Yes, an episode of Dr. Oz I can get into. Sorry, the “connective healing” episode a few weeks back really left me feeling short-changed, as well as a bit creeped-out. (Was it just me or did that guy seem like the leader of a cult?)
John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, was on the show today letting us know that Whole Foods will not sell any foods containing GMO’s by 2018. That’s great! I just wish I could afford to shop there…
Dr. Oz mentioned that Walmart and Wegman’s (a supermarket chain on the east coast, I believe) were asked, they both responded that they have no intentions of labeling foods with GMO’s. Could it be that they are more concerned with profit than they are with public opinion? Dr. Oz mentioned that 91% of consumers would chose food that did not contain GMO’s if they had the choice.
Do you think stores should label GMO’s in food? I do, and evidently Dr. Oz does too!
Sure, if you’re already eating a diet based on organic vegetables, fruit, meat and eggs, you’re likely not consuming many GMO’s.
The foods most likely to contain GMO’s are:
- Sugar Beets
So, by not eating the above foods, you are avoiding the most common sources of GMO’s.
If you are using canola (CAnada Oil, Low Acid) oil, switch to olive oil for all low-temperature applications (salad dressings, homemade mayo). For medium to high-heat cooking, try coconut oil (killer in curries…). Unless you are a cow, you probably shouldn’t be eating much corn. Go organic if you must eat that corn on the cob slathered in pastured butter. As for soybeans, natto (sky-high in vitamin K2) and tempeh are probably the healthiest form to eat, and I’m not sure if these products utilize GM soybeans. Anybody know? I’m not sure why zucchini is on this list, but you are likely best off getting organic zucchini if you can afford it. Sugar beets? Use good old-fashioned cane sugar. C&H. Pure Cane Sugar. From Hawaii. Growin’ In The Sun…
Organic foods are not allowed to contain any GMO’s, so by going organic, you will avoid the vast majority of GMO’s.
If you can’t go organic, look for the “Non-GMO Project VERIFIED” logo on food labels. This label signifies that less than 0.9% of the food item consists of GMO’s. I know, it seems like an arbitrary percentage, but it’s more than 99% GMO-free.
Are GMO’s harmful? Maybe, maybe not. The American Medical Association and the FDA claim that genetically modified food is safe. Since Genetic Engineering is a relatively new science, I would argue that we just don’t have sufficient information to decide whether or not there is a significant risk to human health. Why risk it if you don’t have to?
The bottom line is that when mankind fiddles with nature, he usually messes things up. Remember DDT, thalidomide, and estrogen replacement therapy? All were thought to be good ideas at the time, but when all the evidence was finally available, all of these things had significant negative impacts on human or animal health.
One thing to consider: The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
What this means is that just because the FDA or the AMA lack evidence of harm from GMO’s does not mean that there is no risk. It simply means that to date they haven’t identified measurable risk from that consumption of GMO’s.
What are your thoughts about labeling of GMO’s? I’d love to hear from you!
Robert J. Stone