257: Secret Ingredients in Our Food: The Truth About GMOs
Buckle your seatbelts… we’re going there! Today we talk in-depth about genetically modified organisms, better known as GMOs. This is not exactly my field of study and certainly a very controversial issue, so I’ve asked Jeffrey Smith, man behind the compelling new documentary Secret Ingredients, to shed some light on the topic for us.
For more than two decades, Jeffrey’s research has exposed how biotech companies misled policymakers and the public to further the cause of GMO crops, putting the health of society and the environment at risk. You may know of him through his feature-length documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, which was seen by millions worldwide and received many awards. His new film also links genetically engineered food to toxic and allergic reactions, infertility, digestive disorders, and many other chronic problems that have been on the rise in the U.S.
Episode Highlights: Secret Ingredients
- How Jeffrey learned what the biotech industry hides about GMOs
- The process for genetic engineering of crops and how it works
- Why so many claim that GMOs are completely safe
- What the science is saying about Roundup or glyphosate
- Whether it’s true that we need GMO crop to keep from going hungry
- The truth about politics behind food policy in the U.S. today
- Why Europe isn’t on board with consuming genetically modified crops
- Possible effects of pesticides like Roundup and BT on hormones, neurotransmitters, allergies and more
- Which grains and legumes contain the most glyphosate
- And some good news about GMOs as well!
Resources We Mention
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