Simple Explanation of Some Contentious Food Issues

Organic Food –versus- Broadscale Farming (supermarket or greengrocer)

organic food

Ideally there should be no difference between them at the raw unprocessed level … but

· Broadscale farming may be genetically modified (eg Canola), chemically fertilised, toxic pest sprayed, be irradiated, long storage in cold rooms, etc, but you won’t KNOW what you are getting from week-to-week. Current affairs shows often reveal facts about shonky suppliers or shonky storage methods used, eg May 2010 TV stories about the big grocery supermarkets.

· Certified Organic means high standard without harmful practices that may apply to broadscale production.

Most people would choose a broadscale lettuce with no holes in it simply because it looks nicer but we wouldn’t. We would pick the one with evidence of some minor insect attack on its outer leaves because, unlike the broadscale one, it suggests toxic chemicals weren’t used to kill the bugs.

Fresh Organic –versus– ‘Broadscale Snap Frozen’ –or– ‘Broadscale Cooked in the Can’

In the past, the NSW Department of Health has stated there is no difference in their nutritional value and nothing to choose between them. Horse Feathers, all studies so far seen or heard about:

· FAIL to address what toxic chemicals may also be present – see risks of Organic versus Broadscale.

· FAIL to consider the living enzymes so crucial to human health. Snap freezing of living enzymes is probably not the best thing for them and “Cooked in the Can” temperatures simply slaughter them.

Normal Food –vs- the Dangers of Genetically Modified Food – GMO

gmo foodAs a general rule, science is more arrogant than medicine because its reputed mission statement is “To Control and Dominate Nature”. Due to its character of constant change in response to various stimuli, Nature cannot be dominated and the attitudes of those who would try are causing serious doubts about long-term human survival or, even the short to medium term survival.

Example of a risk from genetic modification or interference:

A food plant and a weed were quite different as each had their own unique genetic blueprint that for ease of understanding we will say has been ‘copyrighted’. Genetic modification of a food, eg canola, to be immune to the poisons used on weeds around it invalidates its ‘copyright’ status allowing Canola’s poison tolerating gene to cross between species to the weed that then sees them having the same poison resistance. The canola farmer then has to use more robust poisons that can pass into the food chain, potentially with catastrophic effect on human health. Of course this downside of GMO has been kept carefully quiet. One day, like super bugs, the problem may be too difficult to conceal.

To reduce the risk to humans we all need to send a very strong message about GMO dangers by refusing to buy any GMO food. If enough people refuse all GMO products then there is some hope that the arrogant scientists who would kill us by genetic modification might stop doing it.