Utter Deception In The Food We Eat

timwilliams By timwilliams, 9th Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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How genetically modified food is steadily creeping into our diets.

Utter Deception In The Food We Eat

You may not want to eat genetically engineered foods but chances are, we are eating them anyway. Genetically modified plants grown from seeds engineered in labs now provide much of the food we eat. Most of the corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States have been genetically modified to resist pesticides or insects. To top it off corn and soy are the most common food ingredients. The Agriculture Department has approved three more genetically engineered crops in the past month, and the Food and Drug Administration could approve fast-growing genetically modified salmon for human consumption this year. With the latest lab created hamburger could it be a sign of things to come?

The biggest issue is that our government and the large biotech corporations have purposely withheld vital information concerning the dangers of genetically modified foods from the mainstream media and outside of the publics awareness. Contrary to what is now being considered the greatest answer to combating Global Hunger Genetically Modified foods actually don't. What's worse is that these food sources that have been modified pose more health concerns than previously reported and our publics safety is in serious jeopardy because we are being inundated with these types of food in virtually every thing we buy at the grocery store.

Agribusiness and the seed companies say their products help boost crop production, lower prices at the grocery store and feed the world, particularly in developing countries. The FDA and USDA say the engineered foods they've approved are safe so safe, they don't even need to be labeled as such and can't be significantly distinguished from conventional varieties. This is only the tip of the iceberg in the scope of the reality of how far our own government and large corporations are going to to deny any aspect of the dangers of genetically modified food whether it is in the feed for animals or in the product themselves. When in the United States some farmers have come out in saying that thousands of pigs, cows, or bulls all experienced severe reproductive complications and even hundreds have died after consuming feed that was composed of GM corn. In India, most of the buffalo that ate GM cottonseed experienced the same type of reproductive complications and died as a result of GM feed. As a little known footnote in the United States population is the incidence of low both weight babies, infant mortality, and infertility are all escalating which coincides with the increasing GM food intake among the population.

The Genetically Modified proteins produced in GM soy, corn, wheat, etc even papayas all have properties of known allergens and actually fail the allergy screening protocol recommended by the World Health Organization. Creating GMO will introduce new allergies and elevate existing ones. Both GM soy and corn contain new unintended allergenic proteins and GM soy has as much as seven times higher levels of a natural soy allergen. Herbicide tolerant GM crops have considerably more residues of toxic herbicides which provokes more allergic reactions. This also triggers the immune system to be compromised not only in animals that feed on GM soy or corn but in humans as well.

Organic food companies, chefs and consumer groups have all stepped up their efforts, so far, unsuccessfully, to get the government to exercise more oversight of engineered foods, arguing the seeds are floating from field to field and contaminating pure crops. The groups have been bolstered by a growing network of consumers who are wary of processed and modified foods. Many of these opponents acknowledge that there isn't much solid evidence showing genetically modified foods are somehow dangerous or unhealthy. It just doesn't seem right, they say. It's an ethical issue. "If you mess with nature there's a side effect somewhere," says George Siemon, CEO of Organic Valley, the nation's largest organic farming cooperative, which had more than $600 million in sales last year. "There is a growing awareness that our system makes us all guinea pigs of sorts." What is so disturbing is that our own government and the large biotech firms remain steadfast in their assertion that GM food is the "Godsend" in fighting hunger. This is in light of the facts that are proving the dangers of GM foods to both animals and humans is becoming to conclusive to deny any longer.

Deceptive in almost every way our glorious food. The food we eat, and take for granted that the supply will always be available in our supermarkets is not what we think it is. That being wholesome, beneficial, and nutritious for our consumption. The general public is being and has been deceived about what we eat. today. Gone are the days of the rural farmers where their crops were immediately disbursed into the neighborhood communities for immediate sale. Today the whole food industry is being run by big conglomerates and the corporate farms have long since replaced the individual farmer. To exemplify what has taken place in the production of food let's take a look at what is actually in a box of Special K cereal. There is Wheat Gluten, Salt, High Fructose, Corn syrup, Rice, Malt flavoring, Sugar etc. Now the ingredients that are in a box of Chicken Helper. We have Wheat Flour, Niacin, Corn Starch, Monosodium Glutamate, Sodium Phosphate, etc. All of these are a direct result of Genetically Modified methods. This is just a small sample of what we eat every day. What has transpired in the last 25 years in the production of our food has a direct impact of the rate of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and a whole other assortment of other ailments and illnesses that are affecting our population.

In almost every thing we eat either has added fructose, corn syrup of some other artificial preservative that has caused our health care industry and businesses billions of dollars of lost time and production due to the huge volume of medical effects of what is put into our food supply. Years ago we could always count on what we ate as the actual product without the added preservatives. The beef we ate was grazed and the dairy products were always fresh. In fact most everything that was consumed by the general public was more nutritious in every aspect. With the advent of the corporate farms the soil that supports our crops have been depleted of the nutrients that are so necessary for any crop to produce the healthful benefits that are so necessary for overall health and nutrition . The soil must be given time to replenish the nutrients that are consumed by growing crops, which hasn't been done for the past 20 years or more. This is one of the biggest factors in the escalating rate of health related illnesses. The lack of proper nutrition in our food supply.

The population of the United States can no longer afford or relay on the current method the way our food industry processes the food supply. It is time our own government acknowledges the hard truth that GM of our food is undermining the health and safety of our population. Change is most urgently needed if we are to regain our health and stave off financial disaster due to the rising costs of the health concerns that are a direct link to our food supply, consumption and production. Education is crucial is detailing what is actually in the food we eat. It starts with the knowledge of what is beneficial for us not just some ingredient that are inscribed on the boxes of cereal or other food source. Every person has to take some responsibility for their own health and enlighten themselves of the benefits of the right choices of nutrition, exercise, and illness prevention to maintain a healthy and productive lifestyle.

The FDA, major biotech corporations and corporate farmers all have to find ways to restore the natural balance of the soil for healthy crops, restore the feeding of our beef and livestock, to one of what is healthy for our consumption and stop the madness of genetically modifying any food source. Not the current way where this industry uses every unhealthy practice and food source for the sole purpose to increase profits at the expense of the health of the population. It is vital that we start to change immediately: To wait any longer is catastrophic for the future of the United States.

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Food, Food And Health, Food Nutrition

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I am a feature writer for The Tampa Bay Examiner and The American chronicle. Earned Ph.D in Economics

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
9th Aug 2013 (#)

A very interesting read. Lots of information on the foods we eat. Thanks for the share.

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author avatar Jeannie Meredith
9th Aug 2013 (#)

I am so vigilant on this subject, and I applaud you for sharing and informing the world... :)

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
11th Aug 2013 (#)

Interesting article.Mass production,the demand is high and the producers are getting greedy and the consumer is faced with poor quality foods.

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