It sounds like a sequel to the 1973 movie Soylent Green. Yet, many food safety watchdogs are warning that it’s possible that some foods you eat could contain human DNA. Has life truly begun to imitate art? Do Frankenstein foods now mean that the warning phrase “soylent green is people” must also be modified to “rice and gummy bears are people”? As horrifying and repulsing it may be to most people, it’s true that human DNA is in some food products, including gelatin and in a few cases, crop medicines!
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When you go to sleep at night, chances are you’ve had a full meal earlier that evening, but every night almost one billion people in the world go to bed hungry. (1) There are over 30 million Americans that fall into this statistic, 13 million of them are children. While there are several assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), children are still going to bed hungry for various reasons, such as income just above the poverty line, that disqualifies a household for food stamps and other federal assistance. Undernourishment brings a set of problems that impact the person’s ability to function and work in order to earn a living and improve their living conditions. Malnourished people suffer from weakened immune systems and fall victim to disease more readily. Undernourished children are also at a developmental risk that will impact them for their entire lives. The UN (United Nations) statistics on world hunger reveal that one out of seven people in the world don’t have enough food to live a healthy and active life. In America, one out of four children lives in what is termed as food insecurity, which means not always having access to food. (1) Of all the statistics, the most alarming and devastating is the one posted on the Seed Programs International (SPI) website: “Every year more than 10 million children die of hunger and preventable diseases – that’s over 30,000 per day and one every 5 seconds”. (2)
Earlier this month, our very own Gabrielle Pickard interviewed Adam Eidinger, the media spokesperson of the activist group known as Occupy Monsanto. Occupy Monsanto, like many other “Occupy” movements, is a rapidly expanding global network of individuals that are concerned about the real safety of genetically engineered foods. These groups are particularly concerned about the efforts by food companies and even officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent the labeling of foods in the supermarket that are genetically engineered. Occupy Monsanto isn’t the only organization taking on big food makers like Monsanto that want to cover-up the proliferation of genetically modified foods in the supermarket. Another non-profit organization known as the Non-GMO Project seeks to preserve and build “sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers and providing verified non-GMO choices.” This is essentially a grass roots effort to provide an important labeling service for the American people that the country’s own Food and Drug Administration has failed to do – to label GMO foods in the supermarket. Even though monopoly food companies like Monsanto have strong-armed distributors from labeling foods as genetically modified, there is no legal requirement preventing food producers that make non-GMO foods from labeling their food as non-GMO. The effort by the non-GMO project is two-fold. First, it’s to educate the public about the existence of genetically modified foods and the potential health issues related to eating them. Second, it’s to produce a respected stamp-of-approval of “Non-GMO” for those food producers that are dedicated to keeping their products free of genetically modified food products.