10 years ago, I thought I knew what I was eating. I trusted that the food from the grocery store was made with quality ingredients, that the produce I picked up was filled with nutrients and the meat I consumed was safe.
Then my corn allergy started getting worse, foods that wouldn’t obviously contain corn started bothering me and pretty soon I was sick, feeling off and in pain – all of the time. I started reading labels and my eyes opened just slightly.
As the years have wore on, I found a deep desire to achieve health & fitness, to make sure the foods that I put on the table for my family where safe and to live a life where I didn’t suffer for every morsel of food I put into my mouth. I started doing my homework (something I love to do! Studying is awesome!) (I am a geek) and I was shocked by what I found.
In one breath the more I learn the more I want to know, the more I want to change, the better I want to make our lives and the lives of those around us. In the other, I’m scared by what I’m learning, I’m unsure of what the future holds and someday – I just want to hide my head in the sand. Or a big vat of ice cream.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to watch Jeffery Smith’s documentary “Genetic Roulette” which gives some (scary) insight into the world of GMO’s. Jeffery is the founder for the Institute for Responsible Technology. Watching it gave me chills. How is this what our world has come to?
In fact, I reached the half way point and had to pause the video for a while. I was completely overwhelmed not only by what is happening in our world, to our food but more over by what that could potentially mean for our bodies. The idea that what they are sharing is true, and at this point I believe it to be true (although I will check out these studies myself) left me emotional to say the least.
As I finished the rest of the video some of that emotion began to change from despair to hope. Jeffery isn’t saying this is the end of the world (but it could be). He’s giving us the facts, opening our eyes and sharing the details. Then, he and the many people he’s interviewed go on to share how it can change, how we can be part of the change.
I wasn’t sure what I would think, but after watching it all the way through I have to say “Genetic Roulette” is a great film. It’s thought provoking if nothing else and I highly recommend watching it. Follow THIS link to either rent it to watch online ($2.99) or purchase the DVD from amazon.com($19.95)
While I completely understand how sometimes “ignorance is bliss” feels easier, it really isn’t. We need to be informed, we need to know the facts and then we need to make a choice. Whatever that choice is, is up to you but don’t you at least want to have all the facts before you do?
I won’t always make the “right” choices, sometimes I’ll even make the “wrong” choices, I’m NOT perfect after all, but I will spend my days doing my best. I’ll keep searching for information, digging to find answers and striving to live our lives the healthiest way possible.
We all have different opinions on things and I’d love to hear what you think! Have you watched “Genetic Roulette”? Do you know about GMO’s? Does it matter to you? Are you content with what the media/government tells you or do you want to know more?
Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to watch “Genetic Roulette” but received no compensation for this post. As always the opinions contained within are strictly my own.