I recently sent out a group email asking friends and family what REAL food means. Perhaps it’s time to put the question out to a bigger audience in light of the tremendous amount of disinformation going on in the media as a prelude to Prop 37 and the GMO (genetically modified organisms) question.
Take today’s contribution for example. An NBC.com medical report tells us that “Pretty much every study shows no nutritional difference.” So said Dr. Janet Silverstein, a professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Florida (a co-author of the report published Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics) when asked about organic versus conventionally produced foods.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the report goes on to quote officials from the American Academy of Pediatrics: “In the long term, there is currently no direct evidence that consuming an organic diet leads to improved health or lower risk of disease.” http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/22/14563149-organic-food-no-better-than-conventional-for-kids-pediatricians-say?lite
Need I remind everyone that smoking was promoted and advertized by doctors for ages before absolute evidence came to light of the carcinogenic effect of the various toxins in cigarettes. How many unnecessary lung cancers, heart attacks and strokes had to occur, how many of our parents, family, friends, colleagues and fellow human beings had to die because, despite common sense, the evidence to the contrary was not yet irrefutable? Since when does the lack of evidence make something safe?
Even the good pediatricians of the Academy should know that drugs tested for only a few years are often taken off the market later when serious adverse effects come to light. Should we remind them about children’s cough and cold medications (“remedies” they were once called) that after years on pharmacy shelves were forcibly removed from the market in 2007 because of the adverse effects and mounting death rates in children.
Is REAL food a potato that you buy in a store that cannot be planted to germinate? Do you believe pink slime is REAL food? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II14yxN71Dk Do preservatives, colorants and additives that make something edible for months to come make it food? Is food sprayed with pesticides REAL? Does food irradiated to preserve its shelf life bother you? Does inserting the Bt gene into the genome of a potato so that it can produce a bacterial toxin sound REALLY safe on your plate? Is conventionally grown food the same as genetically modified food?
Big Agribusiness is spending millions of dollars in an all out assault on our rights and it is up to us, one by one, person by person, consumer by consumer to define what REAL food is and to employ the power that we have by making REAL food choices.
The answers I got to my REAL food question were well thought out and rational. My small group of friends and family made pertinent comments on what REAL food means to them, how important it is and how difficult it can sometimes be with time and financial constraints.
No matter what happens with Prop 37, whether you live in California or not, when you are out shopping, make sustainable and healthy choices and don’t be bamboozled and blindsided by those who seek to convince you that their version of REAL is REAL. They do not have your health at heart.
Share your opinion and let us know what you think about REAL food.
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