Many of us are waking up to the reality that while our food may look the same it’s certainly not, and it’s done so without us knowing. The introduction of GMOs, or genetically engineered organisms, patented in the 1980’s has quietly found their way into many of our foods.
So what’s the big deal and why should these products be labeled? Perhaps these five key points can shed a little light:
Key Point #1
These ingredients are so unprecedented that the Environmental Protection Agency now regulates genetically engineered corn as a pesticide. Before GMOs, insecticide was sprayed on corn and could be washed off. With the introduction of GMOs, corn is engineered to produce its own insecticide. Why label? If you had a choice between the two kinds of corn, one that is regulated as a food and the other regulated as a pesticide, which would you choose?
Key Point #2
The (FDA) Food and Drug Administration say these foods look, taste, and smell the same, that they are “substantially equivalent,” but the United States Patent and Trademark Office says they are substantially different, with GMOs being so unique that the office has granted patents to the chemical companies that invented them. Not unlike computers saying Intel Inside, we now have foods with GMO’s Inside.
Key Point #3
Chemical companies engineered food crops like sugar beets, soy and corn to withstand increasing doses of their chemicals. It’s an ingenious business move if you’re selling chemicals. But, while shareholder boast about the remarkable impact it had on the bottom line of weed killer and other chemical products, the NCI (National Cancer Institute) is telling us, especially those of us with kids, to reduce our exposure to these very same chemicals. Wouldn’t you like to know which crops have been saturated?
Key Point #4
Sixty-four countries around the world label these ingredients. A partial list includes every country in the European Union, Japan, Australia, and even Russia, India, and China.
Key Point #5
More than 20 countries around the world flat out banned GMOs and didn’t introduce them at all. The reasons vary, from no long-term human health studies to no prenatal studies and concerns over everything from cancer to allergies.
I believe is it should be a company’s obligation and duty to keep us informed, not dismiss labeling efforts. Labels would bring liability, traceability, and accountability. You see, labels give us a better perspective of the products we’re purchasing and this truly matters, especially in light of the escalating rates of allergies, autism, diabetes, and pediatric cancers.
What are your thoughts?
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ABOUT TONY BEDNAROWSKI
“Our body is biology not math. That’s why when I hear things like a “calorie is a calorie” or it’s all about “calories in vs. calories out” I shake my head knowing that the human body is much more complex than a simple math equation”. — Coach Tony
Tony’s introduction into the world of health and fitness began in the summer of 1969 at the very early age of 8. He says “I can remember (like it was yesterday) picking up my first copy of Joe Weider’s Muscle Builder magazine, which is now known as Muscle & Fitness” and being completely enthralled by muscles. “I would literally fantasize about having muscles like the men in that magazine”. As he journeyed through life, those thoughts never left his mind. This was Tony’s beginning of what would become a lifelong journey into the world of fitness and nutrition.
Over the following four decades Tony has spent his time in the health and fitness industry as a competitive athlete, trainer, nutrition coach, educator, speaker, publisher and author.
In his competitive years, Tony became fascinated, biologically, with how nutrition and the foods we consumed had a profound effect on performance, body composition and over-all blood chemistry, as well as, state of mind. “These laws governed by the food /body relationship were completely different from what I had been taught about conventional mainstream nutrition”.
Over the past 30 years Tony has devoted his time to educating, coaching and mentoring people to take charge of their own health’s destiny.
He says “As we continue to listen to outdated nutritional advice, it’s clearly evident that our approach has completely missed the mark proven by the fact that society is getting bigger and sicker as a result, not leaner and healthier”.
Tony has been a dedicated writer, blogger and educator, and has spent time writing for several publications and national websites as a health advocate on topics including nutrition, fitness, chronic disease prevention and personal
Coach Tony – CNS, CMT