By: Tisha T. Casida
Trans-fats, artificial chemical sugars, and genetically modified foods are three of my least favorite components of our food supply. The reason is that, in my opinion, they are not real food and are therefore subject to special labeling requirements so as to warn consumers that they are a part of what one is consuming. By special, I mean that there should be indication that they are actually there.
As I have talked about before, trans-fats are now required to be labeled, but they allow “.5 grams or less” per serving to be equivalent to “zero grams per serving”. This is incredibly deceptive – and should not be allowed. If there are “.5 grams” or “.47 grams”, then, tell people that. Is that asking too much?
Artificial chemical sugars are continually touted as “safe” by various lobbying groups and governmental agencies. I believe that other evidence begs to differ, and it seems like slowly but surely more people, scientists, and medical professionals are starting to see an unfortunate correlation between diet sodas and severe health problems. Thankfully, at least we can see these sugars on most labels. Sans various bubblegum brands (WHICH OUR KIDS EAT), that now have “Phenylketonurics” in them – but you would never think that. Take a look – this substance is labeled as being in there, but would you ever think to look in the first place? Again, this is incredibly deceptive to the consumer.
Lastly, and this is the real kicker – genetically modified substances have been and will continue to be a part of our food supply. Oh, wait, you didn’t want that? Well, too late – the people “watching out for us” have already allowed copious amounts of these products into the food supply and into agricultural lands. I am confidant that the majority of people would not want to consume food where its genetic structure has been altered or spliced with genetic components of other foods, animals, even bacteria. But, how about we put this to the test – how about we allow people TO CHOOSE for themselves? How about we label products that have genetically-modified components? Then if people wanted to eat them they could, and if they didn’t want to, they could CHOOSE NOT TO.
I don’t want to stop these industries and lobbying organizations from doing business and continuing to create products that harm or potentially harm the nation’s food supply – let them try. What I do want is for people to have the ability to choose for themselves what they are putting into their bodies – and that means labeling and truth in labeling. Isn’t that a win-win? Let the big businesses continue to create these awful things, and let people choose whether they want it or not – that is the whole theory of a free market – where the consumer has information to decide for himself or herself what they put into their body, can make their purchase, and can show the market what they like or don’t like. Or perhaps better yet, show which companies they like or don’t like.
It’s the American way – all I am asking for is a little bit of that thing called “the truth”.
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