Doesn't it seem like almost every person you know
has some kind of allergy?
When I was growing up, we never heard of food allergies. There was not a peanut free table at lunch - in fact most of the kids brought peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to school without a concern. We didn't see the health issues in kids that we see today. In my entire grade school, one girl had asthma. Now it's so common that we don't even think much of it anymore.
Do you ever wonder where all these issues are stemming from?
Has our food changed so much since I was a kid?
Why are we reacting to things that were never a concern in the past?
I wish I had the answers.
While I am no way an expert by any stretch of the imagination,
I do have my theories...
If you follow me on Pinterest, you might have noticed that I have concerns about GMO's - (Genetically Modified Organisms) in our food supply. I definitely believe GMO's play a role in the allergies and health issues we encounter today.
Since I never intended for my blog to be too "preachy", I just want to bring your attention to GMO's and let you decide the risks yourself. Here are a list of links that will give you a better understanding of why GMOs and Monsanto (the leading producer of genetically engineered seed) have become such controversial subjects. I am sure you will agree with me when I say that I want GMOs out of our food supply!
TV.greenmedinfo.com - What is a GMO - Explained in 1-minute
Doctor Oz.com - GMO Foods - Are They Dangerous?
Mercola.com - David Versus Monsanto
Celebrities Speak Out---March Against Monsanto-May-25th
NY Daily News - National Stars Align Protest
I do want to give a shout out to some companies taking steps in the right direction...
By 2018, Whole Foods will require their supplier partners to label products containing GMO ingredients.
You can read the full story here - Whole Foods Market Blog - GMO Labeling.
Recently, Chipotle Mexican Grill announced a goal to eliminate GMOs from their food. In the meantime, they have provided a list of ingredients on their website including those menu items that currently contain GMOs. Now I love Chipotle even more!
And then there are those companies who already provide GMO free foods- See Celestial Healing.net for a list.
I think these companies are acting responsibly but I also believe there is more that can be done. Rather than just label GMOs, I would love to see them banned completely. After all, many countries have already labeled or banned them...
Why is the US so far behind? I think it all comes down to money. It's so sad that in this country, we value money more than our health. Let's try to change that...
Are you as concerned as I am?
Here are a few things you can do...
1. Choose organic or GMO free foods - listed at Celestial Healing.net.
2. Boycott the companies that use GMOs in their products.
3. Try to avoid the top Genetically Modified foods...although when you look at the list below, you will see how difficult that may be.
3. Participate in the March Against Monsanto tomorrow, May 25th in locations all over the world. New Jersey only has two locations but not close enough to where I will be tomorrow.
Many of you are parents and want to do what is best for your children as well as for your own health. Please educate yourself on GMOs. I am sure, the more you learn, the more you will want them banned from our food supply.
I am just doing my part to create awareness!
Are you concerned about GMOs?