Guess what? These are canned green beans, my Mom’s Easy Green Beans come from a can! Not like I spent all summer tending green beans in the garden then picking them and snapping the ends on my front porch, then hours in the kitchen with mason jars but like cans from the grocery store! And with the taste that people will rave about and swear they were cooked by your Great Great Grandma in her farmhouse kitchen and grown in her truck garden right out the back door!
I call these ‘Mom’s Easy Greenbeans’ because I remember learning how to make these from watching my Mom, but actually they are how my Grandma and Great Grandma cooked green beans! Although my Great Grandmas were probably actually grown in her garden, snapped on her front porch and canned in mason jars in her kitchen……but I digress!
Green beans are staple in this house so the other day when I realized we were out I added them to the grocery list. Walking down the aisles, maybe a little begrudgingly, because I hate grocery shopping, I got to the canned vegetable aisle and get ready to grab the green beans when it caught my eye……..that little symbol on the label that read “No Preservatives – NON GMO – Grown In The USA”
While this label is accurate – ALL green beans are non-GMO -this was a marketing tactic, a way to differentiate their product from other companies amongst all the other cans of green beans. That small circle is embracing almost everything a ‘mom’ wants to see on a label to feel like by choosing this brand she is giving her family the best there is to offer in green beans. By placing this symbol on the label it attracts attention to this brand, causes the consumer to stop and assume that brands without the non-GMO label must contain a genetically modified product or that there is an actual need to worry about products that contain GMO’s.
I personally knew there was not GMO green beans but to double check myself I went to GMO Answers and this is what I found:
A common misconception is that the produce aisle is full of GMOs. In reality, there are only nine GMO crops commercially available in the United States today (apples are approved and coming to market soon):
- Corn (field and sweet)
- Sugar beats
- Summer squash
We have the safest most abundant food supply in the world and that includes our GMO products. GMO and non-GMO products are grown on family farms just like mine – I am not only a producer but a consumer as well, I shop for my groceries and feed my family the same food that I grow for yours.
Do I think there is only one way to produce food to feed a growing world….NO! But I do think that modern production agriculture, that includes GMO’s and antibiotics, are needed to feed the mass majority of our growing population. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for non-GMO’s, organics, antibiotic free and other niche markets out there. There are people who want these things, can afford these things and choose to spend their food dollars on these speciality products but to insure that everyone is fed and every one is afforded their right to choose it will take all kinds.
There are a million different ways to farm, just like there are a million different ways to parent – no one way is right for every farmer to please every consumer, just like there is no single right way to parent for every child. That’s just one more reason living in a country with choice makes us lucky! The best way to feed your family is to be knowledgable, do your research, understand labels and respect others rights to feed their family the way they choose.
Here is a link to the Top 10 Consumer Questions About GMO’s, Answered…….check it out yourself, do your research, make your own decisions based on facts not by marketing tactics.
Mom’s Easy Green Beans
- 4 slices of bacon
- 2 cans of whole green beans
- onion or onion powder
- Cut bacon into pieces and fry in a pan. Once bacon is browned, pull it from the pan and set aside. Drain the water from the green beans and set water aside. Add green beans to hot pan with bacon grease, cook the green beans in the bacon grease for about 5 minutes, stirring. Add diced onion or a sprinkling of onion powder, now pour the reserved water from the cans into the pan and reduce heat. Keep warm on the stove until ready to serve.
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