A while ago, I did a post on professional opinionist Jackie Avner's* piece urging us to just say no to organic foods. It's just an invention of some good marketers, she said, it doesn't really mean anything.
Well, these are things that keep me up at night.
Dr. Oz, who everyone knows is the most trustworthy, tell-it-like-it-is Doctor on the planet, had a guy on his XM radio show last week saying otherwise.
Jeffrey Smith, author of Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods said that... well, really, the title of his book says it all. Genetically modified crops like corn, cotton, canola and soy are something we should avoid. This is important because something like 90% of all packaged foods in the U.S. are made with genetically modified corn or canola oil, or soy products. And like it or not, we're a nation of packaged food eaters. No one will admit to it, but just watch people in the check-out lines at King Soopers.
There's no regulation of genetically modified foods except for the Organic label. Organic means it's not genetically modified.
If you take a can of Ragu spaghetti sauce, for instance, you'll see it's made with canola oil. Pretty much a dead giveaway that it's made with genetically modified canola oil, although there's nothing in the U.S. that says it must be labeled as such (unlike Europe). Take a can of Ragu light, however, and it's made with olive oil. Olive oil is safe, it hasn't yet been genetically modified.
See, a little bit of knowledge can be dangerous. Enough to wake me up at 5 am. Anybody else worry about these things?
*Jackie Avner is a regular in The Denver Post's Opinion section. She writes about hospice, caucusing, hormones in milk, the health care crisis and the myth of organic food, among other things. I believe she is really an top secret SAT Test Author in charge of coming up with argumentative essay topics.