Tuesday, February 7, 2012

You’re eating engineered food, but you don’t know it

             Experimental food. Food that has been engineered to produce its own pesticides. Food that isn’t labeled as containing genetically engineered ingredients and, since it’s a new thing, we humans have no idea what the long term effects on our own health will be. Welcome to the 21st century food supply!
 I’ve known about and tried to avoid GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) for years, but lately have done some more reading and gotten riled up all over again because of how prevalent these ingredients are in our broken food chain.
In a statement from the Center for Food Safety, most Americans say they wouldn’t eat food containing GMO’s if it was labeled. But neither the US or Canada, unlike most industrialized countries, require foods containing GMO’s to be labeled at all. That’s messed up. We have a right to know what we’re consuming. And if you’re buying and consuming commercial brands of cereal, conventional milk, factory farmed meat, soy, and on and on, you’re consuming genetically engineered food.
One of the biggest biotech conglomerates engineering these genetically modified crops and seeds is the one that makes toxic Round-Up. This is what the agribusiness is now—huge conglomerates making chemicals and supplying engineered crops to the masses.
This is what I hate about food shopping. I have to examine every freaking ingredient label for what I want to avoid. High Fructose Corn Syrup? That’s GMO corn. Nope. Milk containing rBST or rBGH? That’s genetically engineered hormones to make cows produce more milk. Nope. Factory farmed meat? Those animals have been fattened with GMO corn, which is most certainly not their natural diet. Nope.
I’m losing my appetite just thinking about grocery shopping.
Here are the ‘Big Four’ common GMO ingredients to avoid: Corn, Soy, Canola, and Cottonseed oil. Be aware and concerned about our food supply.
For more info, check out:
Organicconsumers.org—Links to articles and calls to action
Truefoodnow.org—A Shopper’s Guide—great reference for brands to look for and brands to avoid.

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