I work in an industry populated with people who take every word Dr Oz says to heart. There is no in-between with his show.. either you’re about to die from cancer (he will show you 15 ways how) or he’s showing you super-foods to help protect you from them. The fear of growing old and getting sick has made this man very VERY wealthy.. and popular.
As of late there has been lots of debate around GMO’s.. Genetically Modified Organisms. In layman’s terms.. food that has been genetically altered in a lab to be heartier, stronger, resist diseases, etc etc. Recently California became the first state to tackle the debate.. IS IT IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO MAKE LABELING MANDATORY? Unfortunately.. it wasn’t. Big companies won this one with barrages of media blitzes. Even going as far as to say there are no health BENEFITS to eating an organic diet. If someone is eating an organic diet because they believe the food is more NUTRITIOUS than they need to do some research. People eat organic because of harmful pesticides AND the fear of GMO’s.
Dr Oz needs to decide which side of the fence he wants to be on:
AGAINST GMO’s -
video part 1
video part 2
video part 3
And then recently in a Times article he disses farmers markets, grass-fed beef and compares eating organic as to being part of the 1%. ”You don’t need to eat like the 1% to eat healthily,” he says. Craziness. He also goes on to say ”Nutritionally speaking, there is little difference between the farmer’s-market bounty and the humble brick from the freezer case.”
There is a ton of Op Ed pieces coming out now.. pretty interesting.
We have a family of 5. While a good majority of our paycheck goes towards mostly natural and organic food, I do not feel that my decisions make me an elitist or part of the 1% I buy food from sources I TRUST, sources that are minimally processed and that when available are organic. I support farmers markets because they’re local.. not because they’re healthier. Do I wish we spent less on groceries.. hell yes. Could I shop at our local conventional store for less.. definitely. But I will continue to make natural and organic choices because I want my family to eat the best possible foods. Why would I buy something with tons of artificial additives when a natural version is available for $2 more? To me that’s a no brainer and money well spent.
::stepping down from my soapbox::