What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Please don’t tell me that Genetically Modified (Organisms), GMO, food is bad for me. This would include many wheat, corn and soy products and their byproducts produced in the US. After all, Monsanto, the primary producer of GMO plants assures us that their food is safe. Yet there don’t seem to be many studies out there supporting that.

At one time, cigarettes were considered healthy- even promoted by doctors. Sodas were deemed as OK, but now deemed as one contributor toward our growing obesity problem.

As it turns out, there are animal studies out there linking GMOs to inflammation and allergies:  http://earthopensource.org/files/pdfs/GMO_Myths_and_Truths/GMO_Myths_and_Truths_1.3b.pdf   

The debate goes on. Apparently, our government didn’t require any research around the health and safety of GMOs so the research is minimal. Basically, GMOs are “innocent until proven guilty”. How much proof will we need before we actually do something in the United States? Some countries around the world are concerned enought to have taken action to ban GMOs: http://www.organicconsumers.org/gefood/countrieswithbans.cfm

In the meantime, I agree with Deborah Strauss that GMO food should be considered unsafe until proven otherwise. http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/should-consumers-be-worried-about-genetically-modified-food/until-proven-otherwise-gmos-arent-safe

I support adding GMO information to our food labeling, just like we do for trans fats (Right! We thought those were healthy too!) and other information on our labels. I want the knowledge so I can choose to eat food with GMO or not. Don’t you?Image



About Rachael Gilchrist

I am passionate about food and nutrition. I am an educator and a Nutritional Therapist. I love to cook and believe that everyone should be able to enjoy eating no matter what their sensitivities around food may be. Food is as an integral part of our culture and bringing people and community together. It's meant to enjoyed. If I can play a small part in helping others feel more comfortable with their food sensitivities and keep them connected to others, then I've accomplished my purpose in this blog.
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1 Response to What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

  1. debbie98055 says:

    Yep, kind of weird that they don’t want to label it if it’s so harmless 🙂

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