Why GMO’s matter…

We are a walking experiment for the food industry. From the time I graduated with my degree in nutrition to now, I have seen the food industry ‘advances’ come and go and what has always remained, is whole food by Mother Nature as the single best option for health. Zero calorie sweeteners, designed to satisfy our sweet tooth without weight gain; found to increase desire for sweets and promote weight gain. Partially hydrogenated oils invented to extend shelf life; increase artery plaque. Fortification of grains that have been milled; need powdered supplements added back (and don’t think for a moment manufacturers use the highest quality supplements). Genetically engineered or modified grain, vegetables and sugar beets have more herbicide residue, as well as small changes in nutrient content that add up to big changes in your health. If you were lucky enough to be born before 1960, most of your childhood food was grown without high nitrogen fertilizer and was not genetically modified. High nitrogen fertilizers leave behind nitrate/nitrite residue in the food (same stuff you avoid in hot dogs), and genetically modified plants tolerate higher levels of herbicides such as Round Up. If you don’t want to eat Round Up, you need to know if your food is a GMO. I can’t stress enough the importance of your right to choose what you want to eat. Some may choose to eat GMO grain, willing to be part of the experiment and that is their choice. I won’t stand in their way. But for the rest of us who want to wait and see, not putting ourselves or our children at risk for possibly cancer, autism, diabetes, mutations in DNA, digestive disorders, immune function changes, or some other risk we don’t well understand, we deserve the right to be able to avoid these foods if we so desire. Think I’m being dramatic? Would you spray a little lighter fluid on your food each day to see what happens? It costs manufacturers nothing to put the letters ‘GMO’ in the ingredient list on packaging that they already change continually to convince us the product is healthy or delicious. As your advocate for your health, I see whole unprocessed food fix a myriad of ailments everyday. I can only recommend you avoid GMO foods and I will be voting YES on Proposition 37 the California GMO Labeling Initiative. If you are a California resident, I encourage you to stand with me and vote YES for your health.

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