I highly recommend finding the time to watch this episode of Fearless Revolution. It is an incredibly interesting and informative conversation about GMOs and our food supply and the rising incidence of food allergies in our society, featuring food safety author/advocate, Robyn O’Brien.
They get off to a bit of a rough start, so stick with it through the first couple of minutes because it’s a great discussion.
Here are some key takeaway points:
“22% of the US population is food sensitive or food allergic.”
“Centers for Disease Control shows 265% increase in the rate of hospitalizations that are related to food allergic reactions.” (within the last 15 years)
“The U.S. has the highest health care costs of any country on the planet… we also have the highest rates of obesity, of diabetes, of cancer of any country on the planet.”
“80% of processed foods include GMOs (genetically modified organisms).”
“They’re fighting really hard for people not to know when something that is genetically modified is in their food. I think you just have to ask why.”
“It’s a social justice issue. Everyone deserves clean food for their families. When our corporations are formulating their products differently for eaters in other countries… at the very least, the American kids deserve that same lunch.”
“These are the everyday products that every family can afford.”
“If you’re not incredibly careful, you’re part of this human feeding experiment. We may or may not be able to get this labeled, but you can remove yourself and your family from the experiment.”
“Everyone can afford to do one thing.”
“There are ways that we can exercise precaution at any grocery store in the country, Costco or Sam’s.”
“You can either pay for healthcare at the grocery store, or you can pay for disease management at the doctor’s office.”
Easy Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to GMOs Without Changing Grocery Stores:
- Eat less processed food.
- Buy milk and dairy that is labeled rBGH-free.
- Avoid exposure to conventional soy and corn products and derivatives.
- Shift habits away from processed food aisles towards more of the whole foods.
**Canola, soy, corn and dairy are almost always GMO unless otherwise labeled.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Let me know if you watch it, and what you think.