You are what you eat

The old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is not true anymore due to the chemicals used to make fruits and vegetables grow in this era. Our crops and livestock, which are supposed to be healthy, are now very questionable due to the genetically modified organisms, also known as “GMO.” 

The website of the anti-GMO project said more than 60 countries around the world including Australia, Japan and all countries in the European Union, have restrictions or bans on the production and sales of GMOs. It was also pointed out that the U.S. government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sales. This means it does not matter what they put in our food, as long as they are making money. 

If it’s cheaper for the consumer, and the corporations are making a lot of money, it seems that there is no problem. People wonder why there are many issues with health and environmental damage and this is because GMOs are incredibly prevalent in the food that we consume. 

Food in general in America is overall bad because of greed and politics that go along with it. Basically all the food we buy in the U.S. seems to be processed, pre-cooked or tampered with one way or another. Many Americans eat out and develop really bad habits, which is most likely why we have the highest percentages in obesity as a country. 

If you did not prepare the food and did not see what ingredients were put into it, then how do you know?  

Restaurants typically use an excessive amount of salt and fat. Some people I know don’t really care what is put into there food as long as it taste good.

When talking to people from other countries I realized how truly bad the food culture is in the U.S. Whenever my family visits from Canada and they grocery shop in our supermarkets, they always make a comment as to how our produce isle is significantly smaller. Many people in Canada run to the farmers market or have a designated store just for produce shopping to get the freshest produce. They are also in shock by the variety of fast food places we have. 

America does not value the importance of organic foods. I grew up in a household where everything was organic, including our ketchup. Buying Skippy peanut butter was a treat. The school lunches I ate growing up were terrible. 

For instance, the pizza cheese was not even real, and there would always be a pond of grease just sitting in the middle of the pizza. Putting this junk into our bodies is just another example that America doesn’t value the importance of healthy eating habits. Once again, as long as  money is made and it is cheap to provide, corporations are satisfied despite the health risks. 

Next time when checking the label on that apple, make sure it is organic or says, “non GMO.” Not only are we protecting our health, but also deciding not to support the corporations that are making unworthy profit.