Thank you so very much to everyone that commented on my last post about natural vs. organic. It makes me happy to know that there are so many people interested in this topic, as overwhelming as it is.
I was just reading this article from the Center for Food Safety about how the FDA is about to decide on whether or not to allow another type of pesticide-resistant corn to be produced and grown in the US. This time by Dow Chemical (rather than Monsanto). This corn would be genetically engineered to withstand applications of the toxic herbicide 2,4-D (also known as one of the ingredients in Agent Orange). Gross!
Without getting too deep into the research on all of this, let me break it down as to why this makes me so mad.
* Chemical giant Monsanto (creator of Round-up) decides to make genetically modified corn that can withstand repeated applications of toxic pesticide (Round-Up). So, now Monsanto owns the patent to the food AND they sell the pesticide to spray on the food. Hmmmmm.
* The weeds (now called superweeds) have become resistant to all of the pesticide (Round-Up) that is being repeatedly sprayed on them. So, now Dow Chemical has created a genetically modified corn that can withstand repeated applications of toxic pesticide 2,4-D. That means Dow Chemical will then own the patent to the food and the chemical that will be sprayed on them. Conflict of interest???
* Before these genetically modified crops, pesticides were used to spray the soil BEFORE the plants (corn, soybeans, etc) grew or only on the weeds directly. Round Up could not be sprayed directly on the plants, or they would die. Now that we have genetically modified plants, the pesticide can be sprayed (many times) on the entire plant, usually via cropdusting planes.
* Bottom line: We are eating A LOT of corporate-owned genetically modified food that is laden with multiple coats of toxic pesticide. Especially when you consider how many things can be made from corn. Just to name a few: Acsorbic Acid, Crystalline Fructose, Dextrose, Lactic Acid, Glucose, Hydrolized Vegetable Protein, Maltodextrin, Xanthan Gum, and the list goes on. If you grab just about any processed food from the supermarket shelf, you will find MANY of these ingredients on the label.
For more information about GMO’s, I have found this website to be helpful. saynotogmos.com
And this short book (available on iTunes for $2.99) was a great read to sum up what is happening in the food industry right now. Label It Now And, if this information gets you motivated, hop on over HERE and sign the petition to the FDA to let them know that you want to know what is in your food.
Did you know that nearly 50 countries, including the European Union, South Korea, Brazil, and China require labeling of Genetically Modified Food, or have banned it entirely? Hmmmmmm.
Just one more reason I choose organic whenever possible. :) My kids deserve better.