A busy mother of 4, on a tight food budget, never thought she had to think about what she was feeding her kids. If it’s on the grocery store shelf, it should be safe, right? With 4 picky eaters, limited time and a limited budget she didn’t want to hear from anyone what she should eat and especially what she should feed her kids.
Well, this mother learned the ugly truth about our food supply hard way. Every parents nightmare. Finding out that you can’t trust everything you buy at the store. The morning one of her kids got sick and rushed to the hospital eating a “typical breakfast” was one that changed their lives forever.
Her mission to unearth the cause revealed more about the food industry than she could stomach, and impelled her to share her findings with others.
One of the reasons I started this blog was to share information like this with whatever audience was willing to listen. I don’t focus on this information enough. I had to share this video, hoping that many of you will watch it and get behind this cause. Food safety. GMO’s.
Robyn’s personal story is compelling, it’s something I feel very passionate about. I urge you to watch and share!
Robyn O’brien authored "The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It." A former Wall Street food industry analyst, Robyn brings insight, compassion and detailed analysis to her research into the impact that the global food system is having on the health of our children. She founded allergykidsfoundation.org and was named by Forbes as one of "20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter." The New York Times has passionately described her as "Food’s Erin Brockovich."
Some highlights from the video:
- From 1997-2002 peanut allergies have doubled
- 1 in 17 kids has a food allergy
- There has been a 265% increase in hospitalization in kids having allergic reactions
What is going on with our food? When I was a kid, I think I only knew one person with a food allergy. Now, in elementary schools there are sections and tables dedicated to children with allergies so they can eat their lunch safely. Many kindergartens don’t even allow you to bring PB&J sandwiches. When I was in kindergarten I have a fond memory of making peanut butter from scratch and sampling it with my classmates.
A food allergy is when your body sees a protein in food as a foreign invader, then it launches an inflammatory response to rid your body of that invader.
Is there something foreign in our food that wasn’t there when we were kids that has caused this unbelievable increase in attacks?
- New proteins were added in our food starting in the 1990’s to increase profitability
- Synthetic proteins and hormones have been injected into our cows to increase milk supply and drive up sales, but making the animals sick, increasing antibiotic use in those animals
- Milk that is treated with these synthetic protein elevates hormone levels that lead to breast, prostate and colon cancer
Instead of the American government saying “it hasn’t been proven safe” they took the stance of “it hasn’t been proven harmful.”
All 27 countries in Europe do not allow this! Yet, in America, we are eating animals and drinking milk that is making not only the animals sick; it’s making the people who eat those animals and drink their milk sick.
- The United States has the highest rate of cancer than anywhere else in the world
- 1 out of 2 American men, and 1 out of 3 American women are expected to get cancer in their lifetime (how scary is that!??)
- 1 out of 8 women has breast cancer. Yet, only 1 in 10 of those breast cancers is genetic. 9 out of 10 are environmentally triggered.
It doesn’t end with meat and milk is not where it ends. This is only where it begins.
Soy & Corn
One of the other top eight allergens is genetically modified and engineered.99.9% of nonorganic soy in the US is genetically engineered. Engineered to resist weed killer. Grow more product. Sell more product.
I have talked about soy in the past, as I have talked about milk. I am not only talking about people who eat soybeans, and soy products. I am talking about the animals who are fattened up faster by eating soy feed. You simply can not get away from the it!
Corn is regulated by the EPA as an insecticide!
Corn and soy are in everything.
Did you know that our tax payer dollars are being used to subsidize the growth of these toxic GMO crops; while organic farmers who are growing safe wholesome food are being hit with unaffordable fees to have their food inspected and labeled organic (many local farmers still grow organic without the label. You just need to ask!)
What’s wrong with this picture? No wonder organic food is so expensive and not affordable for many American families! People WANT to eat organic, but simply is not in their means.
I don’t know about you but I’d rather my tax dollars were going to those farmers, and not the ones poisoning us! There are not many things I feel more passionately about than food. Not even more-so as a mother.
I was just really touched my this story and presentation. GMO’s is something I have been passionate about for a long time now. I just thought I’d check in and share a few thoughts and this video for anyone that was not aware of this.
I’m on Robyn’s team! Let’s fight to clean up the food supply! Label our food!
I could go on and on about this, but for the sake of making this a somewhat quick post, I will just stop here and say “watch the video.” I know many of you probably have your own thoughts and things to add, so I would love to hear them and get a discussion going in the comments! My intention was to quickly post this and go to bed, but I got caught up and this turned into a lengthy post. Oops!
On a lighter note, I spent the day recovering from our amazing weekend in Baltimore. I will share some highlights and pictures from our trip sometime tomorrow!
A Genetically Modified World by Monsanto (one of my really early posts)
Do One Thing (A simple approach to getting started and clean up your diet)