Note: The Impossible Foods website, for its part, maintains that the FDA does in fact validate SLH as safe. But, natural health experts are far from convinced of its safety.
Genetically altered foods are being heralded with the ability to “stop hunger” – but is the claim realistic?
Genetically engineered foods such as the Impossible Burger have been touted as having the ability to help sustain the 9 billion-strong human population predicted on earth by 2050. On the surface, it sounds like a noble mission.
GMO crops (such as Roundup Ready corn) are engineered to survive being doused with synthetic chemical pesticides, such as glyphosate and dicamba. This means they are responsible for a tremendous increase in the use of these toxic substances, which have been linked in studies to cancer, dementia and immune problems.
US Right To Know, a non-profit organization dedicated to pursuing truth and transparency in the US food system, points out that GMO pesticide-resistant crops have been associated with an array of disastrous effects.
These include birth defects in Hawaii, cancer clusters in Argentina, contaminated waterways in Iowa, damaged farmland across the Midwest – plus much more.
Remember “Golden Rice?” (or maybe you don’t). This vitamin A-enhanced GMO rice was touted almost two decades ago as “the rice that could save a million kids a year,” yet it failed to materialize on the market.
This is due to the fact that breeders have yet to develop varieties that grow as well as existing natural rice strains.
When one trait – in this case, the ability to produce beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A – is edited in a genome, other capabilities (such as speed of growth) may be altered, and not for the better.
Maybe fooling Mother Nature is a bit harder than GMO scientists think?
Choose wisely! Have a great day!!