GMO-Free School Lunch Options

By Marjan Souayvixay, Biology major

According to Moms Across America, “31 million GMO meals are served to our children in American schools each day.. . . These meals contain pesticides, dyes, high fructose corn syrup and synthetic chemical which have been linked to Autism, Allergies, ADHD and Auto Immune Disorders.”

Wow! This blog caught my attention because I am a mother myself and I believe it is hype to scare mothers about GMO foods.

I am a student at OSU and a health professional pursuing education to advance my profession. I know that there are many factors that contribute to the above childhood illnesses, and GMO foods are not one of them.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) involve improvements done to a plant in order to make a better crop – for example, a drought resistant plant or pest resistant. Nothing is changed about the plant life form. What one should ask is, what kind of modification is being done?

Before food companies distribute their crops to the grocery stores, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provide regulation.  The foods contain minimal residue, and it is recommended to wash fresh fruits and vegetables under running water to minimize any residue (National Pesticide Information Center).

My priority is whether my child is getting the right amount of nutrients for a growing and developing brain and body, recommended by the American Pediatric Association.

My concern is if my child is getting the right amount of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Does his lunch provide healthy portions of each of these categories?

My advice to mothers is doing your own research, as I did. Resources are abundant. You will gain insightful knowledge and only with your findings you will know what goes into the bodies of the ones you love.

This blog post was an assignment for  Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.

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