Awareness is such a powerful thing. Ovet the past several weeks I have learned more about the food industry than I ever wanted to know. Ignorance can be bliss, but in this case, I am so grateful to have learned what I now know. Coming from 10 years in the weight loss and wellness industry, I was absolutely stunned at some of the things I have recently been made aware of.
I was just recently certified in a new weight loss bootcamp program, so naturally I was really excited about it and it came up in a casual conversation with the dad of a little boy that befriended my little boy at a play center near my home. I was just explaining how sophisticated and eye-opening the information was I was learning. Then he asked me a brilliant question,” What do you think the one thing is that people are doing with thier diet that, where they think they are doing something right, but it’s hurting them.” I really had to stop and think about that for a few minutes, but then the answer was crystal clear. GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisims). I never realized that approximately 75% of the produce found in main stream grocery stores is sourced from commercial farms that grow GMO crops.
I just think the idea that someone is trying to be budget conscious and purchase fresh produce in an attempt to feed their family a healthy diet, when they are likely getting a product that “looks” healthy, but is contaminated with toxic pesticide residues, devoid of much of the nutrient content it should have, and highly likely to contribute to genetic mutations at the cellular level is horrific. I personally believe this level of deception is on par with the fall of man in the garden of eden. The fact that the USDA, FDA know full well the danger of these foods and protect the producers, because it puts more money in their pocket, while private organic farmers have to jump through hoops to provide wholesome, nutrient rich produce just makes me ill. All I can say is that I am proud to be a part of this growing MKMMA organization, and that a portion of the money I have donated to further this program is going toward fighting this totally corrupt practice.
Are GMOs safe?
Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment. [www.nongmoproject.org]
There is so much more I could say on this topic, but I will save it for another post.
Until next time,