By now, we all know that processed foods aren’t the greatest thing for us to eat. But just how not great are they? Sure, the labels may list a dangerous preservative here; a dangerous preservative there, but the Food and Drug Administration is not telling the full story. According to activist group Just Label It!, it is estimated that two-thirds of processed foods contain genetically engineered ingredients. Plus, over 80% of corn and soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically engineered. Not to mention that the majority of the livestock we consume have been raised on genetically engineered grains and antibiotics.
Isn’t that alarming? People do have the right to choose what gets put in their body; but what if you don’t know what it is? You could be potentially harming yourself without even realizing it. The maddening thing is, the FDA is a government agency designed to regulate what goes in your food, they are the ones who determine what is safe for consumption and what is not. Clearly, they have not been doing the best job. Aside from not telling you what exactly is in your food, the FDA has also backed down from stopping antibiotic abuse on factory farms, bypassed a deadline to decide what exactly is and is not gluten-free, considers High Fructose Corn Syrup to be natural (it was invented in a laboratory in 1957 and may contain mercury. How natural is that?) and have gotten birth control manufacturers in hot water AND many women very sick thanks to harmful ingredients THEY allowed to be put in pills.
So how can we get the FDA to do what it is supposed to do–help us determine what is safe and what is not in terms of our food, toiletries and medications? Fight. Write letters, make phone calls, sign petitions, inspire friends to join in the fight, do your own research–there’s so much one can do! Remember–just because they are a government agency does not mean that they are the be all and end all. They’re not telling you what is in most of what you eat, so why bother listening to them anyway? Would you rather be informed, or harming yourself without realizing it because you thought you were eating something good, that the FDA said was okay? No way!