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Changes in Our Food System

Changes in Our Food System

The first time I watched the movie Food Inc. was over two years ago. It was a life-changing moment. I always had been health-conscious, researched foods and the benefits of good foods, but I didn't educate myself fully on all the toxins hidden in the foods we eat. After seeing how our food system has changed since the late '80s because of Monsanto, it made me realize that we are slowly killing ourselves without recognizing that we are doing anything wrong.

Monsanto created this great little genetically modified organism that they call a "seed." These seeds have been artificially made to increase the food production of the plant and also keep weeds away so that the plant can grow quicker and faster. Do you know what’s in that seed so it produces the way it does? Roundup. That’s right – the stuff we are putting on our lawn that could harm ourselves and animals is now going into the food we eat.

Nearly 80 percent of the corn and 90 percent of the soy we consume are genetically modified. Have you looked at a food label? Most of the processed foods we purchase have corn and soy listed as ingredients. Don't think you are safe just by eating non-processed foods. You also need to worry about the meat and poultry we consume, because those animals are being fed GMO grains which means . . . you guessed it . . . you are then eating GMO meat. So when I go grocery shopping and cook for my family I have four things that I constantly have in the back of my mind.

  1. Know where your food comes from.
  2. If my great-grandmother wouldn't recognize it – DON’T EAT IT.
  3. If my third grader can’t read the label – DON’T EAT IT.
  4. If I want junk food, make it myself from scratch.

Trina O'Boyle is a Drexel Hill, PA mom of two boys. This post is adapted from her blog, O'Boy Organic.

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Trish Adkins, Yoke
Jennifer Auer, Jersey Family Fun
Chris Bernholdt, DadNCharge
Stacy Heenan Biscardi, Wifty & Shifty
Hillary Chybinski, My Scraps
EJ Curran, Four Little Monsters
Darla DeMorrow, The Pregnant Entrepreneur
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Toni Langdon, Tickles and Time Outs
Lisa Lightner, A Day in Our Shoes
Jeanine Ludwikowski, Mommy Entourage
Jeanne McCullough, Mom Hearts Pinot
Trina O'Boyle, O’Boy! Organic
Kelly Raudenbush, My Overthinking
Lindsey Schuster, Sisters to Sons
Sandra Telep, West Philly Mama
Marissa Kiepert Truong, Land of Once Upon a Time
Lisa Weinstein, The Mixed Up Brains of Lisa Weinstein
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