Can we trust our food?

Can we trust our food?

 

I’m angry about the safety of our food supply.  Are you angry?  I’ve been asked to compile a list of references that expose the reasons why we shouldn’t consume processed and packaged foods unless they are 100% organic.  This is my first installment… (see my Facebook page for future updates.)

 

This post will focus on Genetically Modified food.  GMOs are the primary reason why we should not consume processed and packaged foods, including commercially raised meats and poultry from the grocery store.  What’s left to buy at the grocery store?  Not much, that’s why I shop at farmer’s markets and natural foods stores.

 

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about GMOs from the scientific researchers and physicians in the medical community whom I trust.

 

Here is the definition of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) from Wikipedia:  “GMO is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes.”

 

Here is a great 5 minute You Tube video from the TEDx conference – the presentation is by an 11 year old who was greatly disappointed when he completed a project for school where he researched the U.S. food supply.  He did not like what he found!

 

GMOs have been in the media a lot lately and consumers are complaining that foods manufactured with GMOs are causing wide spread health problems.  There is a substantial increase in food allergies in kids.  What’s more alarming is food safety tests are inadequate to protect public health.  The government is moving slowly because large U.S. corporations produce these GMO crops.

 

GMO crops were developed to withstand pesticide and herbicide spraying and also to increase crop yields.  We have been eating GMO foods for more than 20 years, and it has been very prevalent the last ten.  But what’s worse is livestock and poultry consume many more tons of GMO feed than we do and this stuff lives in the flesh of these animals that we eat.

 

I’m not opposed to eating meat.  But I am opposed to eating meat from large commercial operations, which basically is all of the meat in grocery stores.  If we choose to eat meat we should buy from local organic sources. 

Here are two local sources for beef Meadow Brook Farm and Meadow Mountain Farm  For more Lehigh Valley sources go to: Buy Fresh Buy Local.

 

I’ve taken a few high school and college biology courses in my time, and I understand basic biology.  It makes sense to me that if you are altering the basic cellular structure of a corn or wheat plant, our body no longer recognizes it as corn or wheat.  It is a foreign substance and our body is going to reject it.  I understand now why there are more children with allergies, ADHD and autism.  I understand why we have more pain and inflammation and higher cancer rates.  We are eating stuff that we believe is food, but is really NOT food.  It was created in a laboratory and processed to give it a long shelf life.  It simply goes against nature.

 

To get the latest on GMO medical studies, government action, and consumer activism go here.

 

The Organic Authority says, “The bottom line is that genetically modified organisms have not been proven in any way to be safe, and most of the studies are actually leaning the other direction, which is why many of the world’s countries (i.e. Europe) have banned these items whose DNA has been genetically engineered. In America, they aren’t even labeled, much less banned, so the majority of the populace has no idea that they are eating lab-created DNA on a daily basis.”

 

The largest GMO crops are: soybean, corn, canola, rice, and cotton seed oil.  A recent study says that at least 70% of packaged products contain GMO ingredients.  That makes sense since 93% of U.S. canola, soy, and cottonseed oil crops are GMO, and 86% of U.S. corn crops are genetically modified as well. 

 

This PBS publication provides insight from both sides of the GMO argument and is a good read.

 

If you do buy packaged products, make sure the label clearly reads 100% organic and should be certified by the USDA or QAI.  If it is labeled “contains organic ingredients” or “made with organic grains,” it is not 100% organic and may contain GMOs and other additives.

 

In fact, we should disregard food labels because they are too misleading.  Today major lawsuits were announced regarding food labeling you can read the quick story here from ABC news

 

I’ll be posting to my Facebook page in the days ahead more links to stories concerning the safety of our food supply.  I don’t like to deliver bad news, so I’ll end on a positive note.  If we follow a plant-based diet and consume a minimum of 90% of our total calories from whole food, plant-based sources, we can protect ourselves from the diseases resulting from what I’ll call the “complicated contamination of our food.”