Available Now
MetroKids
Jul 3, 2013
06:00 AM
MomSpeak

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.

Add your comment:
Advertisement

About This Blog

Outstanding Delaware Valley mom bloggers share insights about their kids or themselves, family experiences or ways they handled parenting situations. Their items — often reposted from their blogs — reflect everyday experiences that anyone can relate to rather than political viewpoints or belief systems.

MomSpeak Contributors

Trish Adkins, Yoke
Jennifer Auer, Jersey Family Fun
Stacy Heenan Biscardi, Wifty & Shifty
Hillary Chybinski, My Scraps
EJ Curran, Four Little Monsters
Darla DeMorrow, The Pregnant Entrepreneur
Rachée Fagg, Say It Rah-Shay
Raya Fagg, And Starring As Herself…MRSRFKJ
Erin Flynn Jay, Mastering the Mommy Track
Marion Kase, Helicopter-Caterpillar
Jean Ladden, Jean's Book Reviews
Brie Latini, ( . . . a breezy life)
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
Sandra Telep, West Philly Mama
Marissa Kiepert Truong, Land of Once Upon a Time
Lisa Weinstein, The Mixed Up Brains of Lisa Weinstein
Shivaun Williams, Dar Liomsa (In My Opinion)
Paige Wolf, Spit That Out!

If you are a Philadelphia-area mom blogger and would like to contribute to MomSpeak, please e-mail editor@metrokids.com.

 

More on this topic »Mom Matters

Mommy Blogs

Mommy Blogs

MK's mommy bloggers share why they find the act of online journaling so rewarding.

More on this topic »Mom's Health

Beyond Mammography

Beyond Mammography

The pros & cons of tomosynthesis, breast MRI, computer aided detection and automated breast ultrasound to diagnose breast cancer in women who have dense breasts or a family history of the disease.

MK Memo

MK Memo: Moms Know
School Days: Don't Forget Your Resilience

School Days: Don't Forget Your Resilience

Why resilience is an important tool for school success

Comments

Animals Inside Out & a New World for Elmo

Animals Inside Out & a New World for Elmo

A preview of two new Franklin Institute exhibits — Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out and Sesame Street Presents: The Body

Comments

October Preview

October Preview

MK's editor previews the October issue, with stories on the benefits of failure, education and Halloween fun

Comments

Study Skills: An Integral Part of Learning

Study Skills: An Integral Part of Learning

Expert tips on how to diagnose whether your child has a study skills problem

Comments

What Is Constitution Day?

What Is Constitution Day?

All about Constitution Day, Sept. 17

Comments