Ever since Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle in 1906, have we had so much food adulteration occurring in our food supply. Here is the current problem:
- Food allergies are on the rise that began about 2007. Many allergic reactions can cause a serious health crisis (i.e. anaphylaxis) which can be fatal.
- This anomaly occurs primarily in the U.S. and is less common in most other countries in the world.
- Despite the widely known fact that correlation does not equal causation, research suggests a causative factor may be something in the U.S. environment (food supply).
- The food supply currently has many new ingredients that did not exist in the past; some or one of these may be triggering subtle reactions of our immune system since its primary function is to recognize foreign proteins.
- GMO ingredients are just one of these relatively recent additions and critics suggest a connection with allergic reactions. Another possibility is that intentional food additives have been added without proper safety testing such as emulsifiers, artificial colors or flavors, for example. One unintentional additive includes the explosive use of glyphosate on food crops, and is a widely used herbicide. The World Health Organization suggests it may be carcinogenic although this has not yet been officially established.
- Food allergies are contributing to burgeoning health care costs as well as affecting our health, especially our children.
What can we do? Recent surveys indicate that consumers want GMO labeling and have expressed a growing interest in fewer ingredients and more organic choices. The problem is enhanced by the fact that some of these ingredients are controversial as to their toxicity potential. More clarification is certainly needed.
FYI: A proposal to label GMO foods was on the 2012 ballot in California and designated as Prop 37. By the way, the legislation did not pass. For a previous post, CLICK HERE.