Genetically Modified Foods – Understanding the dangers

Genetically Modified Foods
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Genetically modified foods

Know Your GMOs!  aka Genetically Modified Foods

The Ugly: I’m going to begin and end with the ugly, because that is what genetically modified foods are. (IMHO)  Please read this entire article, facts you should know. Let me give you the ‘reader’s digest’ version of the Ugly about genetically modified foods. GMOs are slowly making us sick and yes- killing us.  Below I have posted a documentary that will give you the full picture.  Essentially, GMO seeds are infused with poison (the same poison as in Round-up, the terrific stuff that kills weeds dead).  When a bug eats corn for instance, the bug eats the corn and his stomach explodes and it dies. WE ARE EATING the SAME CORN.  The Cows the You EAT are being Fed the same GMO- Poisoned- corn. Get the picture?? You may have heard the term ‘Round-up Corn‘. Now you know what it is.

The ‘Good’: GMO is short for Genetically Modified Organisms.  Genetically modified foods is what we are talking about here today. A GMO plant has been genetically altered and is most often found in crops such as corn, soybeans, cotton and canola.  The plants are modified using genetic engineering techniques. The main purpose for this is to resist herbicides.  The benefit is for farmers,  for less work so more crops can be harvested. There is Nothing ‘Good’ to those of us eating these foods. The Bad: One major problem with GMOs is that once planted, they run the risk of contaminating other crops planted nearby.  This is called ‘Genetic Pollution’. Up to 80% of organic farmers in the Midwest (where there are millions of acres of GM corn and soybean crops)  reported genetically modified foods planted in the area bring GMOs to fields where they are not wanted.  Winds and water runoff are full of seeds and easily plant themselves into their organic farmland and produce unwanted genetically modified food plants.  Often the farmers don’t know this has happened.

More Bad: Congress gave the FDA the authority to regulate non-meat foods.  Meat safety is at USDA.  FDA and USDA are not going to be combined into a new food safety agency. FDA has too much to do with too little money and it faces budget cuts unless Congress fixes things.   The FDA addressed the outcry by folks for labeling. FDA does not label, unless mandated by Congress (like the Nutrition Facts)  for information that they think  important to the public to know. As for GMOs, the FDA ruled that there was no scientific difference between GMO and non-GMO foods. Therefore, there was no need for labeling. You can argue the facts, you can argue the law, but the Courts have upheld FDA’s ability to make these decisions.  Is public comment rule-making perfect?  No. Does everyone have a right to be heard? Yes.  Does everyone agree with FDA? Never, but life goes on and the agency regulates, too much for some, too little for others .  Should we be mad as hell?  You bet we should. Read on- there’s hope! genetically modified foods

Genetically Modified Foods Labeling Program

From a recent NY Times article: ‘Genetic Changes to Food May Get Uniform Labeling’.   Executives from Pepsi-Co  Con-Agra and about 20 other major food companies, as well as Wal-Mart and advocacy groups that favor labeling, attended a meeting in January in Washington.  The results have brought about actions  in Washington State, Connecticut, Vermont, New Mexico and Missouri, and a growing consumer boycott of some organic or “natural” brands owned by major food companies.  Roughly 20 states are considering labeling requirements. Regardless of any legal *requirement*,  if a consumer wants to know the origin of their food, they should not have to fight for the info.  If Stevie Wonder decides he wants to wear blue, but his assistant thinks it doesn’t matter since he can’t see the difference anyway, doesn’t Mr. Wonder still have the right to be dressed in the color of his choice? Go to the website below, watch the info and sign the petition. The Ugly. The VERY Ugly. As it stands right now there is not enough NON Genetically modified foods to feed the nation.  Monsanto’s patent on seeds and their mafia tactics in taking out organic farmers would be responsible for not enough non-GMO supply, and they should be accountable for the crime of that. To learn the role that  Monsanto has in all of this genetically modified foods subject,  please visit Never-Before-Seen-Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.

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Salt Sugar Fat | Michael Moss_ New Book Review

Salt Sugar Fat
How the Food Giants Hook Us
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A Review of Salt Sugar Fat

Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Michael Moss (at The New York Times) delivers the explosive story of the processed food industry and its connection to this country’s obesity epidemic. Moss reveals how companies use salt sugar fat to addict us and exposes the competitive nature of the corporations over their concern for health.

In 1999 the heads of the largest processed food companies—from Coca-Cola to Kellogg’s—met at Pillsbury for a secret meeting. On their roster: the rising epidemic of obesity, and what to do about it.

Time and time again, the salt sugar fat filled foods these companies produce were being linked to obesity. A troubled Kraft executive issued a warning from the podium: There would be a “day of reckoning” unless these companies made changes. He then propelled  into a fault-finding 114 slide PowerPoint presentation—illustrating that processed food companies could no longer afford to stand around and do nothing as adults and children grew sick and law suits lurked. Refusing to acknowledge the problem, he said, is to “court disaster”. Salt sugar fat was slowly killing  Americans.

The clearly annoyed CEO of General Mills—(the most powerful person there) spoke when the Kraft exec ended his talk.
And so ended the meeting.

What has the processed food industry done about Salt Sugar Fat

The situation has only declined since that day in 1999. The processed food industry has a win-no-matter-what mindset.  The average American eats 33 pounds of cheese a year and more than 70 pounds of sugar- not including the high fructose corn syrup in most all processed foods. We eat double the amount of salt daily that we need. It all comes from processed food. This is the main reason why 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 5 kids is clinically obese. No wonder 26 million Americans are diabetic. The processed food industry in the U.S. is a 1 trillion dollar a year business. This health crisis is approaching a cost $300 billion a year and thousands of lives.

In Salt Sugar Fat  Michael Moss shows how we got to this point. Giving examples from the most popular companies and favorite brands of the last 50 years—including Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Kellogg, Nestlé, Oreos, Cargill, Capri Sun, and lots more—Moss’s bombshell  is based on detailed, staggering research.

Michael Moss brings us inside the laboratories where food scientists use state-of-the-art technology to calculate the “bliss point” of sugar laden drinks.  How they enhance the “mouthfeel” of fat by modifying its chemical structure.  Moss unveils marketing campaigns designed to lower concerns about the health risks of their ‘foods’: headlining as “fat-free” or “low-salt.” He interviews troubled executives who confess that they could never make healthy alternatives to their ‘foods’. Simply put: The industry itself would die without salt sugar fat.

The companies call their biggest customers “heavy users” and they are are addicted to this seductive trio – salt sugar fat- well…so  are the companies that solicit them.

Read this book-You will never look at a nutrition label in the same way again.

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