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Genetic Modification of Food

You've heard "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"...but not today's apple.

Today's apple is not your grandmother's apple. Neither is aMany fruits and vegetables are now being genetically modified tomato, nor lettuce, or carrot-you name it.

And in many cases, even what's advertised as a "natural" food may not really be what you think it is. That's because you're being sold a bill of goods by the big food manufacturers when it comes to conventionally grown fruits, vegetables and other so-called "healthy" foods today.

The truth: Beware of the "Toxic Buffet"...

Why have so many of our food sources been altered. processed foods in U.S. grocery stores been altered? Why are our foods no longer delivering the kind of nutrition they've provided us in the past? And what are the potential risks from these foods?

Here are the startling answers, starting with these facts:

Did you know that over 70 percent of processed foods in U.S. grocery stores contain genetically modified ingredients? And more than half of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically engineered? This means foods are being altered by scientists in ways our forefathers never imagined.

Just consider these shocking examples...

Many prematurely picked tomatoes are artificially ripened with hormones:

Take a tomato. The longer it stays on the vine, the higher itsGenetically modified Tomatoes and apples sugar level, better its taste and higher its nutrient content. Just think about how good a home-grown tomato tastes. Yum!

But out-of-season produce in the U.S. is often shipped up to 2,500 miles before being sold-so you can't pick a fully ripened tomato and expect to sell it cross country.This is why many farmers in Florida, California and Mexico pick tomatoes at "mature green" state and artificially ripen them with ethylene. Ethylene is a hormone derived from petroleum and natural gas.(1) The problem is, these tomatoes are deprived of optimum nutrient content.

Apples are treated with radioactive gamma rays to appear fresher:

Today, some conventionally grown apples are treated with radioactive gamma rays (yes, low levels of radiation) to extend shelf life and make them appear fresher than they really are.(2)This process, called "irradiation" hides poor quality growing practices, allows for long-distance transportation and causes apples to lose nutrients through extended times between picking and consumption.In fact, irradiation destroys up to 80 percent of an apple's essential vitamins A, B2, B3, B6, C, E and K, as well as thiamin, folic acid and even essential fatty acids and amino acids.(3)

• Crops are "genetically modified" (GM) to grow better:

To create more drought-and pest-resistant crops, engineers insert bacteria, viruses, plant or animal cells and even human genes into seeds.. .but at what risk?(4)

For example, GM crops are designed to withstand herbicides...so farmers growing GM soybeans are using two to five times more herbicides than growers of natural varieties.(5)GM crops easily pollinate with related weeds, creating "super weeds" that are resistant to top-selling herbicides...forcing farmers to use more toxic herbicides.
Shockingly, U.S. food manufacturers are not required to put "genetically modified" on any food labels! This leaves us in the dark. In fact, according to the International FoodInformation Council, 62 percent of Americans surveyed said they knew "a little or nothing at all" about genetic engineering of foods.(6)But as you'll learn MannaFeast" gives you REAL whole food-based nutrition from organic and naturally grown fruits, berries, greens, vegetables, seeds, nuts and sprouts, just as Nature intended-free of the dangers of biotech engineering and genetic modification.

There is poor Vitamin and Mineral Content found in today's conventionalyl grown food.

(1)Dept of Horticultural Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. March 2000.
(2) Business news 6/1/2005
(3)"Meat Monopolies: Dirty Meat and the False Promise of Irradiation" by Susan Meeker-Lowry and Jennifer Ferrara.
(4)Truefoodnetwork.com
(5)Truefoodnetwork.com
(6) seattlepLnwsource.com/health, March 1,2006

 
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