Gross TheDenverChannel.com reports on a discovery a local mom stumbled upon. Walmart-brand ice cream sandwiches don’t melt, or rather, they look pretty much solid even after being left out overnight. I bet you can guess why! Yep, it’s not what most people think of as ice cream. To reduce cost, they’ve substituted cord syrup, guar gum, and cellulose gum for the milk-based products we’d normally expect. Yuck.
The ingredients in processed foods are already a bit of a mystery, but what about that fresh produce you’re buying? Most people assume it’s natural and safe for consumption. Well, apart from the pesticide concern (like bud nip), there’s a growing concern that the produce you buy may be genetically modified (a GMO, Genetically Modified Organism). Why should you care? Because this is being driven by corporate greed, not science. The health concerns have not been adequately addressed by science, but this ‘food’ is put up for sale anyway without its true nature being labeled.
This summer, Walmart plans to sell genetically engineered corn on the cob in the fresh produce section. This engineered corn from Monsanto produces Bt toxin, a pesticide. Feed this stuff to rats and they get organ failure. Which somehow means it’s safe for people I guess?
So, if you care about this stuff, what can you do? First, shop at a store that cares, like Trader Joes or Whole Foods. Second, ask the produce manager in your local grocery store which items they have for sale are genetically modified (don’t expect them to know, but the point here is to raise consciousness and let them know their customers care about this issue). Third, sign this petition to send a signal to Walmart. Oh, and fourth…plant a garden and grow as much of your own food as possible, to at least minimize the scientific anomalies you introduce to your digestive tract.