I am not a dietitian, I am a Research and Development Chef with a Nutritional Concentration. This site is based on opinions I've formed through my research and experience working for manufactured food processors.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Food for throught: Genetically Modified Foods

Affectionately referred to as Frankenstein food, genetically modified produce is a topic of much debate. Supporters cite the benefits of genetically resistant foods as an answer to harmful pesticide use and ultimately higher crop yields. Unfortunately, GMO's are effectively proving to be just as dangerous a threat as pesticides for our bodies and ecosystem. Many scientists consider GM crops partially responsible for the disappearance of honey bees. Others are finding that foods with built in insect resistance could lead to human resistance to some types of antibiotics. Scary stuff.

Personally, I haven't found a tasty GM tomato to date. Ditto for strawberries, raspberries, peaches, or oranges. Additionally, pesticide pears are equally as unappetizing to my palate. As we march forward towards inevitable extinction, one may ask what can I do to survive? Buy local, know your farmers, and grow your own tomatoes. Trade some tomatoes for your neighbors cucumbers, maybe the guy down the street has some strawberries. Free yourself from grocery store dependence, buy those little ugly bumpy apples and dirty beets from the farmer's market...savor the flavor of real food.

P.S. If you have any bees that are bugging you, find your local honey-bee rescue source. Bees are our friends, not our enemies honey.

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