ID-100170122I feel that the most important thing people should learn in the modern world is fact finding.  Due to technological advances, most humans (especially in the US) are trampled with information.  This could be advertisements, interviews, reviews, news articles, magazines, social networking, blogs plus everything else you can think of.  The problem is that with this increased stimulation of information, there is also an even greater amount of bad information.  Word of mouth accounts, false reports, endorsements, negative feedback, consumer reviews, viral trends, and outright opinionated information that is spun to sound ‘factual.’

As this relates to food and consumer packaged goods, most people do not have a real grasp of what they are eating. Words like low-fat, low-sodium, cholesterol free, trans fats, GMO’s, preservatives, gums, strange long words on the ingredient statement…your opinion of these things may be negative, but how much of your opinionated conclusion is based on fact? How much is based on what some non-expert told you, or what you read in the news, or from an advertisement paid for by the company trying to sell it to you, or a pro/anti group with their own opinion bias?

I am not here to show support, or to give my negative opinion on these topics, but I will say my opinions of things in the food industry are based on facts.  In some cases, I do not have factual information, but I will NOT supply a stream of negative information because I assume something is bad.  I will stir up the pot with one example, and would love to hear your thoughts on fact finding in the food industry:

There is not enough 3rd party, extended testing done on GMO foods to conclude if it is harmful to the masses.  Everyone has their opinion, and yes, some companies that handle to production of GMO products may not be using appropriate methods to make money, but both sides of the good/bad for you argument do not contain enough information for a valid conclusion.

Thoughts???

Comments
  1. famousfeline says:

    I hope I won’t sound like an ignorant, but is it true that without GMO, the world would experience more famine? I mean, genetic modification leads to faster growth and I guess in some cases better quality of food. So in a way, GMO does have its merits. The question whether organic food is healthier or not remains to be solved, because at one point, the hungry masses need to be fed and health is sometimes not the priority.

  2. kellygetthin says:

    GMO’s are banned in other countries. Why not in USA?

  3. kathyfoote says:

    Feline, I hear what you’re saying. When you say,” . . . at one point, the hungry masses need to be fed and health is sometimes not the priority,” I don’t necessarily disagree. But I thought that this is like saying that drinking contaminated water is better than drinking no water at all. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, yes?

    • Bill Powell says:

      I agree with Kellygetthin. They are banned in a LOT of other countries, and not in the US. There are also other ingredients that are being banned in other countries, but there isn’t as strict guidelines on labeling. So certain U.S. food companies are changing their labels to appease the laws overseas and still shipping the same junk.

      Food dye is also very bad for you. We’ve cut that (as much as we can) out of my house, as well as trying hard to go organic and non GMO. Whole Foods is a home cooks paradise and has a lot of great food.

  4. sheerheart says:

    Everyone does know what GMO means right? Genetically-modified organism.

    If you think about it, when a rancher chooses to breed Cow X to Bull Y he is genetically modifying the outcome of the baby calf. He chose to this pairing because he knows there genetic and phenotypic (physical appearance) makeup compliment each others and a more productive and structurally sound animal will be born.

    In a similar way, if you breed a boy dog with a girl dog, knowing you like the personalities of both dogs but want the puppies born to be a size more in the middle of the male and female, this would be genetically-modifying said organisms. True, you wouldn’t be eating the puppies but the point is we all have the capability to genetically-modify many different things.

    It is easy to hear GMO and think that they are taking a finished product such as a tomato and then injecting it with steroids, preservatives, chemicals, etc.

    The United States is year-in and year-out the most trusted food source in the world. I wouldn’t give that up for anything. These scientists have much more research and education hours under their belt than most of us, so as for I, I will go ahead and read their reports and put my faith in them, rather than what other governments are doing.

    New follower to this blog and love it!

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