So I read in a recent email from Natural News about GMOs that 2012 brought a severe drought in the primary soy-producing states. At first, this got me pretty excited; not at the fact that families and soy farmers might be losing money but the fact that soy production might be limited–could this be the end of soy?
No. Actually, due to the billions of dollars in this industry, this is only the beginning.
This spurred me on to ask, “how do droughts affect soy production in the United States?”
Reading through that page made me angry for a number of reasons.
For the past two weeks, my research has led me to the conclusion that we presently have very little control over what is in our food. Unless we grow and raise farm animals ourselves and plant our own seeds, there is no guarantee that the organic chicken or organic milk you are buying is completely free of GMO soy or corn. USDA Certified Organic products are allowed to contain 5% non-organic material. And if you look at this list for manufacturers and farmers, you will see many ways they can get away with not completely adhering to the rules. ESPECIALLY when it comes to organic meats and dairy.
For those of you who aren’t sensitive enough to soy to experience the many joys of being in the supposed minority of people who react to soybean oil, MSG disguised as ‘natural flavors’ or even soy-fed meats or eggs from chickens having feasted on soy feed, the physical symptoms are not pretty.
For me, it includes:
- eczema (especially on face and hands)
- immediate yeast infections (yes, I am going to talk about this in a future post)
- mood change/depression
- severe fatigue/sleepiness