I’ve been super busy with school lately with papers galore and books up the wazoo. I am taking an environmental justice course which focuses on food and I quite enjoy it. I’ve been reading about big corporations such as Monsanto and Cargill and GMO’s. I’m writing a paper about animal testing by pharmaceutical companies and I even went as far as throwing away all of our products (shampoo, face wash etc) that have been tested on animals. You may think I’m crazy but its pretty easy to ignore these things in our world today and just keep on trucking. By trying to be healthier, I can really see how corn consumption and GMO’s are the leading cause of obesity in America. What’s more ‘Merican than corn on the 4th of July? Not much but our bodies are consuming more corn (genetically engineered corn) than we can handle!
For those of you who do not know (because I really didn’t) a GMO is a genetically modified organism that causes many health concerns such as living bacteria, cancer, infertility, and immune system disorders. Numerous health problems increased after GMO’s were introduced, including food allergies and digestive issues. GMO’s contaminate the environment which makes our drinking water unsafe and has been linked to global warming. Companies like Cargill have created GMO corn. This corn, the corn you pigged out on the 4th was genetically modified, meaning it was a clone of a piece of corn from a long time ago, most likely more than 30 years ago. The government pays farmers to over grow their corn to keep their farms alive and not go bankrupt. They produce the corn to get paid but they don’t have land left for their animals so they put them in huge buildings with no sunlight so they have space to make corn to feed us and the animals. Monsanto, the creator of Roundup, an herbicide made to keep weeds away, is then sprayed on your food and you ingest this crap. These herbicides are leaking in to our water supply and down south, they actually have an entire MONTH where they cannot give children water from the tap because it is so contaminated.
This is the crap we’ve been putting in to our bodies because its easy and convenient. I live in the middle of the city and I work 40 hours and have a child in sports. I don’t have time to grow my own garden. Just because you buy “organic” doesn’t necessarily mean that your foods are GMO free either. I feel like such a Debbie-downer here folks and I’m sorry. I feel like I’ve turned in to one of those tree-hugging hippies my parents have made fun of all my life. Reading these books irritates me to no end! Here I am, trying to be healthy and eat right but these large corporations are pushing me down. I fight every single day to barely keep my head above water and there they are, holding my head under, drowning me. How can I compete? Well, I’ve started doing my research. I am becoming a conscious shopper. Buying local, making sure that the organic products I am actually buying really are organic. This can be so expensive! One pound of grass feed “organic” beef is $8.99 compared to $3.59 on sale. No wonder Americans are as round as they are tall. I’ve downloaded an app on my phone where I can scan the product and it will tell me if its been tested on cute little bunnies or beagles. I am just one person and this is just one step at a time but you have to start somewhere. May the odds be ever in your favor folks. No more living with my head in the sand.
P.S. If my blog magically gets deleted, you know it was Monsanto 😉