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Do we have to eat genetically modified food?

June 29, 2011

SPEECHLESS. This is how I’d like to end today’s post but I don’t want to appear overly dramatic lest the message be diluted. Have you ever wondered, why so many people are allergic to peanuts now? And milk? And corn? According to this expert, it’s because those items aren’t “real food” anymore. Not always. Thanks to genetic modification designed to increase yield and profit (understandable motives from a business sense), many popular packaged and processed foods aren’t just fattening, they’re introducing foreign substances into bodies that can’t digest them. Our bodies. Our kids’ bodies. It’s scary stuff but from Fast Food Nation to In Defense of Food, two warnings-turned-runaway hits, we’ve been hearing the same thing for a decade. People are getting sick because of the food they’re we’re eating.

My hippie brother who lives in the barn on the same land we grew up on has been saying it too, albeit from a smaller pulpit (read: he’s been driving our family crazy with this stuff for a long time): Don’t eat processed food. Avoid McDonald’s. Always choose organic. Honestly, I just thought he was sort of annoying. Forcing my mom to buy an organic turkey at Thanksgiving seemed pushy and expensive. Lecturing everyone about the toxins we were obliviously enjoying was obnoxious. We kind of ignored him, writing his ideas off as those of a college student-turned-amateur-activist. However, as the big sister in me hates to admit,  I think he was right. (Please don’t tell him though. Really, don’t.)

So, what do we do?

Robyn O’Brien is “a Texas native raised on Twinkies and PoBoys [turned] unlikely crusader for cleaning up the food supply.” She’s also a former Wall Street industry analyst and the author of The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It. She knows her stuff and after watching this 18 minute video, you will too.

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