The Frankenstein of Food
Doctor Frankenstein created a monster …and so has the factory farm paradigm of today. Since so many of us have become aware that the chemical herbicides and pesticides sprayed on crops to keep away bugs and bacteria are hazardous to ingest, genetic engineering has become the modern way to “naturally” combat pests in the fields.
This process alters the genetic makeup of various types of foods so that they ultimately produce their own herbicides and become insect-resistant, no longer requiring the use of harmful chemicals. Also, genetically modifying food allows for an enhanced taste and look as well as a reduced spoilage rate.
GM tomatoes are bright red, plump, and stay fresh for weeks. GM apples are shiny, perfectly shaped, and …well, the evil witch from Sleeping Beauty might as well be holding it in her hand because the truth is that genetically modified foods are poison!
In 1992, he Food and Drug Administration declared that GM foods are “not inherently dangerous” and do not require regulation. However, this process has not been in production long enough to know the exact effects that consuming genetically altered foods will have on the human body. But the negative results from studies done on rats provide us with a hint.
Whether you buy into the results of any of the rats/mice studies that are done to test anything in question, genetically modified food is not natural food. Since the genes of the animal, plant, or herb is altered so that its molecular structure contains something it does not inherently (or naturally) possess, it is certainly not something that I want to eat.
While there have been no newspaper headlines claiming, “GM Foods Cause Cancer,” there are no definitive backings that it is not at all harmful in one way or another. I don’t know about you, but I would rather avoid GM foods than take my chances. Except that’s the funny part, labeling of genetically modified versions of foods is not mandatory in the United States. The FDA requires that all packages contain a label that specifically lists every single ingredient, but doesn’t deem it necessary to alert consumers that the most important ingredient in some foods (the genes) has been altered.
The only way to be sure to avoid genetically modified foods is to buy organic. So there it is: just one more reason to support organic farming methods.
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About the author
A wise man once said, “Everything in moderation.” Chelsea, being the wiser woman that she is, says, “...not everything.” She is a true believer in living and leading an all-natural lifestyle. Along with her desire for all things natural, she has a passion for the art of writing, which began with writing for the high school newspaper.
Rediscovered while interning for a non-profit organization through blogging for the company website and writing feature articles for the community newsletter, she now combines her two passions to discuss alternative health topics hoping to lift the veil that currently blinds most people today about what is truly harmful versus what is truly healthy.