I am not Catholic. I am pissed off. I am giving up Monsanto for Lent.
This is Day 11.
One of the reassuring things about eating paleo is that you’re automatically exempt from Monsanto’s grip on the masses.
Those cheap, convenient, just-add-water poison packs comprised of GM soy, GM corn sugar, and GM seed oils simply aren’t on your radar. No more are wannabe health foods like diet sodas, “lite” microwavable meals, or designer produce perfected by pesticides.
Grains are out. Meat is in. That organically-raised steak in your freezer should be safe, right?
Not so fast.
I hate to break it to you, but the latest and greatest in cattle feed is… (drumroll!)…aspartame.
Actually, neotame,which is worse. It’s aspertame on steroids.
Back in 1998, Monsanto applied for FDA approval of a new molecule “based on the aspartame formula.” What was different? Only the addition of 3-dimethylbutyl…a chemical the EPA includes on its “most hazardous” list.
But who cares! Neotame is up to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar, and industry studies show it is safe for human consumption. Never mind that independent studies almost univerally demonstrate otherwise. And never mind that aspartame is produced using GM bacteria.
Traditionally drenched in molasses to overcome its undesirable flavor, cattle feed — already comprised of GM plant matter — may now be sweetened with “Sweetnos.” Neotame-sweetened feed is 20% cheaper and, like aspertame, it may encourage eating beyond satiety.
Here’s the worst of it: Neotame needn’t be included on the ingredient label — even in certified organic feed.
Oh, wait. It does get worse: December 2010 saw approval of the use of neotame in USDA-certified organic foods — yes, human foods — and it doesn’t have to be mentioned on the label.
Repeat after me: Grassfed. Unprocessed. Food.
More about neotame and aspartame: http://www.aspartamesafety.com/web/press-releases/july-2002/
Read all posts in the Monsanto Project Series: http://www.aspartamesafety.com/web/press-releases/july-2002/
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