By no means am I the expert on the subject of Health and Wellness or Diet and Nutrition. But, one thing that I do know is this… when everything was put here for us, God said it was good. People have been eating as long as there have been people.
Did you realize that we (people) are the only creatures on earth that eat because we WANT to and that every other creature eats because they NEED to. This insatiable desire for food has driven food producers to become creative in its methods for getting that food to our tables. One of the most controversial methods is GMO.
What is GMO? According to Wikipedia…
A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, insects, plants, fish, and mammals. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods, and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food.
In regular guy terms, GMO represents a science project… man-made food. They are genetically making corn, soy, sugar beets, cotton and many other products.
There are many problems with GMO. One of the biggest issues is that has been linked to CANCER. The second greatest issue is that THEY don’t want YOU to know what products have GMO in it. This goes back into my letter from yesterday. We need to read the labels on what we are buying!!! But, my follow-up question is this… Who is THEY?
Before I tell you who THEY is, can I tell where GMO came from? GMO came from a combined effort from our food growers and the companies that provide pesticides. The problems that growers face like bugs, weather and things like that were affecting their crop yields. Lower yields means less food which translates into higher prices. So, in order to keep the prices lower the pesticide companies created corn with the pesticide… INSIDE the corn!!! Then they turn around and spray pesticides on the crops as they grow to protect it from the OUTSIDE!!! Who wins? The pesticide companies… Who is THEY? The Pesticide companies, the growers AND our GOVERNMENT!!! Yes, I said it and I’ll say it again!!!! AND OUR GOVERNMENT!!!!
I am not going to go on a conspiracy theory rant but I’ll just ask a question or two. Who regulates what food gets produced in America? Who verifies that the food is safe for consumption and puts their stamp of approval on it? Who promotes dietary recommendations not only healthcare providers but every citizen including children? Who receives major funding from the pesticide companies and growers? The answer in every question is the United States Government.
Oh, I almost forgot the grand-daddy of them all… Who has positioned themselves to take over one of the few healthcare systems in the world that works?
There are 6 major pesticide makers. They are BASF, Bayer, Dow, Dupont, Monsanto, and Syngenta. The largest being Dupont and Monsanto. Here’s a quote from the Grist, “…all of the Big 6 either produce GMO seeds themselves, or pesticides that work in concert with the seeds, so they have the biggest vested interest in seeing GMO proliferation fly under the radar of most Americans.”
I don’t know if you have paid any attention to California and Proposition 37, which would have mandated labeling of genetically modified foods. Prop 37 did not pass but it was very close. Some companies that did NOT want Prop 37 to pass and financially supported their position will surprise many. And they include… Ocean Spray Cranberries, Hormel, J.M. Smucker, Hershey, Kellogg, Coca-Cola, Nestle and PepsiCo. This by no means is the full list but just some names that WE ALL have in our cupboards right now!!!
Now, that I’ve spoken about the problem. How do we fix it?
(1) Education is the key. Don’t take my word on anything that I’ve written. Look it up for yourself. How much is YOUR health worth to you? Take the time and learn about what you are putting inside your body. After we become educated then we need to take action.
(2) Read those labels. Look for things like high-fructose corn syrup, soy lechitin, etc. You will be shocked to find out where these products show up. They are everywhere!!! Even in a bunch of “healthy food brands” like Kashi, Gardenburger and Silk!
(3) Let these companies know that we won’t continue to support products that are KNOWN to kill us. The idea of a protest is enough to move these companies to change. A great example is where McDonald’s made 3 phone calls to major french fry producers to stop biotech potatoes in the US and Canada. McDonald’s did want their name damaged. So, they made a stand.
We carry more power than we know. We don’t have to just accept unhealthy diets filled with unhealthy food leading to obesity, sickness and death. I want you to live your FULL days!!! We can change the world!!!
I love you ALL!!!
Looking at life expectancy, from the Neanderthals thru the Bronze Age thru the Middle Ages (some 50,000 years)… the average life expectancy for the average person that lived past 3 years old was about 45 years. In the Middle Ages, if you were a part of the royal house then you could expect to live up to 48 or 51 years, respectively. Between 1600 – 1900, the average royal life expectancy rose to an average of 62 years. From 1900-2001, the average life expectancy rose in America from 54 to 82 years old. The primary reason that I put this information in is so that we can see how blessed we truly are… to live as long as we do.
The primary reason that we live longer lives is because of advancements in medical treatment and healthcare. Quite honestly, the doctors of today have great tools at their disposal and they have had thousands of years of practice :-) Thank God for Doctors!!!