Today, I am researching Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). This has been getting a lot of press lately and I have been reading more and more about them. It is SCARY! Here's the Wikipedia definition:
an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, plants, fish, and mammals. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods,
Genetic modification involves the insertion or deletion of genes. When genes are inserted, they usually come from a different species, which is a form of horizontal gene transfer. In nature this can occur when exogenous DNA penetrates the cell membrane for any reason. To do this artificially may require attaching the genes to a virus or just physically inserting the extra DNA into the nucleus of the intended host with a very small syringe, or with very small particles fired from a gene gun.
Ok. I am NOT a scientist, in fact, that was my least favorite subject in school. So, I'll be completely honest and just tell you that statement scares me. "the insertion or deletion of genes". Just doesn't seem right when we're talking about the food we eat.
Before having children, I didn't think too much about food. When I was hungry, I ate what looked good. If it was a long day at work, we often made packaged dinners. Since my eating over-haul and having kids, we eat mostly "real" foods. (My term for it and my definition). My "real food" is that I don't buy boxed dinners. I don't buy many frozen dinners (every once in a while, you just need something easy, right?) I don't even buy pancake mix anymore (who knew how easy it was to make your own?!) But, I will buy the refrigerated pizza crust instead of making my own (bad, I know, but it's so much quicker!). We do our best to make
I guess what I'm getting at, is HOW are we supposed to know what to eat anymore? Some days I feel like the more I learn, the less I actually know. Did you know there is even an app for the iPhone to help you determine what brands are nonGMO foods? I took a quick look and of course, it doesn't have my kids' favorite cereals (Honey Nut Cheerios and Frosted Mini-Wheats). I've always thought their choices in foods could be worse, but now I am questioning everything. Even bread, flour, etc. UGH.
This site (here) seems helpful, but as with everything on the internet, I'm never quite sure which ones to believe. One of Jeff's favorite sayings that goes through my
How do you deal with information overload? Do you read everything you can and make an informed decision? Or are you more like me and partially bury your head in the sand until you can't ignore it anymore? What are your thoughts on GMOs? How do we keep our kids healthy?