Prior to the 1900’s, corn was corn and a tomato was a tomato. Today most of the corn and tomatoes available in supermarkets are genetically modified in some way . Tomatoes and corn are just two examples of many modified foods.
Scientific advancement has changed our food, our food science industry and in the process created a questionable food supply.
What is GMO? By definition: Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from genetically modified organisms. Genetically modified organisms have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques.
What are these Genetic changes?
- Engineered for faster growth,
- Engineered with pesticides,
- Resistance to pathogens,
- Production of extra nutrients,
- Any other “beneficial” purpose
Sounds great right? No...not so much. These modifications may seem good, but GMO foods have been criticized by many. There have been objections regarding safety issues, economic issues and environmental concerns along with the intellectual property law.
The continuous debate over the labeling and production of these foods has spiked the average consumer to be aware of what they are putting into their bodies.
Recent propositions brought genetically modified food to the front page. Forcing consumers to rethink their food sources. In retaliation to suppliers that refuse to let consumers know how their products are grown, Americans all over the United States are turning to local farmers markets for their groceries.
According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, In 1994, there were 1,755 farmers markets in the United States and a whopping 8,144 reported in 2013. Local Organic Farms are springing up and stimulating the economy.
People want to know what they are eating. They want the right to make a fully educated decision on what they put into their bodies. Unfortunately there has been a huge push and a whole lot of cash spent by many companies to keep the details of their products from being labeled. Most Americans want healthy food for their families, not food that is also classified as a pesticide.
If you live in the Santa Monica area there are a few Farmers Markets you can choose from:
DOWNTOWN FARMERS' MARKETS
Every Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.+ Every Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.@ Arizona Avenue and 2nd Street. www.smgov.net/farmers_market/
PICO FARMERS' MARKET
Every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Virginia Avenue Park (Pico Boulevard at 22nd St). www.smgov.net/farmers_market
MAIN STREET FARMERS' MARKET
Every Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: 2640 Main Street. Free validated parking at the beach. Free bicycle valet parking at the market. www.smgov.net/farmers_market/
HISTORY OF GENETIC ENGINEERING; http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/gmos_india/history.html
National Count of Farmers Market Directory Listing Graph: 1994-2013; http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/ams.fetchTemplateData.do?template=Templa...
Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful?
(Released April 2000)by Deborah B. Whitman http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/gmfood/overview.php
Santa Monica Farmer Markets; www.smgov.net/farmers_market/