Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletOctober 17, 2017

Earth Concerns News

The Center for Food Safety Provides Valuable Information and Resources


The Home/Land Committee has been offering a number of informative websites that deal with issues that are important to Earth and protecting Earth to the Seventh Generation whose theme we are celebrating this summer in St. Louis. This article deals with issues of food safety, many of which you may not have thought about, and offers the Center for Food Safety (www.Centerforfoodsafety.org) as a resource for cogent information on the safety of our food? What can we do about it? What choices do we have and with whom do we need to share our concerns?

      Do you know that more than likely you are eating genetically engineered food in meats, in soda, in condiments, in dairy products and in fish every day? Honestly, I have not given much thought to the whole “GE” thing. The lawsuit in California over genetically engineered sugar beets made me sit up and take notice. I believe the reason is that I learned to eat beets last summer from a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm. You may question how this affects me. Since genetic engineering is a relatively new technology, placing genes from one plant or animal into another, there is no way to know what the long-term impact will be. The problem along the way is once a species has been genetically altered, it is impossible to return to the original set of genetics. Once those sugar beets have been altered, there is no turning back even if in five years scientists discover that there is a fatal flaw that will poison every animal or insect that consumes them.
 
      The Center for Food Safety is a member organization that looks at these worldwide issues and advocates with the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, Congress, the President as well as those at the state level to ensure that before haphazard decisions are made, the long-term impact is understood. Compared with putting toothpaste back in the tube, these issues are huge!
 
            Regarding the alfalfa I mentioned earlier: What if the dairy and beef cattle consume it and then we consume the milk, ice cream, hamburger and steak to name a few products, and millions of people become ill, what will stop this tragedy of epidemic proportions from continuing? Our food supply is in jeopardy because choices are being made without the data to determine the consequences of these choices. Our commitment to Earth necessitates our awareness and our will to honor Her. In a few minutes on this website I think you will start to question and to pray for those persons in positions of authority and for the integrity of the system, so that even though we will not live to the Seventh Generation, Earth will still offer sustenance to our dear ones because we spoke up for them in all the ways we were able.