Many do not know that in their kitchens are genetically modified (GM) foods which, although approved by the FDA, are drastically cutting the lifespan of those who eat them. Most have heard of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), but many do not know how widespread they have become, and how much they are changing the overall genetics of American people. It goes farther than rBST in the milk, and it all comes down to the money.
Many of the foods that are genetically modified have been banned in most other industrialized countries. Processed foods are the biggest culprits, however, even some foods thought to be healthy are found to be produced in a modified state, and they are common ingredients in everything from corn to bacon.
America leads all other countries in the number of people suffering from heart disease, asthma, cancer and diabetes. Chronic diseases have been on the rise since the introduction of GM’s into the American diet – foods not tested by the FDA in order to determine their effects on humans. Instead, the FDA decided it would be beneficial if this safety determination rested solely on the manufacturers of the genetically-modified seeds – perhaps because the leading maker of genetically-modified seeds and hormones, Monsanto, has a former vice president sitting on the board of the FDA.
Soybeans that are genetically modified make up 90 percent of today’s crops. They are referred to in the industry as “Roundup Ready Soybeans” for they are resistant to the weed killer Roundup. Soy is found in everything from salad dressing to soups, and it is not required for manufacturers to label their products as made from GM soy products. Even more commonly modified is corn, of which 88 percent is genetically modified to produce its own insecticide, while 90% of sugar beets are also modified.
Many scientists and doctors have seen a rise in chronic ear infections and food allergies in children since the introduction of genetically modified foods. Other doctors have spoken out on the rise of heart disease, asthma, cancer and diabetes in adults, yet these foods are still on the shelves of grocery stores everywhere. In 1988, scientists, religious leaders and professionals in the health industry tried to sue the FDA to demand testing and mandatory labeling, yet the American people continue to buy these products blindly and with a lack of outrage for the blatant lack of regard for the people’s health and safety.
Some of these foods are banned in many other countries, yet they are still being fed to the American people. According to Mercola, Farm-raised salmon are fed toxic blends of antibiotics, genetically-modified grains, vitamins and chemicals. Fourty five percent of pigs and 30 percent of cows were fed ractopamine which is a chemical used to reduce their overall fat content, and even Russia banned red meat and pork from the U.S. due to traces of the deadly toxin. Even foods targeted to children of the U.S., like macaroni and cheese, Jell-O and cereals, have thousands of preservatives, coloring and many other synthetic ingredients, which are listed on the Mercola website. Arsenic-based drugs were used in animal feed to make them grow faster, and although some have chosen to stop using them, others still do. Americans are demanding answers from the FDA as well as adequate labeling, as it should be the choice of each individual to decide what to put into their own bodies and those of their children. Many believe that the government is in cahoots with big business and as long as the money is coming in, they will continue to approve foods that are cutting short the peoples’ lifespan.
Opinion by Kristi Cereska