Last month, Congress repealed the country-of-origin-labeling rule (COOL) on beef and pork after the World Trade Organization (WTO) insisted it was done, imposing 1 billion in tariffs against the US if it didn’t comply.
COOL used to mandate labels on packaging to indicate the country (or countries) where the meat animal was born, raised and slaughtered. On the plus side, though beef and pork will no longer have to comply with COOL rules, chicken and lamb must still be labeled.
Unfortunately, the US attempted to fight the change, but failed.
“Effective immediately, USDA is not enforcing the COOL requirements for muscle cut and ground beef and pork,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement, adding that consumers should still feel safe knowing that “all imported and domestic meat will continue to be subject to rigorous inspections by USDA to ensure food safety.”
How does this affect our food?
Now that we will not know the country of origin of the meats, I decided to check out some local farms where I live in New Jersey to find out exactly what this means for our collective health.
Well, turns out that it means we are not going to know if the meat or chickens we buy in our grocery stores come from China, Europe or India.
But what about health standards? And what does this mean as far as organic food?
Our standards here in the United States can be much different then the standard in China.
This is a very scary thought for me as we don’t know what they are doing and how they are raising their animals.
Personally, I just felt that it would be much safer coming from the US.
But maybe not.
It turns out that I might have been wrong. You see, after I decided to start investigating local farms, some shocking truths were revealed.
Even though I do not eat meat, I really wanted to help my clients make better choices and start some relationships with the local farms. Well, I was in for a really big surprise! You won’t believe what I found.
This Shocking Secret Was Revealed When I Visited the Poultry Farms
Every poultry farm I visited, it turns out, is using GMO grains of corn and soy – and they are charging 3 times the price of even Organic-Certified chickens and turkeys from Whole Foods.
I was shocked to say the least.
Here I was, really hoping to support local farming. What a huge disappointment – like most people, I fully expected to hear that they where going to be quality chickens and turkeys – but it turns out they are all being fed GMO grain!
And don’t forget: if the chicken is GMO, so are the eggs.
As I started to make my phone calls and visit these places, even the people that worked there thought that they were all-natural (no GMO).
Literally every time I asked, they said “these chickens are raised naturally” and “I am sure they do not use GMOs here.”
And, every time, I asked them to please give me the person that can verify this for sure.
Sure enough, they where all GMO.
The Lies They (Unintentionally?) Spread
All the websites say all natural no antibiotics or hormones and some say free range – which is all true; they are not lying about that.
Even so, considering the entirety of the situation, you would just assume that its non-GMO.
But once I asked, I was so disappointed to know they feed them GMO soy and corn. These GMO-fed turkeys and chickens are not cheap, either – most turkeys range from $45.00 to $45.00 each – per chicken!
And the chickens from one farm were going for $15.99 EACH – literally 3 times the price of an organic chicken from Whole Foods.
At the very least, this was a shock and a surprise that locally-raised chickens are so much more than expensive Whole Foods – and to top it all off it was all GMO.
The lesson of the day? If you want to keep your health in check and avoid GMOs in your meat, ask questions! And please remember: these days, words like all natural, cage free, free range antibiotic and hormone free still does not mean non-GMO.
Did you know?
GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are living organisms that have been genetically modified artificially in a laboratory through genetic engineering (GE). While this kind of science is relatively new, we know that it creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
And, according to the Non-GMO Project, “virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.”
And the organization says, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems.
So, I don’t know about you, but I am just absolutely SHOCKED and UPSET by this stuff! What do you think? Tell me in the comments, or visit me at CleanClearBody.com for additional information on how to eat healthy and clean.