In last week's article about Whole Foods, I alluded to the idea that the processed food aisle can be packed with misleading and manipulative health claims. This issue has been on my mind a lot lately -- it's hard to avoid with the Internet's recent obsession with going vegan (please Google the controversy surrounding "What The Health" if you need some convincing). In my opinion, the public seems to be convinced that any food labeled "vegan" is somehow superior to all other potential nourishments, despite some evidence to the contrary.
Whole Foods has coined itself "the world's healthiest grocery store," yet is affectionately known by most of America as "Whole Paycheck" for its rather elevated prices. But what specifically is the reason that the food at this chain is so much more expensive than everywhere else? More importantly, is a dinner from Whole Foods really worth such a hefty chunk of your salary?
Welcome to the last article in Nutripol's GMO Series! We've spent the last two weeks talking about both the benefits and the downfalls of introducing GMOs on a widespread level, and this piece will conclude with an overview of some of the most commonly modified foods on the market today. We'll talk about the controversy surrounding GMO labeling in the United States, as well as learn some facts about the modified versions of papaya, zucchini, corn, and soy.
Last week, we looked at the potential of GMOs to save lives and help eliminate worldwide malnutrition, especially in poor areas that depend heavily on staple crops. With these benefits, why is there so much controversy surrounding GMOs? Most people are not morally opposed to their use — it's hard to object to a crop that could prevent the deaths of nearly 3 million children each year. But genetic modification can also impart significant advantages to industry giants looking to augment their crop yield, and the world of big food and big agriculture is no stranger to controversy.
You're most likely familiar with the fiery debate surrounding genetically modified organisms, more colloquially known as GMOs. Those who oppose their use view them as contaminants in an otherwise pure world, and avoiding them at all costs is often the raison d'être of many celebrities. But what if the use of GMOs could save hundreds of thousands of lives? Read the first article in the GMO series to find out why this hypothetical could potentially become a reality.