Our food has become saturated with preservatives, food dyes, chemical additives that we can not pronounce, artificial sweeteners, pesticides, herbicides and hormones just to name a few. Another bad food science experiment we are subjects of are GMO’s, genetically modified organisms. GMOs are the product of genetic engineering that merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes. They have not been proven to be safe and the long term impact on the environment is unknown. GMO crops are designed to resist weed killing chemicals, to produce a toxic pesticide to kill insects and to get a higher crop yield. One ramification of this has been the creation of super weeds and bugs which can no longer be killed by products like Roundup so even more toxic chemicals that are known to cause reproductive problems, birth defects and cancer are having to be used. More than 60 countries around the world do not consider GMOs to be safe and have restrictions or bans on their production. Our government does not even require GMO labeling on foods or for GMO foods to be tested for long term risks to animals or humans.
At least 80% of packaged foods sold in the U.S. contain GMO ingredients. The most commonly genetically engineered crops are corn, soy, sugar beets, cotton, canola, Hawaiian papaya, zucchini and yellow summer squash. Approximately 90-95% of corn, soybeans and sugar beets are genetically modified. You can protect yourself by buying USDA certified organic foods. If a product is not organic, look for foods labeled Non-GMO Project Verified. When reading food labels look for at risk ingredients: soybean oil, soy protein, soy lecithin, vegetable oil, corn oil, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, maltodextrin, canola, sugar from sugar beets, cottonseed oil. Vegetable oils such as soybean oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil and corn oil are highly processed products and are almost entirely genetically engineered. Animal products like milk, meat and eggs are also at risk due to contaminated feed so choose organic or local, pasture raised dairy and meat. Currently the Food and Drug Administration is making a decision regarding the approval of genetically modified salmon. This modification would manipulate their natural hormone production and result in them growing at twice the normal rate so they can get to market in half the amount of time. Where will it end? Protect yourself and look for these certifications:
Nicole Bobe ~ Registered Dietitian, Fitness Instructor