I subscribe to Organic Gardening and recently read an intriguing article in the August/September 2013 edition called Roundup Unready. The author, Jeff Cox, refers to a study done by two scientists, Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff (the senior research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory). The study these two scientists conducted reviewed 286 different studies on glyphosate, the active ingredient found in multiple brands of herbicides, namely Roundup. Their findings point to glyphosate as being the probable primary offender in what as known as the “diseases of civilization.”
These alleged “diseases of civilization” like Alzheimer’s disease, birth defects, cancer, obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, infertility, and a host of other ailments have increased at a disconcerting rate since the last third of the twentieth century.
Samsel and Seneff found that glyphosate inhibits cytochrome P45, which is a class of human enzymes. This is the same way glyphosate is used as a herbicide. Glyphosate inhibits plant enzymes, and plant enzymes spur on many different functions. When the functions are suppressed, the plant dies. Many seeds currently are “Roundup Ready”, meaning they have been genetically modified to resist being sprayed by Roundup, so the plant survives, but the weeds around it dies. Samsel and Seneff hypothesize that the same concept may be occurring in humans who consume food that has been sprayed with gylphosate, causing humans not to function fully.
More studies need to be conducted, but with these mammoth implications, there could be a possible world-wide ban on gylophosate. Keep your ears open.
So what are we doing? We are TRYING to grow more food, eat more local organic food, and increasing the amount of organic food we buy. WE are not 100% organic, but we are becoming more educated and trying to make good decisions based on the stewardship of our resources.
And with that said, onto menu ideas. Anyone else want to eat?
- French Toast, Egg-free, and Dairy-Free option
- Smoothies or Sorbets I just made the Cherry Banana Smoothie to make use of all of those cherries that are in season now.
- Scrambled Eggs
- Granola Cereal/packaged cereal
- Steel Cut Oats
- Sourdough Waffles with Easy 3 Ingredient No Cook Strawberry Blender Jam
- Tuna Lettuce Wraps
- PB Sandwiches with Easy 3 Ingredient No Cook Strawberry Blender Jam
- Nacho Salad, can serve with No-cheese Cheese or Raw Milk Cheese, with Salsa (still my first go-to lunch if we don’t have leftovers) and sometimes guacamole.
- Bean Burritos
- Crock-pot Yogurt
- Scrambled Eggs with lots of Sauteed Veggies
- Bruschetta Spaghetti-This is the first meal I plan to make for my sister as she just had her second child a few days ago, and she like bruschetta.
- “Baked” Potatoes in the Crock-Pot I made a ton of them a week ago and just have a few left that are going to make a great side.
- Homemade $0.61 Sourdough Bread-I’ve made the bread three times this week already.
- Salad with Lemony Vinaigrette
- Strawberry Spinach Chia Seed Salad, G-F, D-F This is one of my favorite summer go-to recipes for potlucks, as it comes together super quickly, is beautiful and tasty.
- Crock-pot Thai Peanut Sauce with Chicken and Rice
- Bean Burritos with Guacamole
- Crock-pot Lemon Roasted Chicken-I may be crock-potting some chicken for my sister so she will have leftovers and be able to add chicken to any dish.
- Rice or pasta with Spicy Ginger Sauce
- Lime Avocado Quinoa
- Dairy-Free Caesar Salad
- Crock-pot Sweet and Sour Chicken
- Crock-pot Drumsticks
- A Few Meals Out-Celebrating our 14th Anniversary!
SNACKS & DESSERT IDEAS:
- Stove Top Popcorn-This is my favorite after-night church snack. No Bake Cookie Bars, Dairy-Free-I can’t wait for my sister to try these, because I think she’ll fall in love with them.
- Healthified Crazy Fast Cake & Macadamia Nut Frosting- It’s also my sister’s birthday soon, so I may have the opportunity to bless her with some sweet treats.
- Homemade KIND Inspired Bars
- Apples and Bananas with Nut Butter-a family afternoon favorite
- 4 ingredients peanut butter granola bars and 4 ingredient almond butter granola bars ALWAYS!
- Double Chocolate Energy Bars-I will make these as power food for the new mommy.
Do you menu plan? What are you planning to make in the next couple of weeks? I’d love to hear!! See other menu plans here. Do you need some other culinary inspiration? Go here for the complete list of recipes.