By: Ryan Matthew Dernick
Any health conscious individual living day in and day out trying to just survive will attest to, navigating the myriad of unhealthy food obstacles is a bit tricky. From saturated fats to partially hydrogenated oils which can lead to high cholesterol (LDL), leading to improper thyroid function or coronary disease, the list of ailments associated with the poison in the modern American food supply continues to become epidemic.
It would be comforting to know that a healthy alternative market was available. That is why for such a long time I would partake in going to Whole Foods Market for its touted selection of organic food products that would satisfy my palate along with my well-being.
This might have been true up until a several months ago, when according to informed sources of Organic Consumer Association.org:
The CEO’s of Whole Foods and Stonyfield are personal friends of former Iowa governor, now USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack, and furthermore made financial contributions to Vilsack’s previous electoral campaigns. Vilsack was dignified as ‘Governor of the Year’ in 2001 by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and traveled in a corporate jet – courtesy of Monsanto – on the campaign trail. Perhaps even more fundamental to Organic Inc.’s abject surrender is the fact that the organic globalists have become more and more removed from the concerns and passions of organic consumers andlocavores, or those who try to eat only food grown locally in their area. The Organic Inc. CEOs are tired of activist pressure, boycotts, and petitions. They apparently believe that the battle against GMO’s has been lost, and that it’s time to reach for the consolation prize. The consolation prize they seek is a so-called “coexistence” between the biotech behemoth and the organic community that will lull the public to sleep and “greenwash” the unpleasant fact that Monsanto’s unlabeled and unregulated genetically engineered crops are now spreading their toxic genes on 1/3 of U.S. (and 1/10 of global) crop land.
Public health has been sacrificed in exchange for Whole Foods, Stoneyfield, and Organic Valley’s acquiescence to Monsanto’s biotechnology food monopoly for what they all deemed as “unavoidable GMO cross contamination”. These three seemingly sycophantic companies did an about face and were no longer opposed to the idea of genetically-modified crops like Monsanto Roundup Ready alfalfa which is noted at causing increased cancer in the farmers of theses genetically engineered crops. GMO cross-pollination contamination occurs when winds blowing over a biotech field carry spores downwind to a neighboring farm, thereby contaminating the crop.
Roughly two-thirds of Whole Foods’ products say “all natural” because they are not genuinely organic and already contain genetically modified ingredients. According to a credible personal inside source at Whole Foods, “Most of the employees don’t even eat healthily and are not privy to or even aware of the new marriage between Whole Foods and Monsanto and what that even spells.”
Most of their products contain canola oil which is actually rapeseed oil. Rapeseed oil is poisonous to living things and is an excellent insect repellent. Rape is an oil that is used as a lubricant, fuel, soap and synthetic rubber base and as a illuminate for color pages in magazines. It is an industrial oil. It is not a food. Rapeseed oil is strongly related to symptoms of emphysema, respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability, and blindness in animals and humans. Rape oil was widely used in animal feeds in England and Europe between 1986 and 1991, when it was discontinued.
The only solace or safety net to this problematic and evolving issue at this juncture is to support your local small organic farms that give back to the community you live in. This will ensure that a healthy alternative is available for you and your loved ones. Caveat Emptor. Let the buyer beware, but also be conscious of what you eat and where it comes from.