Even though we live in the greatest country in the world, we aren’t the greatest in food quality and safety for the foods that we all eat every single day. Our increasingly tainted food supply is unfortunately taking a major role on our public health. Every single day we are exposed to unlabeled genetically modified organisms (GMOs), pesticides and herbicide residues and the biggest most likely threat of all, mycotoxins.
These mycotoxins generate from fungi and yeast that develop on foods grown in microbe-deficient soils that are more the norm than the exception in the U.S. these days. They can lead to nervous system damage, hormone imbalances and cancer. The processed non-organic foods generally tend to be prone to mycotoxin formation.
In addition to our food being a mycotoxic nightmare, it’s also a chemical nightmare because of the additives, preservative and colorful food dyes that are used in much of the foods you find on all the grocery store shelves today. Even though not banned in the U.S., there are some that are banned elsewhere because of their questionable safety profit. Some of these are:
• Artificial growth hormones added to milk (rBHG/rBST)
• Antibiotics in poultry, fish and meat
• Propylene glycol in food and alcohol
• Arsenic in chicken
The United Kingdom and elsewhere have popular food brands that often use completely different ingredients than what we do here in the U.S. to make similar, but vastly different, products that are safer.
The regulatory system in America has been whittled away by special interests that have convinced our legislators that all these toxic food chemicals are safe for consumption and to be sold. A much more precautionary approach with food additives, approving only those shown to be safe, is taken in Europe. The U.S. tends to use a reactionary approach. If you can’t prove a chemical is unsafe, it is considered fair game.
To avoid the genetically modified foods, look for a certified organic label as that is your safest bet. The National Organic Program prohibits the use of GMOs in any organic product. Local farmers and partners with those who’ve made a commitment to using and growing only clean food products are used. If you really want to be safe what you are consuming for your produce, grow your own organic garden with non-GMO seeds and reap the biggest benefits for your health and well-being. It’s all about awareness of the products we choose to buy and use to feed our family.
-Dr Fredda Branyon