Secret Ingredient In Most Food?
Food, glorious food! Nothing can be more gastronomically pleasing than enjoying a wonderfully prepared entrée. Often, if you ask for the recipe to prepare the meal, you hear (especially at haute cuisine restaurants): “Sorry, it’s the chef’s secret.” Totally disappointed, one never knows the secret that makes it so delicious and special.
There are many secrets about food and its methods of preparation, but none as sinister, perhaps, as the secret the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to keep from you. That secret involves genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food crops. The food is altered at gene levels, but is not labeled as such on packaging and in advertisements for raw, prepared or packaged foods, as specified by FDA regulations.
The FDA website states: “Food labeling is required for most prepared foods, such as breads, cereals, canned and frozen foods, snacks, desserts, drinks, etc.” Therein resides not only a conundrum but also a total lack and disregard for transparency regarding Federal agencies’ prima facie reason for existence: protecting citizens.
GMOs are in most restaurant fare and in nearly all U.S.-produced packaged foods, i.e., chips, sauces, canned goods, frozen dinners, pastries, snacks and beverages.