While many of us took advantage of savings on minimum purchase qualifying cheaper turkeys for Thanksgiving at local supermarkets in metro Atlanta, did any of us pause to read what the turkeys were fed on? Probably not!
The truth of the matter is that most turkeys have to be fed on cheap feed for turkey farming to be profitable and those turkeys, which are mass produced and sold at supermarkets, will undoubtedly be in that category.
The cheap GMO (genetically modified organism) corn and soy are pest resistant and genetically engineered to be so, containing resistance to pesticides as part of their genetic makeup.
When we eat animals which have been raised on feed made from these GMO crops (or we ourselves eat these crops!) we in turn ingest these substances and genes. Also, does the nutritional value of genetically altered crops change with this tampering?
According to the USDA, two-thirds of American corn is genetically modified. But even nature is rebelling with this tampering with pests such as the rootworm beetle becoming resistant to the Bt-corn produced by Monsanto!
Bt is short for Bacillus thuringiensis which is a bacterium that kills insects. Through this genetic engineering process, different proteins are engineered into crops such as cotton as well as corn plants.
The practice of giving GMO feed to animals has been fully implemented within the past 15-20 years and while most of us adults have been subjected to the harmful effects of these crops, the younger generation have known nothing but GMO produce. What are these GMO crops doing to the development of children?
Without doing a thorough biochemical analysis, to come to a general conclusion as to what GMO crops and their ingestion might do to us, just take a good look around to see what the trends have been in recent years in regards to the acceleration in diseases and health problems. What are some of the biggest health and behavioral problems that children face these days?
Though the answers to those questions may be very complex and interrelated to a number of disciplines and processes in industry and food production, it can be noted that eating good, nutritious, purely produced foods cannot possibly be detrimental to us.
That old adage “you are what you eat” was meant to be taken extremely seriously. But with a depressed economy and lack of jobs, few of us have the means to eat “better” or drink filtered and purified water.
So, while US President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia pardoned that 19-week old turkey called “Liberty” at the North Portico of the White House on November 23, 2011 in Washington, DC, what about pardoning us from GMO crops that have been proven to be harmful by natural health advocates?