Beware of Franken-foods, they are bad for you
Have you heard the word Franken-foods before but do not really know what it means? I will help you with an explanation to lift all doubts. This definitely is not a healthy alternative, and I will explain why.
Do not try to improve on Nature
Before we go into this, I would like to ask you this question. Why is it that humans always want to improve on nature? I have written a post on the excessive use of plastic wrappings. Why should one need to wrap fruits and vegetables which come in their own natural protective wrapping, their peel or skin? Then we also want to improve the taste? Why is that? An apple should taste like an apple, not like a banana, right?
The biotech industry is doing some brainwashing again. They are doing their best to improve the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. One should really ask how they are manipulating the things we will be eating. Just imagine, would you like to eat peach-flavored strawberries?
Monsanto is considered the most hated company worldwide. They have earned their reputation, no doubt about that. Whatever they do should be closely observed, as it will influence our health. That is why one should be informed of the latest happenings, this is important for you and your family.
GMO is updating
You have probably heard of GMOs. It is nearly everywhere, and it is bad for us. As if this is not enough, some more and more dangerous manipulation is coming our way. Have you heard of a company called Pairwise Plants? This is a new California-based company helmed by two Harvard scientists. One would think what comes from Harvard is good, well not in this case, as we can use science for good or bad.
Pairwise Plants has come up with something really pretty. It is a gene-editing tool, known as CRISPR-Cas9 (an acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) I know, it is a mouthful. Normal GMO technology inserts foreign genes within a plant’s genome. This new gene-editing tool goes a step further and deletes or changes genes already in the plant DNA code.
Monsanto is at it again
Monsanto has invested 125 million in Pairwise and has become the exclusive collaborator. This happened in March 2018 and should make us be on alert.
This new tool can change the look and also the flavor of fruits and vegetables. It would be possible to heighten the content of carotenoids, or of the cancer-fighting substance sulforaphane. Somehow it sounds good because one gets the impression that fruits and vegetables get more healthy for us having more nutrients, vitamins, minerals, etc.
The fact that these changes happen faster than with the traditional GMO crops, which take years to change, this alternative method makes it possible to have these enhanced edibles come on the market after one or two crops. What should we worry about, sounds very positive, don’t you think?
Be informed with this book
The writer Dr. Michael Wald states that anyone who is interested in educating themselves in staying healthy needs to be informed on GMOs and related topics. This book will help you understand the whys and hows of it all.
It is by far not so good as you might think
You have all heard the word mutations. You might relate this to a horror film where people mutated to zombies. Wikipedia explains that mutations result from errors during DNA replication or damage caused by exposure to radiation or carcinogens.
Many of the foods that are available at the market have high levels of glyphosate and other niceties added. This can cause havoc on our DNA, and as our systems start the repair process, it can change our DNA in the wrong way.
Now comes the bad news
Last May in Nature Methods they published a study. They found that this new tool CRISPR was causing mutations. Not the mutations that were intended. These undesirable mutations, call it a side effect of this method, were happening by the hundreds and could cause unforeseeable consequences.
You could say that the scientists who were meddling with DNA codes lost control over their experiment. They performed these tests on mice. Now you might discount this because it happened with mice and not with humans. That is where the problem lies.
Molecular geneticist and GMO expert Dr. Michael Antoniou warns that even the smallest changes could cause unintended effects. Imagine when the function of an enzyme is disrupted, this can call forth unpredictable biochemical reactions. The computers used to screen for the appearances of these unforeseen mutations were not able to find them.
There you see that interfering with nature can have serious consequences, many of which we have no idea what they are. When we start to eat foods that are manipulated on a DNA level, what will happen next nobody can say. But it seems sure that this type of food will soon stand on the shelves.
Do listen to this good YouTube as it explains the GMOs very well.
The information which is hidden from us
3 days after Monsanto joined in partnership with Pairwise, the study was officially retracted, swept under the carpet. It is happening again. Monsanto has always claimed Roundup is not dangerous for our health. Now they have hundreds of court cases coming their way. In the first case of Mr. Johnson claiming he is dying because of using Roundup for many years, Monsanto was found guilty and fined more than 200 million in compensation to Mr. Johnson.
Monsanto avoids responsibility, again
In the U.S. there is no obligation to put GMO on a food label. This pleases Monsanto. Now they are again squeezing themselves out of responsibility again. The USDA will not put strict regulations for CRISPR modified fruits and vegetables. Their reasoning is that this could have happened in nature through traditional plant breeding methods and everything is fine.
As the CRISPR does not add genes, it only changes or deletes them. These foods are not considered GMO, and that is why Monsanto gets away with it.
In the past, Monsanto has forced farmers to buy new seeds, from Monsanto of course, as they had produced sterile “terminator” seeds. It will not be allowed to use this alternative method on seeds and spread genetic traits. Also, CRISPR is not to be used to modify tobacco used for smoking. The restrictions are far too few to feel safe as the consumer is being kept in the dark as usual.
This non-profit organization provides the people with the latest news on GMO. They say that this new genome-editing should be at least as strictly regulated as the “normal” GMO. Well, we have seen that it has been far from good or positive for our health.
This meddling with nature is like opening the box of Pandora. The only way we can defend ourselves is by being informed about what is happening. Boycott all products which contain GMO and buy organic to stay on the safe side.
Here is a list of all the companies who produce products containing GMO. Monsanto is laughing in the background. Do not let this harm you or your family.
More and more, I feel cheated and realize that the health of the population is not important to the food producers of the world. We are being manipulated on a big scale. The only defense one has is to boycott these products and eat organic as often as possible.
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Source: NaturalHealth365, Lori Alton, Nov 5, 2018
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I live on my little farm since 1981 and have learned quite a few things over the years. Perhaps you would like to read my post on my personal experience with Roundup.
There’s nothing better than organic, fresh food that has not been manipulated. I agree, apples should not tastes like bananas and grapes should not take like cherries. But real food, doesn’t look picture perfect, but it tastes so great. The industry tries to change food to grow faster, resistant to bugs, and …, but there are so many techniques that are natural to help in all areas of food production. Thanks for the post.
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I live on an organic farm and we use natural ways to better the soil. On my orange field, all the leaves and small grasses are plowed in a couple of times per year. In the vegetable garden, the bio leftovers from the kitchen are used. Even if the tomatoes are not always as pretty looking as store bought the taste is way better. Back to nature is the best we can do.
There is so much going on with big pharma and the food industry at the moment. I feel we are constantly being lied to, just so that these companies can make a profit. While some actually have our best interest at heart, most of them are only in it for the bottom line.
Messing with DNA is a dangerous thing in my view, because there is still too much we don’t know about it so the side effects cannot be foreseen and can have horrible effects. Beside that, using GMO will destroy the diversity of crops and is there for much more vulnerable.
These developments really, really concern me.
Good Morning Linda,
I can only agree with you. I also think that big Pharma is not very interested in making us healthy. When healthy they do not earn money.
All this messing with DNA I do not like either as what will happen in the future. because of it. is completely unknown. To be forced to eat GMO I find horrible as nature provides good and healthy food. Eating GMO has a big impact on our health so I do not understand this and prefer to eat organic.
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I checked on the link you provided about the 68 Monsanto-Onwed Companies to Boycott. They are all famous and widely used in every household around the world. One boycott won’t do any damage to them, somehow, good for our health. Thanks for this blog. It opened my eyes to the reality of Franken foods.
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You are right, these products are known and used worldwide. In general, one is, most of the time, able to find a healthier substitute. The more people do that the less money these companies earn at cost of our health.
Very informative! I had no idea that all this was going on. It’s seems as though they tried to do something good, but what they should realize is organic foods are good enough, and already come equipped with cancer fighting properties. The earth is already looking out for us and provides everything we need, if only we could come together and treat it just as well.
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I agree with you that organic is the best. There really is no need to constantly want to improve nature as nature knows best. Yes, we should take better care of Mother Nature as it would be a benefit for us all.
Very interesting to read this article! Thank you for writing this.
I didn’t know anything about this subject, so it’s great to hear from someone who has done their research. It was very interesting to read and I’m glad I learned something new about this.
Thank you for your in-depth article!
Keep up the great work
Good Morning Sebastian,
Sadly there are many things not ok in our world. Too many things are happening without our knowledge. More than often these things are harmful to our health. To stay healthy is not easy but to be informed does help.
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Woah! I am a pro-organic person and I am certainly not happy knowing there are big companies trying to manipulate our food! Honestly, this is my first time hearing about “Franken-foods”. I really don’t understand why scientists are trying to destroy our nature by trying to change what it has to offer. They can’t see that nothing is better than natural, organic, fresh food! I have read before that some doctors even recommend organic vegetables and fruits as rather than pharmaceutical drugs because it is more effective and we won’t be getting any side effects.
I am really disappointed with this kind of companies. I hope this will stop soon.
Good Morning Donna,
The name Franken foods describes it rather well, don’t you think? I find it really sad that these things are happening in our world. The only way these companies will stop making these things will be when we do not buy them anymore. You could call it a Global boycott.
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About your story i know about that there is nothing better than organic, fresh food that has not been manipulated.I agree,apples should not tastes like bananas and grapes should not take like cherries.But real foods tastes so great. The industry tries to change food to grow faster,resistant to bugs and so many techniques. Thanks for the post.
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I really think it is a crime what is happening. Nature provides foods which are perfect. Humans produce foods which are harmful. I really hope that more people will realize this and start eating organic.
It’s scary to learn how big companies are controlling what they put on the market for us to consume. Although I am quite careful about what I eat and know some things are not on labels because they are not illegal to sell but actually bad for you. I agree that we need to be more conscientious about our choices and how we educate ourselves on what we put in our bodies.
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Nowadays one has to be very vigilant with the things we eat. I try to stay away from man-made foods as much as possible. No fast food, no pre-prepared meals, very little factory-made things. I do have a cookie and some chocolate now and then but that is about it.
I hope you and your family are safe and healthy.
Thanks for sharing this vital information. I had no idea that this was going on. I agree with what you said that apples should not taste like bananas. But I think they didn’t know what they were doing, that they were only trying to do something good not knowing it will lead to different kinds of problems.
So I think if they fail to realize that organic food is good and tastes good the way it is, they should be told. They should be told about the benefits of organic food and also the effect of manipulating this organic food.
Good Morning Sophia,
In our modern world, things are not what they should be. The most important thing is that the population is well informed, happy and healthy as only like that a country can thrive
Sadly earning money is more important even if it harms our health. Why should we eat manipulated foods when Mother Nature provides for all our needs? We need to live in harmony with nature like that we would be much better off.
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I hope you and your family stay safe and healthy.
Awesome article about nature, This one is a lesson to find out about fast foods. There’s nothing superior to nature and new nourishment that has not been controlled.
There are many Frankenfoods that are profitable for big business, but bad for the rest of us, Thirty years ago, scientist figured out how to directly modify the genes in our food crops. One of the most common food myths of our time is that GMOs are going to help with producing more food for the world but we now know that is not true.
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We are being told a lot of nonsense and often it is even harmful to our health. It is so sad we have turned away from nature.
I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy in these difficult times.
Hi Taetske! WOW! Thank you for writing this very informative article about Franken-Foods! My family and I aren’t Vegan or 100% organic, but we do avoid foods with artificial colors, preservatives, and artificial flavors. We are long-time members of the Feingold organization that helps to educate on the negative affects of some foods. This article is right in line with those teachings!
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During the last century, our food has become less natural. The health of the population is bad, even if science/medicine has advanced so much. That is rather contradictory, do you not also think? I often write about these types of things on this website. My other website Mother Earth is more on environmental issues. These websites often overlap, as it is all related.
You might care to have a look at the green widget Save the Planet. bUnited is a worldwide movement to improve what we as consumers eat and use. It is free to join and it might resonate with you.
Very interesting article (but also very concerning). I never trusted GMO food, and now I’m reading that scientist are planning to modify our food in even more drastic way. I do believe its very short-sighted behavior and generations will be suffering due to these actions. Personally I try to have as much fruits and vegetables from my own garden, and when I need to buy anything in shop, I double check if its natural enough for my family.
Good Morning Cogito,
It is a good idea to double check the food one buys. After all, it has a tremendous impact on our health. Human inventions are mainly money driven, and that is why those people/companies do not really care about future generations. Look at Big Pharma. Continually new pills come on the market, but the overall health of the population goes down the drain.
There is nothing better than home-grown produce. Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.
Organic food is the way forward. I am lucky enough to have a plot of land where I grow 70% of the vegetables my family eats and I use all natural fertilizers. I was aware of the misuse of plastics with food packaging but I wasn’t aware of the lengths people and companies are going to change and manipulate foods at the DNA level. Thank you for this article, it has opened my eyes and I will look out for more information on the subject.
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It is a blessing to have some land where you can grow your own crops. Like that you know what you put into your mouth. Freshly picked produce from your vegetable garden tastes way better than what you buy in the store. I live on an organic farm in the south of Spain since 1981. Especially this last year where there were various lockdowns we could stretch our legs and have fresh air and sunshine.
Humans cannot stop meddling with Nature, it is very sad and normally has serious consequences for our health and the environment.