Interest is rising again about the quality of our food. GMO means genetically modified organism which uses bacteria to modify plant genes. Proponents say GMO foods will help feed the world as they can be genetically changed to resist drought and plant pests. But in the future how will GMO foods fair? The pros for use of these foods seem to outweigh the cons, but the real issue is that we do not know how these engineered foods will affect future health. To date studies on the negative have been few. After all big agri-businesses would not care to fund that type of study.
As the issue evolves, I feel as consumers we need to take a stand and choose non -GMO foods. Jeffery Smith wrote “Seeds of Deception”. His eye opening book includes the association of genetically modified foods to high allergy rates in various countries including the U.S. An allergy represents the body’s talk saying “this is a foreign food I don’t recognize”.
An article posted in Tech April 2010 reports Dr Alexei Surov, a Russian biologist describing the results of a genetically modified soy study with hamsters. The animals were fed the modified soy for 2 years and by the third generation, most of the hamsters lost the ability to reproduce offspring or they had a high mortality rate. Read study:
What foods are GMO? There-in lies the problem; many foods are not labeled which ingredients are GMO .
Here are tips on what to do:
1. Eat locally and organically grown or sustainably grown fruits and vegetables.
2. Buy dairy products and eggs from farms you know. What are their growing practices? How do they care for the animals?
3. Purchase your meats from a reliable source. Know your farmer. What kind of feed (GMO or non-GMO corn/soy) are given to animals we consume? It is okay to ask questions of the staff in the meat department.
3. Avoid most packaged foods; 80% of prepackaged and processed foods are GMO. Read all labels!
Dr. Oz supports non-GMO foods consumption. People want to know the truth about the food quality. Watch this short video.
Health is our individual responsibility. What ever you are eating affects you, so make the highest and best choices you can possibly find. Michael Pollen writes in Food Rules, that we need to consume quality foods and pay a little more. Food manufacturers have been producing cheaper and lower quality foods to realize greater corporate profit, all at consumer expense. In the US, we spend 10-15% of our income on food. This is actually one of the lowest ratios for most western countries. Putting quality foods into our bodies is a healthy good idea.
The FDA and the Federal government do not have our best health interest in mind or we would not be in the precarious situation we find ourselves in now.