I’ve touched a bit on the topic of food & nutrition lately. Obviously this has a lot to do with my weight loss, fitness and health journey. And in the same subject, I wanted to share a documentary film I just watched.
The documentary is called GMO OMG and it’s about GMOs. Thanks captain obvious, you may say.
But I also know that many of you reading this right now will be just like a dozen or more people at the beginning of the movie; without a real clue at to what is a GMO?
Or why are GMOs such a hot topic of discussion right now?
I have been following the subject for several years now, increasingly in the past three to four years. And it is no coincidence that Claire was born two years ago when we really changed many ways we look at food.
On this update about my fitness journey I mentioned that I try to eat unprocessed food, and home made food as much as possible. We’ve been a little relaxed about the whole thing, but just a lot more conscious.
After watching GMO OMG I want to move to a completely 100% organic based diet. Is that even possible?
I don’t know, it seems like a huge challenge.
I knew a lot of what was said about Monsanto. I hope you know why you should be very cautious with anything that company touches. And unfortunately for you and me, they touch a lot.
What really got to me was the food labeling discussion. In most of the United States, most of the food you eat on a daily basis contains GMOs. The companies that make these foods DO NOT have to tell you that the GMO products are in there.
And many times, they actually disguise the inclusion of GMO ingredients by using nice looking words like “All Natural” when all that means is that some of the ingredients are made from “all natural” products. Meaning they were grown and raised like normal plants and they are not “processed” they say like other competitors products.
So you think oh Yeay! great, all natural. But the fact is that the ingredient itself is a GMO, it was grown naturally but it is not a natural plant.
Some farms that grow corn, the same corn you eat and you feed your kids actually are licensed to grow it but only as a pesticide. That is correct, it’s not a typo and I didn’t make a mistake. It’s late but I’m not that tired.
There are fields of corn that are so high in toxic manmade chemicals that in order for them to operate, they are labeled and treated as pesticide. Yes, the same corn that will be harvested and processed to feed you and your kids is actually classified as a pesticide.
I bet even you mr fancy pants vegan organic non-gmo, sustainable, humanely raised environment aware activist didn’t know.
But Why? Pretty much because the corn has been developed to be a pesticide, it fights bugs and to top it off, when you spray certain pesticides on the plant, everything around the plant dies but the plant itself thrives. And, yes, that’s the same corn you’ll eat a few weeks later in something you’ll buy disguised as all natural, or “enriched” with something!
Believe me, that canned corn ain’t your grandma’s canned corn. Same goes for Tomatoes, apples, and you almost anything you can farm in mass production. If it’s not already a GMO it will soon be.
I hope you have Netflix and about an hour and a half, because you need to stop what you’re doing (as soon as you finish reading and commenting on my awesome blogpost, of course), and go watch this documentary right now.