In 1988, I had the good fortune to begin my post-graduate studies under the guidance of Dr. Loren Cordain, now considered one of the world’s leading authorities on Paleolithic nutrition. A long time has passed since then and this way of eating is becoming adopted more and more by people who see the immediate benefits of eliminating or at least reducing the consumption of grains, legumes and dairy foods. These latter food sources all undergo some degree of processing before human consumption is possible and therefore, it can be argued that they are not a natural food for humans. However, the Paleolithic prescription is as natural of a diet as a human can eat, since the Paleolithic template, lean “clean” animal protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, can all be consumed by humans without any processing. Further, research now provides us answers as to why these “processed” foods do not provide much in the way of a nutritional benefit. High concentrations of anti-nutrients, a poor essential fatty acid composition, an acidic load to the body, and scant micronutrients are just some of the negatives of these foods.
But when it comes to the processing and manipulation of the foods that nature provides, genetically modified foods define a completely new category of which humankind has absolutely no idea of the long-term ramifications to human health, period. Of course the companies and individuals that have invested a huge amount of money into this technology will try and tell you otherwise, but the simple truth is that no one knows what the consequences of human consumption will be. So, to me, it is extremely strange that there is even a debate about whether or not we should label our foods as to their GMO content or not. I believe that there could be significant health risks in consuming these foods, and while I could be incorrect, I certainly believe that I have the right to choose whether or not to participate in this GMO experiment.
The argument, from the “No on 37”, that it would have increased costs, was purely scare tactic that hoped to sway the public to vote against the labeling of GMO products. If you want to know if your food contains gluten, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fats or MSG, you simply read the ingredients label. But if you want to know if it contains genetically engineered (GE) ingredients, you’re not going to find any information on the package. Unlike most other developed countries—such as the 15 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and China—the U.S. still has no laws requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods. Unfortunately, on November 6, 2012, California voters chose to continue to let these biotech companies off the hook and keep GMO labeling off of their products. We all have the simple right to know what we putting in our mouths, and I believe letting others know about the benefits of GMO labeling will get these propositions passed in elections to come.