GMO’s need to GO
Food, a necessity to everyday life. What if you saw the way the animals you were eating being raised? If you truly knew how the piece of meat on your plate was being raised would you pay a little bit more money to eat something that has been raised naturally? Naturally raised chickens is not the picture that is shown above. Today I will discussing why the GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) is not sustainable for our health. In essence, GMO’s need to GO!
After learning how terrible beef was for the environment with climate change and carbon emissions I constantly found myself eating more and more chicken (one of the cheaper options of chicken, but not frozen chicken). I then quickly started reading package labeling and seeing This led me to a realization that I was eating Genetically Modified Chicken (better known as GMO’s).
Are GMO’s Safe?
In most nations, GMO’s are not found to be safe and have outright bans on the sale of GMO’s. Yet the United States and Canadian Governments have approved GMO due to studies that were conducted by the same corporations that created and profit from their sales. (Non GMO profit).
Factory Farming, the link to a video that shows a brave Farmer, who believes this system of raising chickens has gone too far, yet it is in his contract for him to grow them this way. The video has 2.5 million plus views and is very tough to swallow while watching and after watching. Factory Farm chickens are raised brutally, they do not have access to natural light, they do not have room to move around freely, the sit in ammonia-ridden waste all day, they are routinely fed antibiotics, and they have been raised to be gigantic. They are packing 30,000 chickens in 20,000 square feet which only allows 2/3 square feet per chicken. For the entire 6 week lifespan of these chickens they do not encounter any natural light, while staying in a windowless shed the artificial lighting is kept on them so they eat more to grow faster. To prevent diseases from the super cramped and dirty living spaces they are fed antibiotics daily. Lastly these chickens weigh 9 pounds, yet in the 1950’s the average chicken only weighed 2 pounds. (foodbabe.com)
below is a clip that will open your eyes to the sad truth regarding factory farming.
Over population, the need to feed massive amounts of people, is the main reason we have supporters in favor of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). The hideous truth of GMO’s have blown my mind. Certified Humane tested 300 raw cheap chicken breasts from across the country and found 97% of those breasts they tested harbored bacteria that could make you sick (Certified humane consumer reports). These tests were done in July of 2013, just months before Foster Farms salmonella outbreak drew public-health alert from the Department of Agriculture (USDA). 48 million people fall sick to tainted food every year. (certified humane consumer report). As said by Robert Lawrence, M.D, the Center for a livable Future Professor at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “ Buying those products supports farmers who keep their chickens off unnecessary drugs, and that’s good for your health and preserves the effectiveness of antibiotics. Chickens without antibiotic resistance to salmonella and other dangerous pathogens can’t pass antibiotic-resistant bugs on to you” (Certified humane consumer report).
So now what?/The future
Focusing on the labeling, here is a link that will show you exactly what each label means and if they are true to what they advertise. http://greenerchoices.org/labels/
Labels are often misleading such as “natural” and “no antibiotics”. There is nothing to verify that it is natural, which makes this the most misleading label when it comes to buying chicken. The same goes for “cage-free” no inspections are done nor are any chickens raised in cages in the U.S, it also does not mean the chickens have access to the outdoors and natural lighting.
About organic, “The organic label is meaningful or highly meaningful and verified. It is backed by federal law and regulations that are designed to promote a sustainable system of agriculture. Federal organic standards prohibit the use of synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, genetically engineered organisms, sewage sludge, artificial hormones for growth promotion, animal by products in animal feed, petroleum-based solvents as processing aids, and synthetic food additives in the final product” (Greener choices.org). Understanding the truth about what you are putting into your system is the start in the right direction to staying away from these genetically engineered foods, this takes consistency and a willingness to make the conscious effort to stay away from it.