It was only a few years ago while living in Shanghai I realised something was up with some of the foods I enjoyed; specifically, soy. The soy milk I was enjoying in Barbados was not only lily white but also had a "certain flavour" to it while the soy milk in Shanghai was of a light yellow hue with a slightly pungent flavour. I suspect the former was made from GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) soybeans.
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Hippocrates
What The Heck Are GMOs?
According to The Non-GMO Project GMOs are "plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide".
In other words, they are "Roundup Ready" and specifically resist Roundup, the herbicide made by Monsanto, the company which also manufactures the GMO seeds. Roundup is quite a popular herbicide and I've seen the results (brown dead grass mostly and other wild weeds). Why in the world would I want to consume anything that can be sprayed multiple times with Roundup without suffering a similar fate?
Why Should We Care?
GMOs are considered unsafe by many countries and there is an increasing amount of scientific evidence which links GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.
For the bigger picture and as a favour to yourself, please take the time to watch the video and share it with those you love. By the way, which of these foods are in your pantry and cupboards this minute?