Our food is rapidly changing from food that nourishes and sustains life to food created for profit. Food is now loaded with chemicals and preservatives to increase shelf life, not human longevity. Foods that were once eaten in their whole form, like grains, are now processed, refined, and purified. With most of the real nutrients removed in the manufacturing process, a few chemical vitamins are sprayed back into the enriched food product.
The 2009 Oscar nominated documentary, Food, Inc., uncovers the development of the current food manufacturing industry using hidden cameras and interviews with “whistle blowers”. One of the farmers in the movie risked telling his story about refusing to use Monsanto’s genetically modified seed. He was forced into bankruptcy as his punishment by Monsanto’s lawsuit against him. They do not want the public to know the truth about the mass production of our industrialized food supply.
Antibiotics, hormones and genetically modified seeds have been added to the food supply. Genetically modified crops can be sold without a label as commercially grown. These plants have been manipulated to survive the application of the pesticide Round Up. Produce bar code labels that start with the number “8” are reported to be genetically modified, while those that start with the number “9” are organic.
Buyer beware that current FDA labeling laws do not require any identification or labeling of genetically modified produce. The label may not have an 8 on it, yet it may be genetically modified.
There are 5 major GM crops that have been developed by Monsanto: corn, cotton, soy canola and sugar beets. Two of the most widely used genetically modified crops are corn and soy.
Corn is the major food used to feed commercially raised animals and farm raised fish. Corn is also used to make corn syrup. GMO corn makes up 75% of all corn currently grown in the U.S. Since 1996 over 90% of all soybeans grown have been GMO. Soybeans are most commonly used to make soybean oil, found in most packaged and processed food.
The CBS Evening News in 2010 reported 65% of all products sold in a local grocery store contain GMO ingredients. Yet, in a recent survey 53% of Americans said that they would not knowingly buy GMO food or produce. Due to special interest lobbying efforts, the FDA does not require labeling of GMO food products. This policy keeps consumers in the dark about which foods are GMO, or contain GMO.
In 2010 consumer protest stopped the planting of GMO sugar beets, pending legal action. Currently 50% of the sugar crop grown in the U.S. is GMO sugar. The Hawaiian papaya is the newest GMO crop that has recently been developed.
Buyer beware that corn is also used to make everything from synthetic vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and high fructose corn syrup to diapers and charcoal. Buyer beware of synthetic vitamins. These man-made vitamins are not the same as the vitamins found naturally in food. Read the article Natural vs Synthetic in the Nutrition section of the Services tab for more information on the difference between the two types of vitamins.
There is another reason to avoid high fructose corn syrup. Recently mercury was found in 50% of the high fructose corn syrup sold in the US. Mercury was previously used in the production of high fructose corn syrup. The current manufacturing plants that make high fructose corn syrup are still contaminated with mercury. There are currently no plans to clean up the mercury contamination due to the high cost involved.
Buyer beware when switching from high fructose corn syrup to other sweeteners like NutraSweet, Equal or Aspartame. These are all the same product, which was originally invented as a drug. When it was discovered that it had a sweet taste it was magically transformed from a drug to a food additive. Aspartame is now present in 6,000 products and used in over 90 countries.