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One more thing to worry about

June 10, 2009

We watched The Future of Food on hulu this week which “offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.”  I really did not know much about genetically modified foods, but learning about them was very frightening. Like most documentaries, this film only presented one side, the horrors of GM food, but I wonder how many benefits could there possibly be.  The film was kind of depressing, and we really don’t know how GM food will affect our health.  Lab rats aren’t doing so well eating it. The very least they could do is label the GM foods in stores… we should have the right to know what we are eating!

The most shocking thing was learning about the patents the chemical companies have on the seeds.  How can a company own a living thing?  The seeds of GM plants blow or get carried to farmers’ fields, and then they get sued for growing a patented plant without a license or whatever.

I try to buy organic as often as possible and as my budget allows.  A few weeks ago my husband and I visited the Piedmont Park green market and bought a few things.  A very nice couple chatted with us about their farm, and they were very proud of their lettuces.  We bought a bag of their mixed lettuce and greens.  The first salad I made I was marveling at the colors of each leaf and then blown away by the first bite.   I ate it all plain.  I seriously had no idea that lettuce could have that much flavor.  Why would companies like Monsanto want to eliminate the diversity of produce that have such amazing flavor and nutrition?

It is overwhelming to think about all of the considerations you have to take when just buying food at the grocery store.  The number of local farmer’s markets is on the rise because we are becoming conscientious consumers.  If we expect healthier choices, they will give it us, right?

Real Food Media is challenging people to eat No GMOs for 30 days!  They have a lot of information on their website about how to avoid GMOs.  When buying produce always check the number on the sticker:  four-digit codes beginning with a 3 or a 4 mean the food was conventionally raised, a five-digit number beginning with an 8 is GM, and a five-digit number beginning with a 9 is organic food.

I have mapped out all of the farmer’s markets in the Atlanta area.  There are two tomorrow.  Maybe we will stop by both!


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  1. June 12, 2009 8:45 pm

    This is a great topic for people to learn more about. I think it is important to remember that genetic engineering plants is a LOT different from cross-pollinating them. People have been practicing hybridization for millions of years. Some people might hear about GM plants and not get why it is a big deal. Genetic engineering actually involves invading the plant cells and forcing them to receive new cells. This involves injecting the plant with viruses and things in order for the plant to not destroy the new invading cells. This technology is new and has not been around long enough for the full effects to be known. I think it is safe to say however that risking bio diversity, the environment, and our health is absolutely unnecessary since the crops that people have been breeding for generations are perfectly safe and healthy. This is clearly a attempt of some larger companies to corner the market on these new plants and make $$$.

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