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The Post-Modern Prometheus: Are We Bio-Engineering Our Children?

Abstract

The purpose of my study is to determine the effects of food production, including bioengineered, processed foods, and effects on the environment, on the health and behavior of students. So much of the food that we consume has a story about how it came to be. Producers of food have come from a legacy of cross-pollinating and fermenting to change our food. Now they are crossing genes, replicating DNA, and using a vast array of chemicals to produce the food we eat today. These are un-natural creations going into our bodies. The bio-accumulation of these chemicals can have lasting - cross-generational effects. There are links to cancers from some of these foods, links to ADHD, precocious puberty, and more. The giant corporations that continuously buy out small suppliers and producers have so much control on what we eat. Their power is felt in Washington D.C., as well with the powerful food industry lobbies like GMA, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, that work to protect the industries profits. Little concern, if any, is given to the health and well-being of the consumers. Unfortunately, the mighty dollar wins out over public safety. I research these foods and their effects to inform about the need for a change in our curriculum that will support a change in the way we produce and consume food.

Presentation Description

Food habits are harder to change the older we get. For this reason it is important to start teaching about nutrition at an early age and providing healthy foods in schools. With most children eating at least one meal a day in school for twelve years, the potential for food education is vast.

Keywords

Genetically modified foods, Curriculum, Teaching

Location

Magnolia Room A

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Presentation (Open Access)

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The Post-Modern Prometheus: Are We Bio-Engineering Our Children?

Magnolia Room A

The purpose of my study is to determine the effects of food production, including bioengineered, processed foods, and effects on the environment, on the health and behavior of students. So much of the food that we consume has a story about how it came to be. Producers of food have come from a legacy of cross-pollinating and fermenting to change our food. Now they are crossing genes, replicating DNA, and using a vast array of chemicals to produce the food we eat today. These are un-natural creations going into our bodies. The bio-accumulation of these chemicals can have lasting - cross-generational effects. There are links to cancers from some of these foods, links to ADHD, precocious puberty, and more. The giant corporations that continuously buy out small suppliers and producers have so much control on what we eat. Their power is felt in Washington D.C., as well with the powerful food industry lobbies like GMA, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, that work to protect the industries profits. Little concern, if any, is given to the health and well-being of the consumers. Unfortunately, the mighty dollar wins out over public safety. I research these foods and their effects to inform about the need for a change in our curriculum that will support a change in the way we produce and consume food.