Eating Raw While In College (And After!)

Eating Raw While In College (And After!)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Genetically Modified Food: Godsend- or Frankenfood?

Have you ever noticed while in the supermarket how perfectly colored, ideally shaped, or surprisingly large the fruits and veggies are that you are buying? You have possibly noticed this in many other foods too, for instance, how is it that each fish you see in the deli is has almost the same color scheme, size and, somehow, the same abnormal freckle-shape in the exact same spot? What ever happened to plain old fashioned food? Isnt food supposed to be to be grown, not crafted to someone's idea of the ideal? Where is all the genetic diversity? How is this a good thing? Who does it benefit?  Are we really helping things, or are we just making things worse for us in the long run? 
The biggest reason as to why the government instigated the use of genetically modified foods is because, according to them, we would otherwise run out of food and not be able to support the number of people in our world. Thus America, operating under this belief, began to genetically modify foods in the 60's. Since then, most of the corn, soybeans, cotton, sugar, sugar beets and canola in the U.S. has been genetically modified. Unknown to most, this also means that common ingredients derived from this foods, such as corn syrup, soy lecithin, sugar, and vegetable and cottonseed oils are very genetically modified as well. In my college biology class we learned high-fructose corn syrup, a main sweetener in almost everything, is an artificial sweetener made by chemically treating sugars extracted from corn. The process of making it goes as follows: 1) the starch from genetically modified corn is extracted and is processed to make 2) glucose which is then synthetically converted to 3) fructose which is then sold and further processed into common products such as soda, Yoplait yogurt, 100 calorie packs, Powerade, Ketchup, Capri Sun's, Nutri-Grain products, peanut butter etc. In fact, according to California's Department of Food and Agriculture, 70% of all processed foods in American supermarkets now contain GMOs, though no one is required to label them.
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 It is interesting to note that almost every generically packaged food available on the market, especially in the U.S., contains genetically modified ingredients unless it specifically says on the packaging that it does not. It is also interesting to note that while almost every country on the North and South American continents permit and promote genetically modified foods, many European countries refuse to do so. In fact, the European Union has suspended the introduction of new genetically modified (GM) crops and has considered banning the import of all GM products altogether. In the U.S. and multiple other countries, the GM foods movement has crept forward quietly enough that the general populous does not know/is not educated enough to care about the effect it has on many local and global aspects of our world. 
A controversy exists about the labeling of genetically modified foods, due to the fact that nearly every box of cereal, every pre-packaged food, every restaurant (whether fast food or otherwise), and nearly every food produced in the U.S. contains genetically modified organisms. Even the cotton in most of our shirts is genetically modified! However, many people ignorantly believe genetically modified foods do not harm or impact humans and/or the environment enough to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Fortunately people are awakening to the prominence of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in nearly every food, and are seeing and feeling the impact of them in the world and in their own bodies. 
As more people begin to separate themselves from mainstream foods, or the Standard American Diet (SAD), people are beginning to realize that our bodies don't need to ever get sick, that it is actually quite a natural thing to have a clear head, abundant energy, a healthy heart rate, clear skin, a full head of vibrantly colored hair (at any age) and the ability to thrive with health, energy and happiness in any stage of life. We don't need to genetically modify our foods for optimum nutrition because Mother Earth is smart enough to do that, naturally, by herself. We can all take charge of our own personal health in our lives, instead of relying on doctors and science to have all the solutions and quick fixes, allowing someone else to delegate what we put into our bodies, and blindly believing someone else's research, advertisements, and claims as to which things will bring us their idea of prosperity and health. 
It is time to take initiative and become personally sovereign for our own choices and our own bodies. It is very feasible for us to figure things out for ourselves, listen to our own bodies and intuitions in order to feel what our bodies really need for optimum personal and global nutrition rather than being content to depend upon information relayed to us by others. 

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