avoid. What brands to buy instead will be covered in Part 3.

What is Sustainable Agriculture? Let me try to explain it as clearly as I can without using technical jargon. It is the practice of farming (plants and animals) using ecology principles that will last for generations.

Let me explain. Sustainable Agriculture is the act of clean farming practices that treat the soil for generations to come. This means crop rotations (not planting the same crop in the same spot year after year), giving land rest (rejuvenation for the soil), cover crops (replenishing soil nutrients), and NO pesticides/herbicides (organic). If crops are grown in the same place year after year, the soil loses its resistance to diseases as well as nutrients in the ground. Just like our bodies need nutrients, so does the soil in which our food grows. And just like our bodies need rest/sleep, so does the soil.

Sustainable Agriculture needs quality sun, soil, water, and air. Clean air is a risk to organic farms when neighboring farms spray/use pesticides. This is why you'll see signs that say "please do not spray" near organic farm boundaries. Good soil practices include preventing soil erosion/water runoff. This means using organic principles as in no pesticides/herbicides/chemicals.

I hope that explains Sustainable Agriculture clearly.

Now, Monsanto would want you to believe they are promoting sustainable agriculture. But that is COMPLETELY wrong. If you learned anything from what you just read, you know that sustainable agriculture practices include NO pesticides/herbicides/chemicals. What is Monsanto again? A company that makes genetically modified seeds AND pesticides/herbicides/chemicals. How on earth (no pun intended) is this acceptable? We as consumers are lazy and don't give a crap about how our food is grown, made or care how it got to our mouth.

And by this point, your blood should be boiling. If yours isn't, mine is for you.

Moving on as I don't have time or space to write a book here :).

So, what can you do? Well, you can stop buying the below brands. These brands are directly or indirectly supported by Monsanto by using the seed they manufacture. When you buy/use these brands and products you are saying yes to GMOs, pesticides/herbicides and no to true sustainable agriculture. Please, please, please I beg you to be aware of what you buying/supporting and what you are putting in/on your body.

Here are some of the brands to stay away from (compiled in part from Organic Consumers, Food Inc, and other research).

  • Aunt Jemima
  • Quaker
  • Betty Crocker
  • General Mills
  • Bisquick
  • Duncan Hines
  • Hungry Jack
  • Jiffy
  • Ms. Butterworths
  • Pepperidge Farms
  • Campbells
  • Aurora Foods
  • Kraft/Phillip Morris
  • Post Cereals
  • Hershey's Nestle
  • Caranation
  • Holsum
  • Interstate Bakeries
  • Best Foods
  • Knorr
  • Kellogs
  • Nature Valley
  • Nabisco
  • Pillsbury
  • Heinz
  • Hellmans
  • Hunts
  • KC Masterpiece
  • Frito-lay/Pepsi (Gatorade)
  • Delicious brand cookies
  • Famous Amos
  • Keebler/Flowers Industries
  • Banquet
  • Green Giant
  • Healthy Choice
  • ConAgra
  • Kid Cuisine
  • Stouffers
  • Lean Cuisine
  • Marie Callenders
  • Ore-Ida
  • Smart Ones
  • Power Bar brands
  • Chef Boyardees
  • Hormel
  • Loma Linda
  • Morningstar
  • Lipton
  • Unilever
  • Uncle Ben's
  • Rice-a-roni/Pasta-roni
  • Tombstone Pizza
  • Totinos
  • Orville Redenbacher
  • Pop Secret
  • Pringles
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Coca Cola (Powerade)
  • Minute Made
  • Pepsi
  • Cadburry/Sweppes
  • Capri Sun
  • Kool-aid
  • Ocean Spray
  • V-8
  • Prego Pasta Sauce
  • Ragu Sauce
  • Basically, anything in a commercial supermarket. In Part 3 I'll share some brands that you can support. But the more I dig into this topic, the more I am seeing that much of our food is tainted with Monsanto and it disgusts me.

    Want to increase your chance of disease, cancer, poor health, obesity, a shorter life span for the next generation? Keep supporting Monsanto and you will achieve just that.

    If you want to live as disease-free as you can, support small family farms. Trace where your food/drink comes from. We can no longer sit back and take the lazy approach to this topic. Eat aware.

    Photo credit: Kevin Dooley