You and Your Food Company: A Perfect Soulmate? Or A Lying, Cheating Narcissist?

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Is it possible to love someone that has treated you so bad?

I received an email in my personal inbox from a long time reader and Inner Circle member yesterday.

Here’s what part of it read…

“I’m starting to wonder if this anti-GMO crusade is a valid one… I know it’s good to question both sides, but I felt so sure that GMO’s were bad…”

She has been reading some dissenting information on the blog as well as other websites that tout the benefits of GMO foods.

As you probably know, I have a few thoughts and comments on the labeling of GMO foods and Proposition 37. This is one of the most important political moments in the U.S. as it applies to your food and your right to know what you’re eating.

I’ve been covering this hot topic a bunch recently (here). But instead of replying back to her personally, I figured it would be fun to just do it here on the blog — for all to see.

In my comments I cover why I’m not here to argue, why the Internet is not the best source of information, why your food company is like a lying, cheating narcissist and other relevant issues.

Let’s get started…

1. I don’t argue any more.

I’ve mentioned this before, but after my son was born I’m sure of it.

I have a kid. I have a wife. I have two business to run. I have team members to manage. I have a cat. I have to share credible health information. I have to take care of myself. I have to exercise. I have to read. I have to research. I have to write. I have to relax. I have to relieve myself from time to time. I have to drink water. I have to make smoothies. I have to remember to eat sometimes. I have to get my sleep. I have to keep in touch with my family back home. I have to make dinner when Annmarie can’t. I have to spend time with my friends. I have to pay rent. I have to pay student loans. I have to pay a mortgage too.

I have lots of things.

One thing I don’t have, is time or energy to argue.

So I don’t.

What follows is not a point-counterpoint argument based on all the points brought up on every website for and against GMO foods. (By the way, no one ever wins these anyway.) It’s just simply what I’ve distilled from my own personal research on GMOs and my personal code of what I feel is right when it comes to my food.

2. Opinions are everywhere.

On any side of any issue there are opinions. What’s amazing about the Internet is that these opinions are right at your fingertips — literally.

If I wanted to research feminism, I could find plenty of websites about it. If I wanted to find research about why women should stay at home, do laundry, make dinner and serve their man — and not be in the workforce — I’m sure I could find that too. (Though I don’t care to search for that second one at all.)

Both, you could say are extreme (in terms of distance from each other) social stances — one strongly empowered, the other suppressed and dis-empowered. You could likely also find organizations that are dedicated to supporting the cause of both as well.

So when it comes to any topic — religion, diet, ethics, raising skunks as pets — you can find whatever you’re looking for — which is one of the darkest characteristics of the World Wide Web.

If you incorrectly search “why the world is flat” you come up with this page. I’m not saying it’s credible, I’m just saying it’s there — hey, they are a Society…

In a world with as many billions of opinions as there are people, it’s clear that there will be some about GMO. Some people are extremely protective of their food to the level of histrionics and others put all their trust in anything that proclaims it is “science.”

These are the extremes.

Fortunately, in between, is where real discussion — not crazy, emotional arguing — is taking place (I’ll cover that in point 5.)

So remember, you can find any opinion you want. Being on the Internet simply doesn’t mean it’s true.

3. A poor track record of doing good.

When you meet someone for the first time — let’s say on a date — you decide if you like them enough to see them again. That’s how rational people do this type of thing (unless they’re drunk.) If you continue to like them, maybe you get engaged, get married and even have kids.

Over time, you build a good relationship based on trust.

Food companies look at their relationship with us in a slightly different way. They control what is put on the shelves of the grocery store (they force us on a date,) they make sure all the science is favorable to them (tell lies to make themselves look good,) and they leave us little choice to purchase their products otherwise even if they’re harmful (they arrange a marriage knowing they’re going to hurt us like a lying, cheating narcissist.)

Maybe it’s a loose analogy, but the most important thing to note is that history shows food companies don’t have a stellar track record of doing trustworthy things. They’re not exactly our perfect soul mates.

In fact, they’ve almost single-handedly demineralized large portions of the soil in the United States, created the need for toxic pesticides that have killed made people and other creatures sick, they’re destroying the rivers and forests in many ways, and they’ve created environments that can cause massive food contamination. (These are just some.)

What would you do if your boyfriend or girlfriend took all your wealth, poisoned you, stomped on your garden and put poo in your food?

I know the answer.

So why haven’t we dumped them too?

Here’s a quick video to watch…

Here’s another…

4. Lack of common sense denotes crazy people.

One of the biggest gripes from the opposition (food and biotech companies) about Proposition 37 — the infamous GMO labeling law up for vote in November — is that the proposition says processed food should not be allowed to be labeled “natural.”

Yes, I wrote that correctly.

This, by deduction, means the food companies think processed food should be allowed to be labeled natural.

They are arguing that something found is in a box, stripped of its minerals (white flour and sugar and more), and preserved with chemicals derived from a natural source (that could kill you if you ate enough) is natural.

It’s obvious they’re not thinking clearly — and they’re definitely not thinking in your best interests.

It’s possible they’re crazy people. Have you seen “The Corporation“?

5. It’s about wanting to know where food is coming from.

Ultimately, this whole GMO should not be about health benefits or science around GMO.

It’s a request to know the truth. We want to know where our food is coming from and what types of seeds were used. (At least that’s what it is for me.)

But, maybe, I’m extreme.

Personally, I’d love to have a QR code on all the food that I purchase. I could use my iPhone to scan it and the data I saw on the screen would contain either some or all of the following…

  • Where it came from.
  • The mineral and nutrition content.
  • What fertilizers/foods were used.
  • How long the farmer has been in business.
  • When it was picked.
  • How it was shipped.
  • And a rating for quality based on some realistic metrics.

So yes, if GMO seeds are used, I want to know that too.

So voting yes for Proposition 37 (if you’re in California) — or even just talking about it (if you’re not) — is valuable if you are concerned that the food companies have overstepped their bounds and not treated you as nicely as you’d like.

Again, it’s not about the research, it’s about what the consumer wants. It’s about wanting to know what is being done to our food. Then we can make the decision to eat it, after getting all the details.

It’s a simple request, and if you asked a real person a simple question like “where did you get this ravioli?”

You’d want a simple answer, “I found it in a dumpster and washed it off for you.”

You could decide what to do next.

If you asked your food company where they found your pocket pasta, they’d say, “We’re going to pay a ton of money to make sure you never find out.”

Nice people, huh?

Anyway, the point is moot. Shouldn’t we all want labeling of GMO foods? This way those who support GMO technology would be able to go to the supermarket and pick out all those delicious, genetically engineered foods from the grocery without ever purchasing another non-GMO item ever again.

It’s a perfect win-win for everyone.

Your Question of the Day: What details, if any, would you want to know about your food?

Live Awesome!
Kev

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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