here in america, many of us are fortunate with the opportunity to instantly satisfy even the quietest rumble of our stomachs or the slightest cravings of our tongues. food has become so easily accessible to us—we do not have to put in the work of growing our own produce. today, the need for food is easily fulfilled with a stop to the nearest grocery store or an online order, whether it be amazon prime or uber eats. despite the benefits of “instant” food, we, as consumers, have lost our curiosity for the things we put in our mouths. in other words, we have neglected to ask simple questions including, “what is this?”, “how was it made?” or “where is it from?”. we lack the patience to read the extensive lists on the back of candy wrappers or cereal boxes. it is not just our fault, though. us food manufacturers are not required to indicate the presence of gmo’s (“an organism that has had its DNA altered or modified in some way through genetic engineering”) on food labels.

here is a list of foods that are genetically modified:

  • 93% of soybean fields in the United States are genetically modified and 77% worldwide.

  • 85% of corn in the United States is genetically modified and 26% worldwide, affecting products that contain canola oil, corn syrup, cornmeal, xanthan gum, and cornstarch.

  • 95% of sugar beet crops grown in the U.S. in 2010 were genetically engineered and 9% worldwide.

  • 93% of cotton is modified, 49% worldwide affecting cottonseed oil.

  • 80% of Hawaiian papaya is genetically altered.

  • 70-90% of processed foods on grocery store shelves contain GM foods.

  • livestock is fed GM foods, affecting meat, milk, and eggs.

though no one has ever died from eating genetically modified food, there still lies risks and links to food allergy, toxicity, infertility, gluten disorders, DNA transfer, birth defects, and even cancer.

here is dr. josh axe’s list of gmo facts you can’t ignore:

  • almost all of the GMO crops grown in America are glyphosate resistant and offer no nutritional edge compared to nonorganic crops.

  • most corn, soy, sugar beets and canola grown in the U.S. are GMO and receive multiple applications of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup and related herbicides.

  • The World Health Organization dubbed glyphosate a probable human carcinogen. (3)

  • A 2014 Norwegian study found extreme levels of glyphosate in U.S. soy (4)

  • Over 80 percent of our food contains GMOs (5)

after reading the facts, I can’t help but feel used by large corporations and manufacturers. above its role as feeding us humans, food has become business. the companies behind the logos we see in the aisles of our grocery stores do not care about anything beyond selling their products. they put their effort in designing an “attractive” plastic case rather than writing what is truly inside their packaging.

growing up, food has always been a key part of my life. I have formed relationships over food; I have learned more about myself through food. food is essential to my every day, and I believe that i have the right to know what I am pouring into my body. as 1 corinthians 6:20 states, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” as a steward of god’s creation, I believe that living mindful of my health is a form of worshipping my creator. he did his best for me—knitting me in my mother’s womb and forming a being with her own idiosyncrasies. in return, I want to do my best for him. I know that as a flawed human, however, I will never be able to return his favor, but I believe that taking care of my body is just one way to thank him.

therefore, we humans have the right to clean, pure food. neither the government nor large corporations should have the say in what goes into the food of the usa.