I’ve made no secret of the fact that GMOs give me the heebie jeebies. It’s not that I think they’re going to make me grow a third arm or anything extreme (slash useful) like that, it’s just that they haven’t been around long enough for us to know WHAT they will or won’t do and I can’t wrap my head around acting as a willing guinea pig for the companies that manufacture our food. It’s that simple. Prove to me that they’re safe, and we’ve got something to talk about. Until then, not in my body, and not in the food I’m serving my family — not least of all my young, unsuspecting daughter.
Which is why I am extremely freaked out by the idea that Similac is currently using GMOs in its popular infant formulas. Seriously? Our littlest citizens? We’re going to let them serve on the front lines of testing for long term effects of GMOs?
I’m not good with that. My friend Leah Segedie isn’t good with it either. She’s launched a petition via Change.org asking Similac to remove the questionable ingredients from their product. Leah’s story is compelling — due to extreme allergies, her son Steven wasn’t able to breastfeed or use the most common formulas because trace amounts of agrochemicals used on Genetically Modified crops had passed through to the formula and were dangerous for his tiny body.
In Leah’s own words, I wanted to share the story about how her experience with her son drove her to fight the use of GMOs in our food supply –
My youngest – just 11 months – is severely allergic to the top 8 food allergens: tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, dairy, eggs, seafood & shellfish [amongst other things].
At 9 months, I could no longer breastfeed Steven because my own milk was causing these severe skin reactions. The food I was eating was passing through to my breast milk and he was allergic. My motherly instinct to nourish my son the best way I knew how was actually hurting him. Yes, even when I eliminated those foods from my diet.
Steven could not drink my milk, nor could I give him the nation’s leading infant formula – Similac – because it contained GM ingredients, and with it, the agrochemicals that GM crops are increasingly exposed to. Trace amounts of these chemicals are showing up in breast milk and infant formula.
The US government has allowed genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into our food supply WITHOUT a label since the mid 1990s. Today GMOs can be found in more than its 85% of grocery store items.
I’ve learned from experience that it’s extremely difficult to protect our children from GMOs – whether breastfeeding or using formula – and that major corporations like Abbott Laboratories (maker of Similac) are making this so by using GM ingredients.
While the long-term health impacts of GMOs are still being debated, the negative impacts of our increased exposure to the agrochemicals used in GMO farming are not. And when it comes to babies, the most vulnerable, we must exercise precaution.
To view or sign Leah’s petition asking Similac to remove Genetically Modified ingredients from their formulas, CLICK HERE.
For more information on GMOs and how they are used in our food, you can read THIS POST, or click through the slideshow below.
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