These kinds of posts used to be the meat and potatoes (no pun intended) of my blog. Now I focus more on medical school and obstetrics, but I really couldn’t let this pass.
I don’t have the time to go into it in detail now, but apparently GMOs (genetically modified foods) are bad for us, and the companies like Monsanto who did the initial research thought we wouldn’t want us to know about the organ damage produced in rats who ate their GMO corn for only 90 days.
Maybe we might have wanted to know this before the majority of our corn grown in the US was GMO corn. Or, when we agreed we really don’t need GMO status on food labels.
Via Slashdot, hat tip Shakesville.
If anyone wants to argue with me about how only non-science knee jerk types are interested in more research and disclosure on GMO foods, bring it on. If anyone wants to argue about crop yields and starving babies in third world countries…bring it. I had my fluff day off yesterday.
I had a cup of coffee today instead of my usual cuppa tea. On high octane fuel and listening to my favorite morning news show without my protective headgear, I received a double tinfoil hat bomb.
First, the FDA has approved a spray made of six virsues to be added to food such as lunch meats and hot dogs to target Listeria poisoning. Fellow hipmama and all around cool mom dynamom had already alerted me to this freaky news. Not only are these the first viral particles approved as a food additive, but they will not be listed on the label. At all.
When I took microbiology in my former path to medical school, my Ph.D. professor who used to work for NASA explained why she ate organic foods. She was discussing irradiation of food, but I think the same principle applies here. She said much of what poisons us in these infections is due to the toxins released when the pathogen dies and lyses, or bursts open. These are only single celled organisms. The way they make us sick is by reproducing and exploding as their life cycle ends. She was against these new treatments to kill the pathogens because she believed they would encourage even sloppier food handling (i.e. more bacteria reproducing) because people would rely on these “bug zapping” mechanisms, whether they are radiation beams or viral sprays. Ick.
And, bomb number two: a genetically modified organism (GMO) in rice unapproved for human consumption has slipped into the food supply from the United States. Japan, who just lifted its ban of our possibly Mad Cow infected beef has now banned our rice, and Greenpeace is urging all countries to boycott US grown rice. Sounds like we just lost a big market for our scary unapproved rice.
Double sigh. Anyone feel like a bowl of rice? How about a hot dog? What we don’t know can’t hurt us, right? I think I am just going to drink another cup of coffee.