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Important Books and Documentaries about Healthy Eating

I love food – fresh, healthy food!  But understanding what’s healthy and safe is getting increasingly difficult. Food poisoning and food contamination are too common.  Do you buy organic?  Local? All natural? Sustainably grown? Free range?  Grass fed?  Lowfat?   Whoa……….

Fish is loaded with heart, brain, and skin-healthy omega 3.  But not all fish.  Many types are also contaminated with mercury, overfished, or farmed, which has its problems.  Chicken is a healthy, lean protein, but not if it’s injected with growth hormones and antibiotics and raised in filthy, inhumane environments. Soy is an excellent source of plant protein, but along with corn, a major GMO (genetically modified organisms) crop. GMO crops are linked to allergies and many other health issues, and what’s worse they aren’t labeled.  (There is a bill before Congress now requiring GMO foods to be labeled.)

It’s ironic that berries are a powerhouse of cancer-fighting anti-oxidants, but one of the most heavily sprayed crops with cancer-causing pesticides.  Apples are considered a super food, but they are #1 on the list of the most heavily sprayed crops.  Additionally, it seems like everyday we get conflicting advice about what is good for you and what isn’t.

It’s all too complicated.  There are several eye-opening books and documentaries however, that help make the issue of food more understandable.  Here are some of the most important.

Books

Michael Pollan is the expert about sensible, ethical eating and has written several fascinating books on the subject.  His book The Omnivore’s Dilemma is a must read;  Food Rules is a short manual of simple food rules.  One example, don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.

Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation is the intriguing history of the fast food movement and how it has changed our diet, culture, economy and health!

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a history making bestseller published in 1962, launched the modern environmental movement.

Documentaries

Food, Inc., an astonishing, if not frightening film about what’s wrong in America’s industrialized food system.

Super Size Me: A fit man embarks on a 30-day challenge to eat only McDonald’s fast food.

Forks Over Knives investigates the lifestyle diseases that can be controlled or reversed by avoiding meat and processed food.  You’ll never eat meat again!

The Future of Food: A look into genetically modified food (GMOs) and the destructive path of the Monsanto Corporation.

Get informed – the future of our food supply depends on it!

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Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fast Food Nation

Fast Food Nation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

THE DANGERS OF GMO FOOD

Concern is growing today about the dangers of Genetically Modified Foods, or GMOs, and rightly so.

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Since 1996 Americans have been eating genetically modified ingredients in most processed foods.  In the US alone, over 80% of all processed foods contain them. Genetically engineered crops mean that foreign genes from bacteria and viruses that have never been in the food supply have been forced into their DNA.  The main reason companies do this is to make them tolerant to herbicides and pesticides and supposedly to increase yields.  Many also have been inserted with a pesticide. The major GM plants, soy, corn, canola, cotton and sugar beets, have high residues of pesticides.  GMO salmon has even been developed and alfalfa might be next.

Largely unregulated, it is still not required that most GMO foods be labeled. (You can identity GMO fruit, however, it has a PLU code 5 digits long starting with the number 8.)  Genetically modified organisms have been linked to thousands of toxic or allergic‐type reactions, thousands of sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ and system studied in lab animals. Nearly every independent animal feeding safety study shows adverse or unexplained effects. Independently conducted studies show the more of these foods we eat, the greater the potential harm to our health, with children more likely to show the effects since they develop at such a rapid rate.   Yet, GMO influence on human health has largely been ignored by the FDA, which has labeled them as “Generally Recognized as Safe” and allows them on the market without any additional testing.

GMO crops increase pesticide use and contaminate organic and conventional crops, making it virtually impossible to escape the harmful effects of GMO.  Furthermore, they haven’t been shown to increase yields.

GMO crops are a very serious threat to our food industry and our health.  I urge you to watch The Future of Food or Food, Inc. to better understand the GMO situation.  These powerful documentaries explain the dangers of GMO crops and the government and industrial control of GMO.  There are also several good websites worth visiting, such as the Organic Consumers Association, or simply google “gmo foods”. Check out Mark Bittman’s Food Matters or any of Michael Pollan’s books too.  Or if you have a smartphone or Ipad, go to the app store and download a free copy of nonGMO foods shopping guide.

Educate yourself and get involved.  The future of our food supply and its safety depends on it.

Information compiled from saynotogmos.org and organicconsumer.org.