Lets talk a little bit about a very important subject, GMO foods. First of all, GMO stands for genetically modified organisms and it sounds about as horrible as it can be on your health. These GMO foods have been chemically and genetically manipulated often to help a plant be more resistant to insects. Some of them actually work by causing the plant that has been manipulated to produce pesticides. Like a tiny toxic chemical factory, this previously wholesome fruit, vegetable or whole grain food is now transformed into something that can steal from your healthy future rather than contribute to it.
A study was done at the Rowett Institute in Scotland where rats were fed GMO foods. ALL rats showed damaged immune systems, pre-cancerous cell growths, along with smaller brains and livers, in just the first 10 days of the project. The human studies that have been done so far on GMO foods have been even scarier. It seems that the genetically modified BT corn, as it is called, can actually cause the intestine of the person who ate the BT corn to start to become a toxic pesticide factory. Yes, that’s right, the cells of your own intestine start making dangerous chemicals because you ate the wrong corn or corn containing product. The long term effects of this process are completely unknown but can not be good. What most people do not know is the FDA has NO testing procedures for GMO foods, NONE. Unfortunately, the GMO food consumers are the guinea pig (or rat) in this case. In the USA almost all grains, including soybeans, wheat, and corn, have been grown via GMO’s. American consumers believe that the FDA has approved these GMO foods and this is simply not true.
So what should we do with all this information? No GMO foods! Do NOT eat foods unless they are made without GMO ingredients. When we formulated The INBar, GMO ingredients were never considered. Although GMO free ingredients are more expensive they certainly cost a lot less in terms of long term health. I believe we should eat with confidence and a healthy future as a priority. INBars certainly meet these criterion. Eat and enjoy!
Typical Genetically Modified Foods
Almost every area in the food production market is using genetic modification to produce foods that taste better, grow faster, resist disease and improve the amount of nutrients found in the food. At times, the genetic modification helps to save natural resources because the “new” food does not need as much water or energy to be processed. Many crops, dairy farmers and meat producers have been genetically altered.
Corn in many areas of the country has been altered to include an insect killing gene. Because the corn has this, farmers do not have to spray pesticides that can be harmful to the environment and those farm workers who spray it. Most American families are eating corn that has been genetically altered.
Soy is used in the production of many items that we use every day, such as cereal, chocolate, ice cream and baked goods. Because 85% of soybeans are altered, nearly everyone is consuming altered soybeans in some way. Most soybeans are used for livestock and not for humans.
One of the latest crops to be genetically altered is the sugar beet. Production of a modified beet began in 2008, but was banned in 2010 because the USDA failed to provide an environmental impact statement. Beets usually grow very slowly so the modification was made to encourage faster growth.
Genetically modified potatoes were created to be very resistant to diseases, such as Phytophthora Infestans, that can spread quickly and kill entire fields of potatoes. A disease like this caused the potato famine in the 1840s. Only 25% of the potatoes grow today are eaten by people. The other 75% is used in feeding livestock and in the starch industry. Scientists want to use the potato more in the glue and lubricant industry so they are trying to develop a potato that is even more modified that cannot be eaten by people.
The first food to reach American markets that had been genetically modified was tomatoes. Many changes have been made since those first tomatoes were raised and now tomatoes are modified only to help them last longer so they can be transported for longer periods of time.
Squash were modified because they are especially susceptible to some viral diseases. The altered squash were more disease resistant, but beetles who love to eat squash carry bacterial wilt disease. The squash are less resistant to this disease. Scientists are also concerned that the altered squash may be growing wild in some areas and not in controlled fields. If squash grow wild, this could cause serious environments issues.
Oils are used for more than cooking and flavoring. They are also an ingredient in many foods we consume. Modified oils can be sold as cooking oils, but are also used for making snacks such as potato chips. Margarine is also made by using oil. Modifications include oils losing the bitter taste they once had and making the plants more resistant to herbicides.
Vitamin A deficiency is a serious problem for over 250 million people around the world. It may cause blindness or death for those affected with it. Because nearly half of the population of the world lives on one bowl of rice each day, rice was chosen to be genetically altered to have vitamin A supplements added to it. This new rice is called golden rice. Experts also want to create rice with an iron supplement to combat the iron deficiencies many people have. Rice cannot be altered to have both an iron and a vitamin A supplement together, but it may happen sometime in the future.
Salmon that has been genetically altered may be available for purchase soon. These fish will be grown only on fish farms and will be nearly twice the size of unaltered salmon. They will also grow faster. Experts say this will help the environment and protect the wild salmon. A big concern is that, although these salmon should be sterile, nature will find a way to mutate the DNA so that these altered salmon can have babies.