Everyday we put our trust in things. We trust the coffeemaker to come on when we add coffee and flip the switch. We trust the stoplights to function properly so some people have to stop while others can go. We trust our car to get us where we need to go. But sometimes we trust in the wrong things. We trust in the front of the cereal box to tell us the truth. We trust in government regulatory agencies to make decisions that are in our best interest. We trust in pharmaceutical and biotech companies to adequately test their products.
Proverbs 3:5-10 Struck a chord with me last year and I began mulling all of this over. The scriptures say this: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. 9 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
We are trusting in the wrong things. When we spend our money on something as essential to the life and health of our family as our food we cannot blindly trust companies who are “wise in their own ways”.
There is no government regulation on the words “all natural” and anyone can use them. Farmers can spray pesticides, herbicides and use crops genetically modified to produce their own pesticide within the whole plant including the part we eat. Food processors can spray fumigants, solvents and other toxins on the ingredients. They can add a dozen different kinds of highly processed sugar and rancid oils, but as long as they originally came from something natural, even though it’s GMO, then it can be called natural on the label.
The government makes laws that appear to protect us such as the one requiring trans fats to be labeled, but then they allow the food processing companies to exploit the loopholes. So we can have a label that says “0g of trans fat” when a quick look at the ingredients reveals partially and fully hydrogenated oils, mono- and di-glycerides which are all trans fats. According to Fooducate “if the amount of trans-fat in a product is less than half a gram per serving, manufacturers can round it down to 0. But even 0.49g or trans-fat is bad for you. And don’t even get us started on the actual consumption versus the tiny serving size.”
Our current Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the FDA, Michael Taylor, held the job as public policy adviser for GMO biotech giant Monsanto before taking the office with the FDA. Now he is in charge of approving drugs and foods that come from his former employer. This happens a lot. Researchers for biotech companies submit scientific reports for review by the FDA and then, before the review happens, they get hired by the FDA and end up reviewing their own research for approval.
I want to have “health for my body and nourishment for my bones” like the verses in Proverbs proclaim. One way I am doing this is by trusting God’s real food over the packaged and altered foods lining many grocery store shelves. When you look in my pantry, my deep freeze, my refrigerator you won’t see many processed foods at all. Most everything is just a single ingredient such as frozen blueberries, sprouted organic cornmeal, grassfed ground beef, or raw almonds ready to be processed into something to eat by my own hands. When I do buy processed foods I am careful to read the ingredient list not trusting the manufacturer’s claims. I use smartphone apps like Find Real Food and Fooducate. These help me identify if something has hidden GMOs or MSG or anything else that’s not real.
It is my prayer that many more people can become aware of the dangers of misplaced trust as it relates to the food our families eat. I have only scratched the surface with what I’ve written here today. I hope to explore more on this topic in future blogs. I’d also love to hear what you are doing to trust in the Lord with all your heart as you go about your daily life! Please leave me a comment below!
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