Most of us are starting to hear a lot of talk in the news regarding GMO’s and the fight between the consumers and government, that food labelling (a body called the FDA) is being misrepresented. If you want to know: GMO’s are the genetic make-up of natural products being deconstructed in laboratories and artificially manipulated, treating it like selective breeding with no end to the worries of those who want to know exactly how their food is grown and provided. Scientific research shows additives, that show up in almost every food not marked as organic, cause us endless damage either in cancer causing or behaviourally defective ways.
The problem? Well, large companies can produce mass amounts of food, that have a longer shelf life, at a cheaper cost – that’s the incentive. Why are additives like; sodium nitrate (used to preserve and brighten the colour of lunch meats and linked to carcinogenic effects in humans), classed with many others as acceptable? The FDA has come under fire in recent years that it relies on the very companies that it is supposed to be regulating. The outcome? A political roundabout in which the basic consumer is lied to and has absolutely no governing body protecting them…so you either have to be a toxicologist, or start taking it seriously.
A movement of companies that identify and want to take control over this growing concern have formulated in the past 5 years; The Honest Co, Thrive Market & many more boast raw, vegan and GMO free products for families and children.
In the US today, only 11 additives have been banned or restricted, while in Europe over 3,000 have been removed from our food production. GMO’s (Genetically modified organisms) are now going through congress in the USA to prevent them being sold to consumers, which they failed to pass.
The alarming concern is that, if it’s not a concern or interest to the government, who is standing up to the public’s right to transparency in their food labelling? What hope is there if they rely on the companies who produce these cheap, mass “foods”? I recently read an article called, “Pesticides In Paradise” by The Guardian, regarding crops that have been found near schools and locally in Hawaii to have 17 times more pesticides than in the US, and with worries about birth defects rising in Hawaii, residents have been protesting. What a criminal act to disguise what is being sold, simply because it shouldn’t be, the quality of peoples lives is in the hands of those supplying your nutrient intake…why should it be, I ask?
When you get down to thinking how much of your current and past diet has been salad dressings, toast & even the milk you drink…it starts to add up.