Did you know 90% of sugar beets in the US are GMO.....94% of Soy is GMO....88% of corn is GMO.....70% of cotton is GMO.
Although the DNA changes in sugar beets does not impact us after processing the beet to sugar, the glyphosate [Round-up] used on GMO crops still does!
The process with Round-up goes like this. Spray the field with Round-up before planting the beets to kill any weeds or crops from the previous year. The field will get sprayed again to kill weeds that emerge during the crops growth. There is residue in the farmland from years of Round-up use and glyphosate is proven to be a very dangerous chemical.
I have become a bit label obsessed...is this why the Federal Government wants to enact the Dark Act....to allow food companies to use the cell phone QR Codes as labels...so you can scan the label and find the information. That is the subtle nature of this food knowledge problem. Ralph had a app for his phone so we could find out food information above and beyond the visible label information...90 % of the stores we shopped in had bad reception and the information was unavailable.
I can envision a mother shopping for food trying to juggle food and children, a shopping cart and her cell phone to scan a QR code. Then running into no reception or poor reception, she will fling up her hands and certainly not spend any time looking up food she is interested in.
Ralph and I have and are researching more about food and how to be healthier. This is an ever expanding topic and it is like dominoes....one thing leads to another and another and soon your way down the rabbit hole with Alice! We are learning that the American diet is incredibly unhealthy. The FDA regulates the use of chemicals and additives but there is little research into the accumulative effects of all the artificial ingredients or the preservatives or how they interact together.
A simple package of treats that we used to have in the vehicles when we traveled for quick snacks has some disturbing things in it:
- Reduced Iron
- TBHQ [Tertiary butylhydroquinone]
- Sodium Metabisulfite
- Disodium Inosinate
- Sorbitan Monostearate
- Titanium Dioxide
This is such a small example of 'things' in food, but it is quite disturbing to think it isn't in just one food, the far larger percentage of processed and fast foods contain these or like these ingredients. The accumulation of chemicals that are processed to add to processed food takes it farther and farther away from (A) Being real food and (B) Being healthy food.
The actual base for the food for example Wheat, is grown with chemicals and modifications, then it is sprayed with Round-up to speed ripening, then hauled to a plant where all the goodness is processed out of it. Then it has all the goodness added back to it with artificial ingredients that last longer, look pretty and don't cake or clump. The base flour is then used to make snack cakes and treats and more things are added to those products, Chemical, artificial and preservative to make them look bright and tasty and stay on the shelf for weeks on end.
When I was a child my Mother made bread on Monday, it would mold if we didn't use it, now loaves of bread last far longer and they tend to dry out before mold grows on them.
We never thought of washing apples we had just picked off the tree before we bit into their juicy goodness, Now stores sell products specifically for washing fruit and vegetables before you use them.
So now we have a very sick and ailing population starting at childhood. I listen to advertising concerning child hunger in this country and I wonder if those children who are a bit hungry might be better off for it. I read and research food and get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach at how all pervasive the problem is and can we get a grip on it in time?
I know we are more and more anxious to get all of our food from the farm. There is a small ray of hope if we can get more people to grow their own food or at least learn to read and research what they do eat.
In closing watch what you eat and grow something edible, even in an apartment you can have small tubs and buckets with greens in them, fresh greens with no sprayed chemicals on them, greens you can eat right out of the pot!
God Bless you all.