>> Friday, December 4, 2009
That's just the beginning of her tale - the tip of the iceberg as she puts it. What she was to learn next brought her sleepless nights due to shock and amazement, as her investigative nature drove her to study all that had been done to the methods of food production in America. This is the message of the book that really felt driven home: the people and organizations that Robyn originally felt were there to protect her were actively working against her - and everyone's - health.
She learns - and explains - how the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMO) into our food supply was done, both literally and in the political realm. She learns how GMO is part of a gross majority of all processed foods, and how it has been proven to induce allergic reactions in our children and ourselves. She explains all these things in a very personal way that allows you to relate to her situation while still gaining the alarming facts for long-term retention. You can really feel the motivation grow in you as you progress through the book.
If I have any criticism for the book, I would say there are two issues outstanding: First, as a father it felt a little weird when she talked to the mothers reading the book. I don't have any mama bear instincts, but I certainly can do the papa bear act! But that's a really minor criticism, and I actually support her choice to word it that way. Other than that, I feel there are still steps that can be made beyond the suggestions that she supplies; for example, while she details the addition of growth hormones in milk, she doesn't talk about the amazingly negative aspects of pasteurization and homogenization of that milk, especially in how these techniques affect milk digestion (and therefore allergies). But again, I think I may just be looking for something to criticize because everything else in the book really drives home the fact that you should be trying to feed your family the least-processed foods possible.
Do yourself and your children, if you have them, a favor by reading this book.