A proper diet and exercise is what’s needed to keep a person fit and healthy, at least that’s what we are told. But in 2008 the World Health Organization (WHO) recorded more than 400 million people worldwide as being obese so it’s no wonder that the global society is afflicted with a growing weight epidemic. Now experts are asking how much of the problem is really caused by our diet; could it be the number of genetically modified meals we’re now eating that are having that ‘massive’ impact on our bulging waistlines?
According to a study by Suzanne M. Snedeker and Anthony G. Hay, funded by Cornell University environmental chemicals, paired with the amount of micro biota composites in our gut, increase the risk of obesity and diabetes. Because poor gut health has been linked with several problems, including those correlating with the likelihood of becoming overweight, it is safe to say that decreasing or eliminating environmental toxins might add a little more purity to our surroundings and perhaps help to decrease our own body mass index.
Granted, asking where half of these toxins originate is indeed a worthwhile question. In a different observation, Monsanto, the world leader in food bioengineering, uses a special dose of RoundUp, a well-known herbicide, on its agricultural land. Their super formula of chemicals is being linked not just to obesity, but also to mental illness and possible infertility. The harmful effects are blamed on the ingredient, glyphosate. Monsanto’s intention in spraying RoundUp on a variety of crops of course is to protect them.
“So, when you have something like Round-Up, it prevents us from blocking the absorption of xenoestrogens and other bad toxins that we would normally block out or at least absorb to a lesser extent, thereby leading to obesity,” said Scott Tips, President of the National Health Federation, to the Voice of Russia.
In Monsanto’s report on their acclaimed RoundUp Ready solution for corn, they proudly state that it is “crop safe” and “cost effective.” Although their plan looks great to readers in the short run, the future prospects in the longer term, if their chemicals are to be used even more widely, could seem somewhat daunting. If health concerns by researchers haven’t been a forewarning, then people need to make their own choice on what type of food is truly organic and what has been Invasively altered.
To make matters worse, the FDA ignored its own scientists on genetically engineered foods and their suggested labelling policy. The US government has declared that there’s no difference between modified and non-modified products, even though its own scientific researchers beg to differ. “The FDA’s decision to allow unlabeled GMO’s into the food supply, in my opinion, was really a political decision not a scientific one,” Scott Tips explained. He went on to say; “They [Monsanto] have something that’s unique and distinct and yet in the market place, whenever we go and we say that we want it labelled because this is different and it’s harmful, they say oh no, no, the FDA has said that there’s no difference between genetically modified crops and non-GMO crops.”
That may all change come November 6, when California is set to vote on Proposition 37. This law, if enacted, would force companies to state on food labels if any of their products have been genetically altered, including produce sold in grocery stores. If passed, this small legislative step could create a domino effect with other States following California’s lead.
Deceptive tactics are being used on every corner where food is purchased. A couple of key elements of keeping a diet from losing its healthy lustre are; simply to read the label to be sure of the exactly what you’re eating, and actively ask if and how it may have been altered in a lab. Keeping healthy is not a privilege. Let everyone voice the choice to eat what our grandparents used to eat, just good, honest, old-fashioned food, all the treat without the trick.
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