Hope your week is off to a great start! The next couple of emails I will be a part of a series on GMO’s, Genetically Modified Organisms. This is such a vast topic to cover with lots of information and it’s best if it’s broken up. This random and kind of funny sparked this conversation…
A couple of weeks ago during a pretty hard rain a man came up to the window of my car and said… “Excuse me sir, I’m a homeless veteran and I would like to ask you for some money so I can get a meal from Waffle House”. I reached into my pocket, gave him the couple bucks I had on me and we exchanged well wishes to one another.
Just as I handed him the money a woman pulls up and starts honking her horn to get my attention. She lowered her window, held up a McDonald’s bag and says. “that man told me he was hungry… I just bought him this sandwich from McDonald’s and he won’t take it”. We both kind of shook our heads over the situation and as I drove off two things occurred to me:
1) I guess he really wanted Waffle House
2) Even a hungry, homeless man who’s standing in the rain knows it’s not wise to eat McDonald’s!
The first thing we’ll cover is what makes a food or product GMO.
GMO – are foods that have been changed from the way they would naturally occur.
Here’s a common example – Scientist changing the DNA of corn so it’s resistant to a chemical treatments that a farmer would use to kill insects that traditionally would have also killed a natural grain of corn. GMO foods typically produce more yield and are better for a company’s bottom line because there’s more control over the product.
The major issue is the impact that this has on people after we consume these products and the overall impact it can have on your health over the long term. This is not something that will cause an immediate problem. However, the long term effects are frightening.
Next time we’ll cover the foods and products that are the most common GMO’s, why they are harmful to you and then we’ll get into what types of health problems arise from consuming these foods. Stay tuned….
As always, I appreciate all of the feedback from these messages and be blessed until we speak again!