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Not Ready For GMO Labeling

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by AshleyLeave a Comment

Labeling of Genetically Modified foods seems unnecessary, excessive, and harmful. It is unnecessary because products not containing GMOs can be identified. It seems excessive because a majority of products contain genetically modified organisms. It is harmful because undereducated consumers will make choices harmful to the food industry and farmers. There should not be required genetically modified labeling. Some consumers choose not to consume genetically modified organisms. That is a choice and they have the right to do it. They also have the resources to do it. There are labels for non-GMO products. They are either certified organic labels or non-GMO labels. There is no need to label GMO products for those who choose not to eat them because they have non-GMO labeling. Labeling for GMOs is excessive. The Center For Food Safety estimates that 75% of processed foods on the shelf in supermarkets contain genetically engineered ingredients. This means that a majority of food companies would need to spend the money to revise their packaging. The FDA would need to hire more people to ensure the labeling is done properly …

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Avoidance Isn’t Always The Answer

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by Ashley1 Comment

Food Allergies are and will continue to be an important topic. The rate of food allergy diagnosis is increasing and people want answers. People want to know more about food allergies so they can help their loved ones. In 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics released guidelines on prevention of food allergies in infants and the unborn and has been under fire since. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests avoidance of common allergens for women carrying or nursing a child as well as the child itself until around three years of age. This news became popular and followed by many. The avoidance technique made sense to people. That is why in 2008 when the academy changed its guidelines it was too little, too late. You see, since the guidelines came out, the health world has been studying food allergies like crazy. Most researchers can find little to no evidence to support the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. In fact, the article “Avoiding Peanuts to Avoid An Allergy Is A Bad Strategy For Most” by Aaron E. Carroll in the New …

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Whole Foods Through The Eyes Of A Food Scientist

In # 3: Organic foods - up close and personal by Ashley3 Comments

This Saturday, I ventured out to  Whole Foods of Lincoln Nebraska, a store I used to shop at but rarely do anymore. Walking through the store two things came to my attention. The first was the price difference between organic and non-organic food. The second was the lack of USDA labeled organic food. Read on to hear my version of a trip to Whole Foods. The price difference between organic and non-organic food surprised me. Upon walking into the store the first thing I saw was a produce cart selling both organic and non-organic grapes. The organic grapes cost an entire dollar more per pound than the non-organic grapes. I noticed this difference all throughout the produce section and even into the dairy section. Organics constantly cost more than the other non-organic products. Speaking of surprising prices I was interest to learn that the wine at Whole Foods is cheaper than at the local HyVee. The lack of USDA labeled organic foods also surprised me on my trip to Whole Foods. Before, when I shopped there I never took time …

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Excessive Caloric Tax

In # 2: Junk Food Dissuasion by AshleyLeave a Comment

Obesity is an epidemic that is covering the United States. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, more than two-thirds of adults suffer from obesity and one in twenty have extreme obesity in the United States. The government should step in to help guide it’s people. When humans lack self-control the government steps in to help guide them on the right path. That is what needs to be done in the case of obesity. Humans need the government’s help.   I’m proposing two things that the government can do to help the citizens of the United States. The first is free information from registered dietitians. The second is an additional tax on excessively caloric foods. I feel these two ideas could help reduce obesity in the United States.   The government should hire registered who post free health and wellness information. Lack of knowledge plays a role in people’s poor eating habits. Most people who give nutrition advice are actually selling something. They don’t have the people’s best interest in mind, they have a sale …

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Changing Life Changing Food

In # 1: You are what you eat by AshleyLeave a Comment

I am from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I start my food blog with this statement because it plays a role in the foods I eat. I am known to eat your typical Midwest diet of meat and potatoes. Occasionally, I do eat a salad too. I enjoy seafood but it is not a part of my normal diet because good seafood isn’t always readily available at prices I can afford. Growing up I was an extremely picky eater. When “McDonalds” accidentally put everything on my cheeseburger instead of ketchup only that was grounds for a melt down. Starting in high school and definitely in college my eating habits changed. The variety of foods I consume has expanded and I am much more willing to try new things. I have really noticed this when traveling. I am very happy to try authentic cuisine and I often find I enjoy it. Except fish eyeballs, I still can’t eat those. Something I have learned through my travels is that your culture greatly affects what you eat, how you eat, and when you eat. …

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