FDA Announces Some Crazy Stuff!
There was a fairly explosive announcement this week from the FDA that they were approving for human consumption a type of salmon that is the result of genetic engineering.
On top of that they have also announced that they see no reason to enforce any kind of labelling for any GMO product.
Clearly the FDA seems to have forgotten exactly who they are supposed to be serving.
Overwhelmingly the public have indicated that even if they choose to purchase and consume GMO foods they think that food should be labelled as such.
The FDA ruling on the salmon is particularly disturbing because the only criteria they seem to have addressed is whether or not it is safe to eat it.
I really wish everything in life were that simple!
This is clearly a case of passing the buck and caving into commercial interests.
Even the CEO of the company that has produced the GMO salmon said they were caught completely by surprise by the announcement.
When you read stuff like this you really have to ask yourself whether we as a species have learned anything at all.
OK, maybe the fish is safe to eat but what will be the effect on the natural fish stocks and ultimately the environment when this frankenfish gets out into the world.
Notice I said “when” and not “if.”
You see a GMO species like this is just so genetically dominant through the engineering process that in all likelihood it will wipe out anything that would compete with it and by that I don’t just mean similar fish.
I mean ANYTHING!
And make no mistake about it, this fish will get out into the wild eventually and it will only be then that we see what the consequences are.
The harsh reality of that is that those consequences will either be no consequences (unlikely) or really, really bad.
- Fda Approves Genetically Modified Salmon
- Fda Denies Citizen Petition Demanding Mandatory Gmo Labeling
Genetically Engineered Cancer-Fighting Algae
Carrying on the genetic theme of this week’s post, I referred earlier to the recent ruling by the FDA to approve for human consumption a type of genetically modified salmon.
I personally disagree with this ruling for a number of reasons and I particularly disagree that the FDA feels it is unnecessary to label any GMO food products as being or containing GMO products.
I feel the public has the right to choose and the right to be adequately informed as to what choices they are making.
I do not however blanket reject the science of genetically modifying things under any circumstances.
That’s just throwing the baby out with the bathwater!
What has to remain clear here is that although the process of genetically engineering things is the same, there can be a number of outcomes being sought far beyond the scope of food production.
In fact at the moment there many, many projects underway using the technology of genetic modification for many good reasons.
Check out the video below for just one of them.
Do People Still Use this Stuff?
I was completely unaware that people still used this goop!
For me I think the last time I ever had in my possession a jar of it was when I casually read the label one day.
It said Petroleum Jelly!
It didn’t take me long to figure out for myself that to apply an oily substance like that which was somehow derived from the oil refining process was probably not a really good idea!
As it turns out the stuff is probably way worse than it sounds when you remove the brand name and call it for what it is.
The Power of Probiotics
There are a number of contentious health issues at the moment where it seems that the experts and just about everyone else are going around and around in endless circles.
Sugar, meat, carbs, they all seem to swing from OK to not so good to very bad to they will kill you and then back again.
One thing that I have noticed over the years of watching this space is that all too often we tend to go for some kind of direct link from one thing to another.
For example eating fat makes you fat.
Now maybe there are a number of factors with modern health that can be looked at in that way but I personally think that when you are dealing with something as complex as the human body there is a good chance it is not going to be quite that simple.
Recently there was an excellent example of this playing out.
There was an original study done on the relationship between eating oats on a regular basis and a reduction in the chances of developing some kind of heart disease.
There was nothing particularly exceptional or exotic about the study itself.
They just put a bunch of people on a diet that was rich in oats, oats for breakfast was pretty much the main thrust of it.
Anyway, the findings showed that not only was there a reduction in the indicators that would predict heart disease in a person, there was a dramatic reduction.
This led to other similar studies and in the end it was deemed pretty conclusive that oats as part of your regular diet will reduce your chances of heart disease.
That inevitably led to the search for why.
No-one could work out why oats were having that effect.
Over the following ten years a bunch of studies were done that were mainly aimed at the effect of the oat diet on the blood and circulatory system in general.
Because of that constant search for the direct cause and effect factor.
It wasn’t until about three years ago that a group in the U.K. did a study on what the effects of the oats were on the digestive system itself.
To their surprise they found that the internal bacteria of the people doing the study absolutely thrived under the oats regime.
As a result of their increased numbers, activity and diversity a whole range of substances were being produced in the gut that were having a direct and beneficial effect on the body’s ability to deal with food in general and maintain a natural balance.
So in that case the actuality of the situation was that the oats did not improve heart disease risk factor directly but, the oats did benefit the intestinal bacteria and the benefits flowed on from there.
There have been similar studies done showing promising results in areas of heart disease, autism and a whole range of modern maladies that may in fact be connected to the overall health and function of the gut.
Horses for Courses
No real surprises here from a study done regarding the way people individually deal with certain foods especially in relation to blood sugar levels.
The study found that there was a wide variation in what foods or types of foods caused spikes in blood sugar levels.
The upshot of all of this being that while general advices on what we should be eating and how much of it we should be eating the old adage that “you mileage may vary” holds true here as well.