Ok, I talk about nutrition a lot and if you read my blogs or newsletters at all, you are very well aware that nutrition is the foundation of health in my world. Choosing the highest quality, one-ingredient foods that agree with your metabolic makeup and creating your own, specific fuel blend is what I am continually trying to get across as being the foundation your health is based on.
When I say choose the highest quality, one-ingredient foods – I mean organic, grass-fed and finished, pasture raised, wild caught – definitely avoiding meats from CAFO animals and certainly limiting conventionally grown produce if organic is available. I definitely urge totally avoiding genetically modified foods.
Well I read about this recently and it absolutely amazes me that anyone would even consider ingesting this, but I’m sure some people will think it’s a good thing. The FDA has announced that they are preparing to release a genetically modified product to shelves specifically for human consumption: GMO cotton. Yes that isn’t a typo – cotton. More specifically, cotton seeds. Recently, a team of researchers figured out a way to genetically modify this organism so that the seeds of the cotton plant can be “safely” consumed by humans and some animals. Evidently it is being recommended as an alternate source of protein and fiber to poor and malnourished people.
Besides the fact that long term effects of GMOs is largely unknown, one of the components in cotton seeds, gossypol, is found to be an extremely effective contraceptive comparable to a vasectomy. However, the infertility induced by the substance is not reversible in around 50% of men. People ingesting these seeds may unintentionally be making themselves infertile!
Those developing this organism are suggesting it could help solve global malnutrition. While the primary use may be as animal feed, and it may not show up on grocery store shelves, poor and malnourished people are also being targeted. In my opinion there are too many risks to consider this a solution to world-wide hunger, when there are other non-genetically modified, high protein plants that are safe.
So, would you consider eating cotton?
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