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First off I want to quickly say that things have been a little crazy around these parts. I have had several clients tell me to make it more clear on here why I have been unable to blog much as of late. As I noted in a previous blog, April was an insane month for me, and the end of it spilled into May. I was working hard to maintain my 4.0 (making my mom proud) and I was absolutely swamped by my thesis work, as I am racing to get it done before my daughter is born.

Speaking of that, Anna is due any day now (it was technically last Friday) so that has also been a huge part of my life as we prepare for the arrival of our daughter!

So I hope all of you will forgive this small blip in writing, as I will be back on track as soon as I can.

Q. Hey Brian,

After reading Poliquin’s article on GMO foods¬†HERE

He pulls up some research on mice showing the negative side effects of GMO foods and I was wondering what your take on them were. Is there only one side to this argument?

A. I’m not a fan, simply because so little is truly known about their long-term effects on human health. I find it hilarious that RD’s will comment on my blog and say they need to see more data on the safety of protein, because there are no long-term studies showing a high intake to be safe, and yet nobody questions the safety of eating genetically modified foods? We have been eating protein since the dawn of time, and health professionals question its safety, yet GMOs have only been around for 20 years or so and they seem to get a free pass. Seems a little backwards to me.

Many GMOs are banned in European countries (like France), and there is definitely some research in animals that makes me even more wary.¬†Having said that, they might turn out to be just fine, but I have my doubts and I tend to avoid them simply to err on the side of caution. I certainly can’t prove that they will kill you, but I prefer not to chance it either.

In addition the companies that create these “foods” are not companies who I would ever want producing my food. Monsanto is not exactly concerned about your well-being, they are only concerned about their bottom line. Watch Food, Inc, it may make you never want to purchase another Monsanto product ever again.

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Posted on May 10th, 2011 by Brian St. Pierre

3 Comments

  1. Cory Says:

    I wish you and Anna all the best with your baby. It seems like the pregnancy went by very fast to me. I remember when you first mentioned it here. I will look forward to some awesome blogging when your back on schedule, but there is no rush.

  2. Wayne Says:

    Congrats on the almost had it baby. I find the article on GMO foods interesting, form both a health standpoint and an economic one. I was listening to NPR and they were having a discussion about food processing and how with modern processes the costs of foods for the average family is significantly less as a percentage of their income. However, the didn’t correlate this to the health trends that come with it. I wonder if lower food costs equate to higher medical bills?

    Thanks again for another thought provoking article.

  3. David Says:

    Brian,

    I love your blog. You should be careful though of the name dropping. Remember what happened to Oprah? Do you have $1 million?

    Keep up the good work!

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