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What's for dinner? A look into genetically modified foods.

Updated on October 30, 2011

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Do you like tomatoes fresh from the vine? Me too. The fresher the better, right? But how about a glow in the dark tomato? Or a tomato that was genetically modified with DNA from an Antarctic fish to keep it from freezing? Those experiments have been done. Or how about a nice baked potato? Some of them have been modified to produce so much pesticide they are officially classified as pesticide. As the controversy over our food supply heats up, it behooves us to pay attention.

Locally grown

Locally grown is a popular phrase in supermarkets now. It is not equal to the phrases, “organically grown,” or “all natural.” And to the best of my knowledge, the phrase, “all natural,” does not have a legal definition. Locally grown can be good because the food travels a shorter distance keeping it naturally fresh and saving resources. The thing to ask is, was it locally grown organically?

For the meat eaters among us

I am seeing the phrase, “all natural,” appear on packages. I take it more seriously if I also see things like, “no hormones or antibiotics.” Why would this be an important point? Most of the antibiotics dispensed in the United States go to livestock animals. If they get it and we eat them, then we eat the drugs. The animals are not given a choice. We can speak very loudly by what we buy and don’t buy.

What to do

As the saying goes, money talks. Speak with your money. Investigate, read labels and buy what is safe and wholesome for your family to eat.

If you have more ideas to add, please share your comments below.

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    • Moon Willow Lake profile image

      Moon Willow Lake 6 years ago

      Thank you for your response to my hub on food safety. It is good to see you and many others now taking an active interest in food safety as we all need to for ourselves and future generations. To respond here I will give two quotations and their websites:

      “Leadership at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made it abundantly clear last week that the low-dose usage of antibiotics in food animals, simply to promote growth or improve feed efficiency, needlessly contributes to the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria and poses a serious threat to public health.”

      The second quotation and website follow here:

      “FDA believes the overall weight of evidence available to date supports the conclusion that using medically important antimicrobial drugs for production purposes is not in the interest of protecting and promoting the public health.”

      These announcements directly come from officials at the United States Food and Drug Administration. They urge restraint with antibiotics warning it is not in our best interest to continue as we have been.

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "If they get it and we eat them, then we eat the drugs."