Genetically Modified Foods Bluefield WV

As parents of an allergic child, we've been told we should read labels three times—in the store when we're buying a food, when we're putting it away in the cupboard, and when we're about to give it to our son.

Colleen V Darling
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12301 Grapefield Rd
Bastian, VA
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(304) 257-1044
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Petersburg, WV
 
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(304) 691-1000
1600 Medical Center Dr,# G500
Huntington, WV
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Ramona C Anderson
(304) 429-6741
1540 Spring Valley Dr,# 119
Huntington, WV
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Nutrition Made Easy
(304) 333-3977
1031 Morgantown Ave
Fairmont, WV
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(304) 842-6001
166 Thompson Dr
Bridgeport, WV
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(304) 564-3290
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New Cumberland, WV
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The Real Problem with Genetically Modified Foods

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By Rachele Kanigel

Dare Baldwin is an obsessive label reader. She prowls grocery store aisles studying cracker boxes and soup cans, bags of chips and jars of spaghetti sauce, ever on the hunt for seemingly innocuous ingredients that could kill her eight-year-old son, Iain. As the mother of a boy with severe allergies to milk, eggs, nuts, and peanuts, she knows to look out for the many hidden forms those allergenic foods can take. Casein and whey, for example, contain milk protein. Hydrolyzed vegetable protein may be derived from peanuts. And forget anything with the catchall phrase “natural flavors”—it might include one of the foods that could send her son into anaphylactic shock.

“As parents of an allergic child, we’ve been told we should read labels three times—in the store when we’re buying a food, when we’re putting it away in the cupboard, and when we’re about to give it to our son,” says Baldwin, a psychology professor at the University of Oregon. “It’s boring, reading all that dense print. But there have been times we’ve caught something on the third reading.”

As carefully as Baldwin inspects packages, she’s also concerned about what isn’t on the labels, especially when it comes to genetically modified foods. GM foods have come under fire from all sorts of people concerned about whether the process might introduce new toxins into our food. But people like Baldwin have particular reason to be nervous. Like many parents of children with food allergies, she worries that through genetic engineering, scientists may someday slip a gene from a peanut into corn or tomatoes, or that they’ll unwittingly create brand-new allergens that could put her son at risk.

Baldwin’s not being paranoid. A few years ago scientists at Pioneer Hi-Bred, a leading American seed company, tried to enhance the protein content of soybeans fed to animals by inserting genetic material from a Brazil nut. Sure enough, the bean did provide extra nutrition to hogs and cows. But the engineered soybean—tested voluntarily, not because such testing was required—also caused allergic responses in people with Brazil nut allergies. The manufacturer abandoned the product, but the incident showed that scientists could, indeed, turn a benign food into a potentially deadly one.

“I understand there are protocols for testing allergenicity, but it’s hard to know for certain that they’re protecting people with the severity of allergies my son has,” says Baldwin. “A milligram of peanut protein is enough to kill him.”

Just to be on the safe side, Baldwin tries to avoid giving her son genetically modified foods—something that’s increasingly difficult to do. “We’re eating these foods every day,” says C. Neal Stewart, a plant biologist at the University of Tennessee and author of Living on a Genetically Modified Planet: Environmental Impacts of Engineered Plants. “They’re part of the typical American diet.”

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