As the Employee Wellness coordinator at our facility, I try to update our intranet page once a week with healthy tips, challenges, and other items I find around the web and in my brain. Because of some restrictions, I cannot promote a certain product, modality, or individual on our intranet. When I am able to get ahold of material that has been created or vetted through our corporate headquarters, though, I am free to use it on the site. Sometimes this is a good thing, and sometimes it just isn’t. Who would have thought, though, that one of the FAQ articles I found for Nutrition Month would find me face to face with an uphill battle? Let’s see if you can spot the part here that made my skin crawl.
Q: Are GMOs something I should be concerned about eating or feeding to my family?
A: GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are foods in which the DNA has been altered in a way that doesn’t occur naturally, often to create a disease-resistant crop for greater yield. Since most of the corn, canola, sugar beets and soy, in the US contain GMOs, it is no surprise that over 70% of the packaged foods in North America contain GMOs. However scary the term “GMOs” sounds, the practice of “marrying” plants for the purpose of heartier crops has existed in the soil many years before ever it took place in a lab. It has led to the development of foods like navel oranges, broccoli and seedless watermelons. Currently the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consider GMOs safe. Evaluating the long-term effects of GMOs on our health is something that has yet to be determined in science. If the slippery slope of food modification worries you, you can choose to eat organic foods, which prohibit GMOs. More urgently is the simple need to practice good nutrition and pass along healthy eating habits to our families.
That’s right. “However scary the term “GMOs” sounds, the practice of “marrying” plants for the purpose of heartier crops has existed in the soil many years before ever it took place in a lab.”?
Umm. No. No, it hasn’t. Grafting one tree to another, or cross pollenating beans or corn to make new flavors or heartiness is one thing, but Genetically Modifying is something COMLETELY different. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally, e.g. through the introduction of a gene from a different organism.” (emphasis added by BIGZIG).
Monsanto would have us believe that, “A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism the genetics of which have been altered through the use of modern biotechnology to create a novel combination of genetic material. GMOs may be the source of genetically modified food ingredients and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food.”
I think you know where I’m going with this one. Some who read this are fitness/wellness/health professionals and as such are able to sift through the BS out there and understand what is REALLY going on. Others, however (read: clients and potential clients), CANNOT see through it as clearly, and are often BAFFLED by the mis-match of information out there. Rather than just blowing them off as uneducated, ignorant, or stubborn, let’s take the time to show and explain to them the hypocracy that they face in their uphill battle toward eating and living better.
And as long as they ARE facing the uphill battle, make sure they drop that back knee into a lunge and WORK THAT BOOTY! (ahahaha….)