Friday, February 17, 2012

Frankenfood and Other Nastiness in the Foods We Eat.

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately of genetically altered food.  There is currently a new type of sweet corn that was developed by Monsanto that has pesticides engineered into it.  It should be hitting the grocery stores by this Summer.  There will be no signs letting you know that it has pesticides engineered into it and there is currently a petition asking Walmart not to sell this stuff.

  1. Whether you shop at Walmart or not, they are the largest U.S. food retailer, and if they won't sell genetically engineered sweet corn, it's likely that farmers won't plant it.
  2. Genetically engineered sweet corn will not be labeled, so you won't know what you're buying.
  3. Monsanto's GE sweet corn hasn't been tested for human safety, and it contains three different genetically engineered traits that have never been used in food eaten directly by people.
Honestly, this scares me!

There was also a news story on Yahoo about The 5 Grossest Things You're Eating .
Here is just 1 of the things mentioned (go read the article yourself and see what the others are).  I am quoting it here:

Gross Food #5: Grain products

Why it’s gross: Many packaged breads and baked goods contain L-cysteine—a non-essential amino acid made from dissolved human hair (often from China) or duck feathers (mmmm). Food manufacturers use the ingredient as a commercial dough conditioner, meant to improve the texture of breads and baked goods.
Why it’s bad: Eating something derived from the human body violates the religious and ethical beliefs of Muslims and vegans. Plus, eew! If you want to avoid ingesting hair and feathers—and really, who doesn’t?—try eating unprocessed whole grains like oats and brown rice, and make your own baked goods whenever possible.

I don't know about you but I sure do not want to be eating someones hair or feathers.  Yet another reason I make most of our breads here at home...I know what goes in them!

My husband and I sat down and talked about it and have decided to be more selective and try to learn more about what is in our food.  We also have decided that we are only going to be buying either organic non engineered or heirloom seeds to plant in our garden this year.  I realize that we cannot escape all the chemicals and things put in foods that we buy but we can cut down on buying certain foods that we do know have these problems and we can grow some of our own food.  We are blessed that our son Chris and DIL Heather both hunt and provide us with wild venison so we don't eat much beef bought from the grocery store.  With our little Bradley coming, I am even more concerned with our whole family eating healthier...I want us all to have long and healthy lives. :) 

There is so much information out there and I only shared 2 articles.  Do a google search and you will find tons of good information...I warn you though, it can be overwhelming and downright scary when you realize what we have been putting into our bodies.

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