As of 2015 the United States Government is faced with the decision to retract warnings regarding bad cholesterol, after a the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee convened and disregarding their warnings about it. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is the group that determines ‘Dietary Guidelines”, which is a fancy phrase for the group that reviews scientific research and determines government backed nutrition This would mean the government would have to admit they were wrong after 40 years of warnings about this subject. Now in no way does this mean that bad cholesterol is suddenly free game, or does it mean they are admitting they were completely wrong. According to an article posting on the Washington Post “The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol”, scientists have begun to find data supporting the idea that foods high in cholesterol may not significantly add to the risk of heart disease or affect cholesterol levels. Now keep in mind this research is based on healthy adults, people that have pre-existing conditions of heart disease or diabetes are urged to keep away from foods high in saturated fats. However, scientists are finding that a major roll in determining whether someone is at risk for heart disease in conjunction with bad cholesterol, is in their genetic make up. Meaning that not all people can eat foods high in bad cholesterol and develop these conditions, in fact new findings are urging healthy adults to consume these kinds of foods. However, as with all things too much of something will eventually cause problems. Scientists have found that high consumption of foods high in saturated fats can correlate to heart disease and diabetes, but the average adult can eat red meat or eggs in moderation and not display any signs or risk.
Many of us remember Measure 92 that failed to pass back in fall of 2014 in Oregon. Some of us are saltier about it than others, but it begs the question”Why do they need to be labeled?”. I am here to answer with “They really don’t need to be labeled at all’. Nearly all food sold commercially has been genetically modified in one way or another, whether it be by cross breeding plants to shape specified traits, or direct genetic manipulation nearly all the food in your pantry right now has been modified over the years.
In an article posted by the website Popular Science called ‘Core Truths: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked” the author argues that much of what anti GMO advocates say to poison GMO reputations are false. Hundreds of scientists have conducted numerous studies on genetically modified organisms and have concluded that they aren’t at all dangerous in the context they are made out to be. Advocates have convinced consumers that GMOs are bad and few consumers take the time to do in depth research themselves.
Labeling GMOs is a very unrealistic idea, because everything is genetically modified, if consumers wrap their minds around that it would make things much easier. From the corn they eat to the bananas sitting on their shelves it was manipulated by man to become more like the fruit they eat today. Granted the argument shifts when GMOs are redefined as directly manipulated in a single generation, but it doesn’t shift much as the direct manipulation is biologically rather than chemically induced. Reinsertion of genes and breeding specific plants with others are the most common technique for genetic modification.
Already some people will read this and disagree with the article and much of the information I have provided. However, then we can fall back on the argument the choice to buy foods from certain companies is in fact a choice. If consumers are unsure if certain foods are genetically modified the answer is 9 times out of 10 it is. If buying from farmers markets is your thing then go that route. Just remember at one point in history the seeds in his possession were modified.