Are you ready for a supermarket filled with genetically edited produce? Over the past few years we’ve been hearing a lot about “super foods,” those fruits and vegetables (such as berries) that contain the most vitamins and antioxidants. All the time we see lists in the media of the best of the best, the healthiest of the healthy. Hence the added title of “super” for the overachieving produce, the ones at the very top of the nutrient dense heap.
Soon you might even be seeing signs in your local supermarket for “super bananas” and other such “super” fruits and veggies. But wait, there is a catch. They are really just trying to confuse you. They want to throw you off your game. They are using wordplay against you.
The fancy sign next to the produce might not be because they fall into the list of super foods. In fact, there is nothing special about “super bananas” at all. They do not wear a cape, nor can they save anyone from a burning building. I promise. Their biggest power might just be the ability to not turn brown and rot.
In fact, you might actually want to be wary of them. Like I said, those signs are trying to confuse you. So here I am, forewarning you to step away from the super bananas.
Are you confused yet? Scratching your head, perhaps? Let me explain.
I’ll fill you in on their hidden agenda. They are called “super” because they are genetically edited. Just like the Hulk.
Imagine yourself in one of those labs, where the villain figures out the secret potion. Now cue the evil laughter. According to news out last week, recent scientific advances allow editing of genomes in fruits and vegetables, raising the possibility that they will soon be genetically altered and sold in a supermarket near you.
Sure, broccoli with added vitamin A sounds lovely at first. Why not buy produce with even more nutrients than usual, right? This is going to be touted as a fabulous new breakthrough, a wonderful opportunity (if you will) to make our nation healthier.
As far as I am concerned, this is all just GMO’s taken to a new level. Fruits and vegetables, and herbs as well, grow in the grown for a given purpose. They were not meant to have chemicals dumped on them, nor were they meant to be genetically altered. They were meant to be eaten. It is a simple as that.
Instead of genetically editing anything, let’s get out of the lab and grow more of the organic kind of produce, and less of the genetically altered, chemically submerged kind. How about that genius plot idea?
Now, I am no eating saint by any means, but I do like to know what is in my food and where it comes from. With that said, I would much rather consume fruits and vegetables that come from the ground as nature intended rather than from a laboratory. This is not a Marvel comic strip.
If the House of Representatives votes this week to allow the DARK Act to pass, we will know longer have the right to know what is in our food. Not just our produce either. We’re talking any foods on the outside shelves of your supermarket, as well as any other items made from them. If you aren’t already aware, the DARK Act will effectively deny Americans the right to know what is in our food, how it is grown, or how it is made. Big Food companies have spent many millions of dollars to get this bill passed. It would make the FDA the only agency that can force labels. It will nullify laws already in place in Maine, Connecticut and Vermont – and ensure that other states can’t pass labeling laws on their own. It also bars any states or local municipalities from passing any laws restricting genetically engineered products.
More than ever, consumers want to know what’s in their food, but this bill will make it nearly impossible. If this is something that concerns you too, please take a moment to tell Congress to protect our right to know. You can also call (202) 224-3121 and tell your Representative to OPPOSE HR 1599. If the line is busy, you can even look up your Representative’s direct phone number http://www.house.gov/representatives/.
This breed of genetically modified, genetically edited crops could mean that produce with added vitamins and minerals, and produce that does not rot, may be making an appearance on grocery shelves near you. Maybe it’s just me, but fruit that stays ripe forever belongs in a painting, not in a stomach. Nor are we going to make anyone healthier by telling them that they can continue unhealthy habits as long as they have one piece of “super broccoli” on the side.
They are referring to this new altering of food as GEO’s rather than GMO’s, with GEO standing for Genetically Edited Organisms. The scientists have said that GEOs will surge as a “natural” strategy for using biotechnology to create a sustainable agricultural future. When I go to the local CSA to pick up my fruits and vegetables, there is nothing about the farm which tells me that agriculture is not sustainable. It is one relatively small but thriving farm in one relatively small but thriving town, and it is serving fabulous organic fruits, vegetables and herbs to a couple hundred local families every single week.
I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather take my chances on a good, old fashioned organic banana that will eventually turn brown. So, if you notice one day that you are standing next in the “super fruit” section of your local market, please put down the super bananas and slowly step away.
Are you ready for a supermarket filled with genetically edited crops? No? Me neither.