The Evolution of Food

September 19, 2012 at 1:36 am Leave a comment

As Dwight Schrute of The Office would say, “There’s too many people in the world. We need a new plague.”

Dwight might be a bit extreme, but there is certainly an overabundance of people walking around this Earth. The population has effected our environment in many, many well-documented ways, including how we grow our food.

A few days ago, we went out to dinner with my grandmother. She’s the diet queen in that she’s too full to finish her dinner, but never too full to eat a bag of Oreos. She also doesn’t like sweets….but she does know a few things. Food was different when she was young. My sister has undetermined stomach issues (I believe it’s lactose intolerance, but I’m not doctor) and with my working on going vegan, and our discussions of Celiac and gluten-intolerance, my grandmother couldn’t help but ask, “Why do people have so many problems with food these days?” It’s a good question, but there’s a simple answer. What we eat now is drastically different from what people used to eat.

It’s just another reason why I believe in proper labeling, including labeling for GMOs. To know what’s in my food sounds so simple. When I’m eating corn, I want to know if this is real, true corn, or if it’s genetically modified that may or may not cause potential issues for my health down the line.

Part of the argument against proper labeling is that it will get too confusing for consumers. At first, I was insulted. Do they think we’re too stupid? But no, they know how smart we are.  They know that if we find out what is truly in products that we purchase everyday, we might stop buying those products. Giving the consumer real power is scary for these companies. They bank on us not knowing that we already have the power and they certainly don’t want us to realize that we do.

It’s going to be difficult to convince the FDA that things need to change because they’re comfortable in their ways, and there are outside pressures. But with parents like this, things may change sooner rather than later.

How do you take a stand as a consumer?

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