Can you believe I’ve been at this for 90 days? Three months ago, I would have thought I’d be much farther along – certainly with more than one 14-day Binge Free Streak under my belt. I know – it’s all about patience.
Last week, I was spraying some dandelions with my favorite weed spray, Round Up, when I noticed the maker – Monsanto.
And then I understood why we have a problem.
Surely there’s no conflict of interest there (sarcasm). And it turns out that truly objective research on the safety of these “Roundup Ready” plants is lacking.
So we can’t be sure that genetically modified (GMO) seeds are producing plants that are safe for us to eat, leading to pressure on local legislators to require labeling of GMO products and public protests like the recent March against Monsanto. While labeling laws keep getting voted down, some food-related businesses are listening – but having a difficult time finding ingredients that aren’t GMO.
It doesn’t help to know that GMO plants are popping up where they aren’t supposed to – like this recent story about GMO wheat growing randomly in Oregon. This one confused me, though. I thought the whole problem with wheat and why I was avoiding it was because of the years of genetic modification that have created what the Wheat Belly followership term “Frankenwheat.” Does Dr. Davis have an explanation?
Of course he does. Semantics. GMO means that a gene was added or removed using gene-splicing technology. Wheat today doesn’t fit the bill – but what has happened is that it has been cross-bred and hybridized with various strains of wheat and non-wheat plants. This cross-breeding occurs under crazy conditions (chemicals, x-rays, etc.) that allow the wheat to mutate.
I get it. Perhaps next time I see a frosted brownie, I won’t see something chocolatey and delicious – I’ll see a poisonous mutant.