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Foods Banned in Europe, Why Not in America?

Updated on November 1, 2011

Food for thought?

Banning Food Products

While the European Union (EU) continues to ban or require labeling on foods that are subjected to irradiation and genetic modification, the US still thinks a ban is not necessary. The belief is that people living in the EU have a right to know what's in their food or what has been done to it.

Meanwhile, I need to add that many other countries have no need to ban these questionable food practices because such is not permitted in the first place. For example, over a 4 year period, when I lived in S. Korea, food was expected to be quality, fresh and locally grown. When Wal-Mart promised such foods and did not deliver, the women refused to buy their produce and put Wal-Mart out of business. When America demanded that S. Koreans accept American beef, thousands took to the street in protest. I agreed because millions of pounds of beef are recalled annually here in the US.

What about those millions of pounds of beef?

Despite millions of pounds of beef being recalled annually as well as other foods, (drugs, supplements, household products, etc. - see links below), we still continue to trust manufacturers who are only required to monitor themselves. We still rely on food that is overwhelmingly processed with 70% of it having genetically modified (GM) ingredients.

Have you figured out yet what happens to the millions of pounds of beef that is recalled? Sometime ago I contacted the USDA for an answer. See if you can guess what happens to the recalled beef.*

In the meantime, beef continues to be sold to the American shopper and to schools and millions of pounds continue to be recalled.

Here are some questionable food practices:

Genetically Modified Foods:

I recently read that 80% of the American diet consists of processed food. If you walk into an American supermarket, the shelves are filled with thousands of boxes and cans (even though cans are lined with the chemical BPA), as well as frozen packages, and all the snack junk - this is our diet. The fruit and produce aisle is usually somewhere off to the side. It gets worse - because 70% of all that packaged food is genetically modified (GM).

Our corn and soy is GM. So is canola oil (canola oil is GM rapeseed oil from Canada - thus the 'can' in canola oil) and then there is cottonseed oil. If you are eating a bag of potato chips right now - it may have cottonseed oil. In addition to all we've read about how unhealthy potato chips are, cotton is one of the most heavily 'sprayed with pesticide' crops.

There are people who believe that the epidemic of allergies, asthma, skin problems, and chronic ailments are due to GM foods. In the EU, if a GM product is .9 percent or more it must be labeled. In the US, labeling is not required.

Why is it so hard to grow healthy food?

Actually it's not - please see the link below for an urban farmer who got tired of seeing sickness and obesity in young children in his community - and created a massive year round farm right in the city of Milwaukee. He was also recognized by the MacArthur Foundation with a Fellowship Award. Surprisingly, right here in NYC, people are taking to vacant lots and roof tops, more than ever, to grow food.

Irradiation:

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved irradiation, since 1963, to kill dangerous organisms in beef, pork, chicken, lamb, herbs, spices, flour and fruit and vegetables.The EU only permits it on dried spices, herbs and vegetable based seasonings.

There are those that argue that with food-borne illnesses killing at least 5,000 people annually, irradiation is necessary - despite the fact that critics warn the process destroys nutrients. But I think we should be asking ourselves why our food is so filthy that practically all of it must be irradiated. (This corresponds with my USDA beef response below).

Antibiotics:

To get bigger, fatter animals, the US gives antibiotics to 70% of its healthy livestock. This practice can create drug-resistant campylobacter (according to kidshealth.org this is a bacteria transmitted by contaminated food and water, affects over 2 million people per year, and is a leading cause of food-borne illness in the US).

For some unknown reason children in our schools are still given containers of milk and there are no labels to indicate that the milk is free of bovine growth hormones. The breakfast program usually provides something like milk and cereal (a breakfast of bovine growth hormones and GM corn products). Our children overwhelmingly have weak immune systems because breastfeeding is not embraced in the US culture. Sometimes chocolate milk is offered. I read a label and it contained partially hydrogenated oil which no one is supposed to digest any longer. Least of all children.

When I lived in Seoul, all children were guaranteed a full Korean style lunch which includes rice, soup, a minute bit of protein, always kimchi, another veg, and fruit, all freshly made - while our children are given nuggets of something, french fries, packaged stuff, even beef products that sometimes make it on the recall list. Korean children do not suffer from obesity nor does the general population.

Dyes:

Despite the fact that dyes added to our processed foods may cause behavioral problems - they remain on the market. The D.C. based Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has asked the FDA to ban certain dyes that may cause hyperactivity in children (in the wake of a 2004 analysis). Dyes in question are red 40, red 3, blue 1, blue 2, green 3, yellow 6 and orange B. These colorings are found in snack chips, candy, crackers, those awful colored drinks, that awful macaroni and cheese product, vitamins and much more.

- Check the CSPI website for more information @ cspinet.org (the CSPI is urging the FDA to crackdown on false and misleading food labeling, and there is a recent report on a troubling decline in foodborne outbreak Investigations, and much more).

- Check the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Online Brain Food Selector (iatp.org/brainfoodselector)

- Check hub pages for a wealth of healthy living and eating suggestions.

The EU requires labeling of foods containing particular synthetic dyes linked to behavioral problems in children.

What happened to the recalled beef?

* In 2007 it seems everyday I heard on the news that millions of pounds of beef were recalled - where did it go? I kept waiting for a big bon fire somewhere in the wide open desert where this would all be dumped by the ton(s) and destroyed - but it never happened. Here we are ending 2009 and no bon fire of the tons of recalled beef. So where is it?

Actually in 2007 I contacted the USDA and asked what happens when beef is recalled. I got a very nice response from the meat and poultry hotline - they have a virtual representative at: askkaren.gov - the response:

"It depends on the reason the product is recalled. If it is recalled for bacteria and it is determined that the meat can be made safe by processing, it will be used in a product that is thoroughly cooked. If it is recalled for a problem like improper labeling it can be relabeled."

(As mentioned above, the CSPI reports that inaccurate and misleading labeling is still a problem)

Yes, the beef is not destroyed by the large manufacturers - it is back on the supermarket shelf in those cooked canned products with beef and those frozen products with beef. No labeling is required so we don't know exactly who is using the recalled product. And we also know why irradiation is so important for American food products. If you google or yahoo recalled beef there will be hundreds of reports about millions of pounds of recalled beef - and for years, much of it winding up in schools.

What about our children?

Honestly, I think our children deserve better. Of course we do too as adults but adults have a tendency to make excuses - but can we continue to make excuses when it comes to feeding this to our children? Who doesn't pay good money for these products?

There are also many non-food products that are banned or simply not used in the rest of the world - see links below.

In doing research, I found the topic overwhelming and tried to keep this short by limiting it to food - and including links for other issues affecting health.

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      Sam 3 years ago

      Amazing info

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      Kept private 4 years ago from Northeast United States

      Interesting hub :) The bottom line is we really don't know what's in the food we eat or drink :( Sad, but you are telling the truth, and to think processed food can be more expensive then your local farms produce. Thank you for taking some time to open people's eyes. Have a wonderful week.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for your comment Greg.

      It seems the more information we share the harder people reject it. Yet we are sicker and fatter than ever here in the US. I admit that I just don't get it.

      Thanks for the book suggestion. I look around at older Americans my age - 60s and up - and they have readily accepted as fact the idea that getting older means extremely poor and crippling health with astronomical medical bills. Sigh.

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      Greg (Ontario Canada) 5 years ago

      I knew it was this bad. But I had to read a lot to know it starting with "The Hundred Year Lie" by Randal Fitzgerald.

      I am trying to decide how to get people interested in 'ideas'. That's the problem really. We don't vote at election time based on ideas, not as a population (in any country of the world, but extremely poorly in corporate north america).

      I think summary information like U have done here is the way to go: on the web, and leaflets and such in mailboxes. Certainly people are not getting the quantity of information necessary from the corporate mass media, though it is getting better and some of the nasty truth is seeping through.

      Thx for your great effort !!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I learn so much from comments. Thank you, good people, for taking the time to write.

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      Cassi 5 years ago

      I'm so glad we don't eat beef. We rarely eat meat period actually, I make all of my own stocks, and dishes from scratch. I even make mayonnaise. I don't want my family to eat processed foods. Particularly when I see the gelatinous things that were once my niece and nephew. All they eat are meat, potatoes, fast food, and candy because that's what their dad likes. They refused to eat a pizza once because it had vegetables on it.

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      beauley 5 years ago from New Hampshire, U.S.A.

      President Obama promised the American people before his election in 2008 the he would make companies responsible list GMO content in all food ingredient. No word has been mentioned on its implementation yet.

      http://www.moveleft.org/obamas_promises/index.html

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      Shax 5 years ago

      Great blog!

      I watched a tv programme on how they con people about meat. It showed you how they make hot dogs in the US and UK, you actually get less than 2% meat it's all made up from the tail, feet, the ermm rear hole and Bones crunched together. The uk government had to act because the public was outraged but in the US the laws are stacked against the people the government do nothing. The US needs more people like u making them aware of what they are eating!

      Oh and stay away from any canned meat because it's likely to be around 12% actual meat.

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      Kebennett1 5 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      Awesome Hub! What a food-bank (sorry for the pun :) of information. It is not safe to eat anything any more. We find out more and more about so called Organic Foods all the time and it seems that most of them are still not safe for you unless you grow them yourself!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome Chris Teguh. Health is all we have and to abuse it...I just don't get it. When I travel overseas food just tastes a thousand times better. I'm just amazed that we accept so little when it comes to nutrition. Sigh! Thanks for commenting!

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      Chris Teguh 5 years ago from Torrance, California

      Fantastic information. It stuns me to see how stubborn we Americans are when it comes to our nutrition on a national level. Only recently in the last few years I've been turned on to the natural food diets like the Paleo diet and it's working out great. Thank you for a great hub!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So true beauley! And it was done at the expense of the health of the consumer. Thanks for the link. I'll check it out!

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      beauley 5 years ago from New Hampshire, U.S.A.

      I've done a little study o the dangers of hydrogenated oils. Good article. Thank you.

      Hydrogenated Oils: How Bad Are They for Us?

      Ever since food processing manufacturers realized they could extend the use of many vegetable oils by injecting hydrogen into them, the birth of hydrogenation was born.

      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5979182/h...

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      It saddens me Nina. Suddenly it seems we have a right to be as greedy and especially as stupid as possible. Thanks for writing!

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      Nina 5 years ago

      American greed and stupidity goes hand in hand.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm just amazed Cold Pressed Oil that as Americans we are treated so poorly - as in profit before people - always! I've never seen so many sick people walking around. Then with the prescription drugs as you mentioned - always a recall because of deadly side effects. It just never ends.

      Thanks for writing!

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      Cold Pressed Oil 5 years ago from San Diego

      Yeah, Europe and other places are way better at keeping their food of high quality. That's scary that meat that's been recalled can actually make it back into the grocery store.

      The other thing that often gets into our diet are dangerous prescription drugs. I just saw an ad for a class action lawsuit on TV yesterday for people who had taken osteoporosis drugs and suffered horrible side effects. It's crazy that so many prescription drugs make it into circulation without the proper testing.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks Ardie. I think of how easy it was to enjoy good food when I was a child - even the flavor and aroma is gone now. Mothers have a near impossible job now - we should all be ashamed of the garbage called food that is advertised to and directed towards children. One neighbor said she only bought organic snacks for her children. Guess what? There was a major recall of those snacks.

      We all have to effect change for children and not leave it on the shoulders of mothers - who are being wrongfully blamed for this health and obesity epidemic of children.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      I couldn't agree more that our children do not deserve to eat gm foods, repackaged recalled meats, chemicals and dyes. I try my hardest to keep processed foods out of the house but its EVERYWHERE! And it is very convenient. When I DO give it to my kids on occassion I feel so bad. Great article BK

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Hello Andy!

      Isn't it interesting that the McDonald's in England for example, are supposed to use free range eggs, and no high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils - but in the US the poorest quality everything goes into fast foods.

      We older folks should know what's going on - we've been around long enough to know that aging doesn't mean being on every type of drug complete with side effects. Poor food and toxic drugs and we are lapping it up.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      Andy 6 years ago

      I just got back from Europe. I felt better and the food was so much healthier. What can we do to stop this Euthanasia. Mac Donalds come on. Wht doesn't our wonderful Gov shut it down? Because they don't want to take care of the older people. Gov wants them to die. It will be an outstanding amount of older people needing help from the Gov very soon. It will creep up on us slowly then we have an epicdemic all the sudden. Like we didn't see it coming. Like the banks and the economy. We didn't see thet either.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Please let me know if you do decide to write here Dreamer so I can follow and keep up with you! We have a lot of work to do but people are listening because I get so many positive responses to my hubs here.

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      Dreamer 6 years ago

      Thanks, my blog is not as popular as yours right now so I'm glad you actually took the time to read some of it. Yes, I think it is terrible that people blame their genes for alot of things that happen. I guess everyone needs a way out for something so blaming our genetic makeup seems the best way to go. However, (going back to food topic) I am sure that alot of chemicals we ingest now and days have alot to do with it as well as just our choices as individuals. also Thanks for the idea, I will consider it. Anyway to get out information to others that they should know. Thats just my way of thinking.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Hi again Dreamer - I just read some of your blog - and isn't horrible how we were told for so long that we had chronic ailments because of...our genes!!! And unfortunately, as a nation we started to fall for that utter lie.

      Maybe you should write for hubpages and put some of your idea here!

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      Dreamer 6 years ago

      Thank you for more information. I am determined to create such a restaurant. It's my own way of rioting without having an actuale riot lol ^_^ Anyways, It was really nice chatting with you and learning more about this.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Imagine a cafe with real food. Wow. We can dream, Dreamer.

      I was just reading an article about how some restaurants are growing their own produce out back. I would certainly support such a place.

      I will check out your blog now. Thanks for checking back and writing!

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      Dreamer 6 years ago

      Yes it is getting very true. You know ailments such as Altimers and Autism dont exist anywhere but the U.S really. Like we have such a large population and it's growing even bigger here but not anywhere else. I was thinking about doing more research on that actually. But anyways if you want to see some of my oppinions on things here's my blogged. Not quite as detailed as your's however. http://www.exotickat.blogspot.com/ I might try and stay in touch for more info. I guess as a Culinary Student I want to know what is in our food. Perhaps I can be one of the only cafe's in America that has Food that is actually healthy and homegrown. haha ^_-

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      What a legacy we are giving American children - chronic ailments.

      Back in the 60s the popular slogan was 'you are what you eat' - it has never been truer. We are eating more processed foods, more GM food, foods with no nutritional value because our soil is devastated - and I'm appalled to see that breakfast cereals made by Kellogg's still have high fructose corn syrup - something we are never supposed to eat. Then add cow milk to the cereal which has bovine growth hormones.

      When I lived in S. Korea every meal including breakfast was real food - no packaged cereals. It was this way when I visited my grandmother's farm back in the 50-60's. Real food: rice, vegetables, a protein - my mother went out early and picked wild blueberries.

      Hope you share your blog with us. Thanks for writing!

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      ~Dreamer~ 6 years ago

      Actually A study shows that many children are getting diabetes (My friends little girl is 7) Because all the sugars that their parents give them constantly. To much sugar is becoming a large source of the diabetes cause. My friends little girl has to have 3 shots a day cause of this :( I think a lot of it is Americans do not watch what they eat, they should be more aware of things like this (I'm so blogging about this to try and make people more aware)

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you ~Dreamer~ your comment is appreciated. Diabetes is not only epidemic here in the U.S. people are beginning to think it's just part of getting older. Good grief!

      I read recently that 80% of USA food has no nutritional value. I'm not surprised that we are morbidly obese, chronically ill and just all around simple-minded. Sigh.

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      ~Dreamer~ 6 years ago

      you know I just recently started Culinary school to cook and of course had to go through my servsafe exam. I always had a problem with food in the U.S but I never looked up so much info. till a friend of mines daughter became diabetic. He started looking up all this stuff on it and telling me so I decided to have a look myself. I knew the food processing plants were corrupt but reading about that meat just makes me wanna be a vegitarian. O-o Glad i'm in the pastry part of Culinary even though i have looked up many things on sugars used in produts. Looks like i'm going to be changing my sugars for my sweets now.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You've probably heard that millions of pounds of ground turkey have been recalled. Only thing we need for survival is food and water - and both have been so thoroughly industrialized.

      Thanks for writing!

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Honestly, I grew up eating very little meat, and the practices of companies makes me not even want to eat much of it ever again.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I am so glad RunAbstract that you are writing about this topic as well. We have to keep it current lest people think food is improving - it is not.

      And of course the whole problem is that this is kept quiet - there is no labeling required because if we were informed I think most people would simply not buy.

      Ah,and how well I remember when Reagan said ketchup is a vegetable - and that stuff now has high fructose corn syrup which we should never eat.

      And yes, the sickness of our children - their immune systems are being destroyed.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      RunAbstract 6 years ago from USA

      You know... when I was in public school many years ago our lunches were real meals. A meat, 2 veggies, rolls, and maybe jello or cake, along with milk.

      And then I remember as a young adult thinking, "Is this a joke?" When our then commander in cheif decided a packet of catsup was to be considered a vegatable in school lunches!

      Now school lunches have become nothing more than "fillers" to stop hunger pains, and have nothing to do with nutrition!

      That on top of the CRAP that make up school food is disgusting!

      Why are we in this country being fed this terrible food without being educated to make wise choices?

      I wish I had read this article a year and a half ago!!! Because I was honestly completely unaware of GM foods until late last year! And I CARE about what I eat and serve!

      I haven't owned a microwave in years. I buy all my dairy and beef products from a company that only grass grazes the livestock. (Except for one brand of kosher hotdogs we eat.) But it seemed a moot point when I realized we had been eating GM vegetables UNKNOWINGLY!!!

      We are betrayed by the people who produce this nasty food! Nature is betrayed! We are betrayed by the officials who allow this food to be "dished" out to an unsuspecting public without educating us about what has been done to our food supply. And there in NO WAY, in my opinion, good results will be seen in the long run!

      I know one young mother with a 2 year old baby who spends more time at the doctor's with her child than you can imagine! This baby suffers from constant congestion, allergies, diarrhea, and is behind on weight gain and growth. But how can a child grow when the little body spends all it's energy on trying to stay well? Do I think this baby shows all these symtoms because of diet? Absolutely!

      Plus the program, WIC, that this young mother is involved with only allows certain brands to be "bought" with the WIC vouchers. And if you ever notice in the supermarket which products are tagged as "WIC approved", it's always the cheapest brands on the shelf! Never an organic product! It makes me sick! And this kind of thing is making babies sick in their formative years!

      It's an outrage and a shame that our precious children are the "fall guys" here, in the bread basket of the world!

      Your information is vital! Everyone needs to know what is happening with our food supply, and hence our people, especially the kids! Please keep up your efforts! I sincerely appreciate you!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome philipandrews188. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for commenting!

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      philipandrews188 6 years ago

      Love his hub! Thanks for sharing.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're very welcome elija-god! Thanks for writing!

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      elija_god 6 years ago from Abuja, Nigeria

      This hub is too loaded,Thanks for the the Info

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome and I am your follower too - great hubs you have. You know a chef pointed out to me this his specialty is soups but they no longer have that delectable aroma and he suspects that it's the GM vegetables. What a horrible thought.

      Thanks for writing - I will be checking out your hubs as well.

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      Lee Raynor 6 years ago from Citra Florida

      Very informative article. The real disgrace is that GM food is showing up in so much of our food supply. Any soda or baked product or cereal sweetened with HFCS is made with GM corn. I've written hubs on the same topic.

      Thanx for this and a new follower!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks MarkMAllen15!

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      MarkMAllen15 6 years ago

      Great article.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome joffytjomasom9. I have no reason to believe a profit driven chemical company is better than nature. They like to say there is nothing to indicate GM foods are harmful. But that is not the question. The question is "Is it healthy?" No answer to that. I didn't know Japan embraced GM foods.

      Thanks for commenting.

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      joffytjomasom9 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing about this a hundred in good health.The problem with GM foods is that there is simply not sufficient research It has been embraced in Japan for over three decades, but E.U. bans still .Thank you for sharing.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Me too - we never had all these problems when we had real food. My elders live to be a hundred in good health. Of course this pollution is a serious problem.

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      Elena@LessIsHealthy 6 years ago

      I do believe cancer is related to food.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for sharing that information - if we didn't spread the word - how would we know. I'm not a meat eater - gave it up 35 years ago because back then it was horrible - so I can imagine what it is now.

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      irbis 6 years ago

      Hi there, I have just read an article in www.lovefood.com called The secret cloned meat in your food by Kirsty Page. I believe everybody should read it, as it appears we all have been eating cloned meat for some time without being aware of it. I detest the way politicians and big corporate businesses are treating us!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This industrialization of food is destroying us and our environment. I'm appalled at the lack of responsibility. Greed and stupidity - what a combination.

      Thanks for writing. I can keep up with you now!

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      bbqsmokersite 6 years ago from Winter Haven, Florida

      The simple answer? Greed. This, in combination with the fact that so many of our "food regulation" officials were once also paid employees of major US food production companies.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      What a horror story irbis. The problem here too is with labeling - companies do not have to specify what the product is. We are going to have to move as far away from this industrialized food as possible. Good grief!

      Thanks for you input. Comments like yours keep us all informed.

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      irbis 6 years ago

      I liked your hub very much! I live in the UK and I have read a few days ago in the national press, that Brussels had passed cloned meat for human consumption. And the manufacturers will not have to specify on packaging that the meat is cloned. Very unsettling since we all know how long cloned animals live! Brussels is also quietly lifting all the bans on genetically modified crops one by one. Something is very rotten in Europe as well!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome SUSIE405. You know practically every time I turn on the tv or check print media - there is something else banned in Europe but not here. Recently, it is many more food dyes that we continue to use. I'm hoping we will not continue to buy these processed products.

      Thanks for writing!

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      SUSIE405 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Thanks for the information.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're so right of course. I'm actually insulted that our food quality is so poor, even dangerous and the very existence of it is deemed okay. Nice to meet you by the way - thanks for writing!

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      jwilliford 6 years ago from U.S.

      Hi there, You make some great points- points that I have thought of myself. Yet, I would like this extended to all people in the U.S. including our children. It's just so sickening all the dyes, sugar and high fructose syrups added to food that don't need it or could go without it. Sodium content are ridiculous and contributing to physical/ internal illness as well

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Certainly student loan - it is nothing more than processed garbage -the sodium on the shelves and in all processed foods. I've always enjoyed real sea salt and never had a problem with high blood pressure.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      student loan 6 years ago

      I think it's the salt we are craving bbpaul8888 - but the salt used in all processed foods is like salt/sodium on the supermarket shelf - more processed garbage - and that type of salt is wreaking havoc on our bodies - we need real quality sea salt.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Nice to meet you ahostagesituation. I'm glad you found the information useful even if unnerving. I don't understand how we can give this food to our children - even if we as adults don't care about our own health.

      My all time favorite book - The Color Purple - not just the truth but the amazing way Alice Walker told the story through letters - brilliant. Great to meet you by the way!

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      SJ 6 years ago

      This is...unnerving, and really written! I became your follower, and subsequent reader, due to this statement written on one of katywhowaited's hubs:

      "It makes me think of my favorite book 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker, written entirely in the form of letters. Amazing. Yet it angered many people - she only told the truth.?"

      Read the book in my teens, and I have no idea why it pissed so many people off. But I totally agree with you, and it's one of my favorites.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you so much for your great words of support RunAbstract. It saddens me how poor our food is but we still line up to buy it. And when you think about it - whatever we pay for it is too much because it has little or no nutritional value - we are not saving at all.

      And look how sick our babies and children are. If food is health - then something is wrong with our food.

      Thanks for writing and being part of the solution and not the problem.

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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

      BkCreative, thank you for being a voice crying out to the masses! This is such a timely and important article! I think the only way for the food industry to hear what the public wants is to demand it! And the best way to do that is to stop buying the crap they are selling. Yes it makes shopping harder, and at times a little more costly, but the benefits are overwhelming!

      Please keep up the good work! And thank you!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much bayoulady. By now you have probably heard that billions of eggs have been recalled - we just have to stop this industrialization of food. These companies have had numerous violations.

      Good food means good health - but we don't have what should be our most basic right - healthy food.

      Thanks for commenting. I'm enjoying your hubs as well.

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Wow! I just stumbled on this hub. Amazing reporting! I had NO idea about what happened to recalled beef. I see some more interesting hubs that I want to read this week. I started to bookmark them, but I think I just need to follow you, that way I won't miss a hub!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Ugh the farm raised salmon - can we get any worse? Is there something worse Plumber Manchester? We are going to have to be totally responsible for our foods here in the US. Unfortunately what we are testing is know to be carcinogenic - so the testing seems to be 'just how much garbage can we take.'

      Thank you TheVacationLady. I totally agree and just got through working on a hub explaining why we need to return to the earth for our food. What is being done to us is disgusting - but as adults we have some control but our children don't so we have to effect some change. Great to meet you by the way!

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      TheVacationLady 7 years ago from Everywhere

      Ugh, it is so disgusting the things that Americans consume and that we are able to buy. Everything is processed, packaged, fried and gross. Being a vegan, I practically live on fruits, vegetables and whole grains and most everywhere else in the world also builds their diet around foods other than meat byproducts. Why is that Europe would ban food that America doesn't? Makes no sense unless "people" in charge really care nothing about the dwellers of the country. Excellent hub!

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      Plumber Manchester 7 years ago

      It seems the US is a testing ground for "new" foods. You are clearly passionate about what you do and have an exceptional hub.

      Have you seen the new salmon they "created"?

      Simply awful.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      It is, Ardyss Nicole, for lack of better words 'food for thought' - we just have to demand better than this. And we have to ask ourselves why we have tolerated this for so long.

      Thanks for writing!

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      Ardyss Nicole 7 years ago

      OK, I am about ready to give up meat.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much 4FoodSafety. I'm so glad we now have forums to spread the word. Thank for commenting.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Fontana, WI

      Oh, what we must learn to be healthy - very helpful Hub! Excellent once again!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I agree thelistlady - our children certainly deserve better. I just read yet another report about how our girls are developing at age 9. And men should be especially concerned because the toxins are...well eliminating men. There are so many reports and studies on the effects of toxins on humans - of course we are totally ignoring the other animals being wiped out.

      Thanks for your comment!

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      TheListLady 7 years ago from New York City

      I am not at all surprised. I have been saying this for years and have been called a 'cynic!' Why is the truth about our toxic industrialized food supply with all the harm it is doing to our health - so hard to accept? If we accept these facts - we can finally do something to effect change.

      We should be ashamed to allow our children to be subjected to these toxins.

      Great hub! Thanks so much!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're very welcome fucsia. I'm glad you found the hub useful. Thank you for writing!

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      fucsia 7 years ago

      your hub is very important ... we need to know the truth in order to make free choices, particularly if we talk about our health. Thanks!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So true Livesmart360 - I can still see that toilet seat - it will never go away. I know so many nurses who have been injured in the hospital trying to move patients - patients who are suffering ailments because of their obesity.

      Thanks for your Yikes, too!

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      Livesmart 360 7 years ago

      Yikes,

      now they are supersizing the toilet seats. Why are we building the infrastructure that supports our ridiculous eating habits. Great hub.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much for your comment Ardyss. It seems we are not learning. I went to a community meeting held in a hospital auditorium and happened to glance into a patient bathroom and the toilet seat was...3 feet wide!!! It took my breath away. But I am sure these custom made toilet seats are necessary in hospitals for patient care - but yikes!!!

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      Ardyss 7 years ago

      This is a prime example of why they call us fat americans...

      we've got to do a better job of protecting ourselves from ourselves. thanks for the article.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks Body Magic! Your reading and commenting is certainly appreciated!

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      Body Magic 7 years ago

      I like the fact that you brought up Dyes and specific types of dyes in this article. I think people need to take into account all aspects of artificial content in their foods, especially dyes. Smart writing

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for that input Lord Bryan. I do remember when I was in England and visited Tesco's with my Cousin Roger - everything was marked down that evening. I couldn't believe it - all the bargains and perfectly good fresh food.

      We have a long way to go here in the US. We have opted to turn the responsibility of our food over to unknown sources and they have used and abused us.

      I think we get it now. Our health is too important to not take total control of. Thanks for your input!

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      Lord Bryan 7 years ago

      Something that I find curious, here in the UK, ALLLLL food is labled with sell by dates and use by dates. Not in the USA. Why, I wonder? If you go to the supermaket here later in the day, they are getting rid of freshly cooked foods or or other things that have to be sold by that date. NOT used by. Why can't this be done in the US? Money reason, I am sure. I'd say, 90% of what we eat is from the fresh food market. We eat so little of anything processed in our homes.

      Lord Bryan

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So glad to meet you and I so appreciate all you are doing and writing.

      I tell you when I used to go to my Grandmother's farm in NC, like 50 years ago - everyone was super healthy, strong, slim, glowing, - no such thing as dementia in my elders, and it was common to live to be a healthy 100. Now when I visit that same community half the people are on dialysis, the rest are crippled or disabled by some disease - so no "It is not genetics" - this is diet and environment. It's painful to see people disabled in their 40s and 50s. They have been told it is part of the aging process. Such nonsense.

      Thanks for commenting. I'm looking forward to your first 100 hubs!

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      My 2 Sense 7 years ago from Rosemount, MN.

      Thanks for your comment,

      This struck a chord:

      "Yet, the medical profession will tell us it is genetic."

      In our 2 year quest, we saw around 15 M.D.'s and medical professionals, none of them mentioned toxins. The only 2 that did were the last 2, and that was only after they were quizzed by my wife, the information was not given to us as a possible diagnosis, but merely something that we could try.

      That really gives me cause for concern.

      I have become a follower

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much for your input My 2 Sense.

      All we have suffered through is just a reminder that we are no more than consumers in the scheme of things. But having said that it does give us the power of the dollar - if we would just wield it. It's good we can share so much information on the internet. I think it may be making a difference.

      Thanks for commenting. Nice to meet you by the way!

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      My 2 Sense 7 years ago from Rosemount, MN.

      Hi,

      I enjoyed your article. Toxins in home cleaning supplies and Personal care products can really mess up a child's life and make living no fun. This is our story with home toxins:

      http://hubpages.com/t/12d573.

      The worst and most widely used toxin is formaldehyde, and the industry uses about 15 different names for this chemical so you won't easily recognize it. They really care about us, don't they:

      (NaturalNews) The FDA Handbook is the standard for regulations in the US regarding the manufacture of food and drugs, including cosmetic and skin care products. It is interesting to learn that this handbook actually allows the use of known harmful ingredients in the creation of cosmetic and skin care products.

      In fact, almost any ingredient is permissible in cosmetics and body care products, as evidenced by these quotes from the FDA Handbook:

      This is an excerpt from:

      http://www.naturalnews.com/025531_dioxane_ingredie...

      Doesn't sound like the government is very concerned either.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for reading and commenting Romana50. As a former full time teacher I saw all the serious health issues with our children who are truly living on junk. And you're right now they are all being treating for assorted diseases with no effort made to address causes.

      It is really cruel when you think about it.

      Thanks for your input!

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      Romana50 7 years ago

      Great hub! I read such infos years ago and,I have to admit,I thought the author must be exagerating (Jim Hightower). Now,you are bringing it back to my attention and seems to be painful-terriffying real. No wander so many children treated for Bipolar disorder and locked for behavioral problems. The whole poisonous chemistry in the food is messing up the whole hormonal regulation,I think.

      Desgusting commercial- business-oriented ,masochistic society!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Just guarantee us the right to quality and we'll be fine. The fact that food corp's can be deceptive in labeling and uncaring with quality shouldn't be acceptable. Sure, let me eat a potato but if it is GM give me the choice - which we don't have.

      Nice to meet you by the way!

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      Marymagdeline 7 years ago from Rocky Mountain wilderness

      I believe that no one, least of all the government should start telling people what they can and cannot eat - the more we decide on diets - food that's good for you - the more obsese North Americans are becoming. Something isn't right here.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome festersporling1 aka Daniel - thanks for commenting!

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      Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      A nice read. Thanks.

      Daniel

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome dpfitzell. I'm glad you found the hub informative. Thanks for writing.

      I appreciate your praise GmaGoldie - thanks so much. I just read that tons of processed foods have been recalled because of hydrolyzed protein - seems it has salmonella. And yes, yes, yes, - the consumer rules. We have to demand quality and we will get it. Already I am seeing changes. It's a shame that such deceit has been legal - and lies by omission are perfectly acceptable.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Wow! Every American needs to read this Hub! Awesome! I try as I might to tell my clients - first class foods only - that processed stuff is horrible! The consumer rules in the US - and we haven't yet figured it out! We are being sold! Excellent article! Have bookmarked and must reference sometime very soon! Excellent!

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      dpfitzell 7 years ago from North Dakota

      very informative hub. Thank you.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm glad you found the information informative, thegreenerme. You may be interested in knowing that a lot of it is being recalled, millions of pounds that have been on the shelves since 2008. The Obama administration has added more food inspectors, and even signed a law to compensate small farmers that were intentionally driven out of business by bigger food conglomerates (a USDA fiasco) - leaving us with less small farmer's and fewer choices.

      It amazes me that we can be deceived legally. Fortunately, we the consumer, can effect immediate change.

      Nice to meet you by the way.

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      thegreenerme 7 years ago

      I always thought there was something odd about cheap beef in canned soups, now we know why! The fact that beef can be repurposed is disturbing. This is one of the most important topics of today and it just gets completely ignored in the United States. Frustrating!

      Thank you for all of this information, this should come as a wake up call to a lot of people.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much cw-star! I know how long Kevin Trudeau has been condemned. I just don't understand why we don't want to hear, as individuals, another side of the food/and pharmaceutical industry. It amazes me that deception is perfectly legal. Why isn't this called terrorism since it destroys so many of us? And how can we allow this brutality when it comes to our children. It is unconscionable - but legal(???). No listing of over 1500 ingredients? Legal still?

      Finally, so many comments have shown that people are willing to effect individual change and have left some great comments - yours included. It's the only way change will happen - it is totally on us.

      Thanks for taking the time to write and for your input!