Published on March 28th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe11
What’s Causing the Increase in Food Allergies?
Robyn O’Brien is a former food industry analyst turned crusader for safe, healthy food talks about the link between food allergies and our food system.
We talked last week about a child with a debilitating peanut allergy, and several commenters brought up the good point that we didn’t see food allergies like this when we were kids. What’s causing this increase in food allergies here in the U.S., and what can we do to prevent them? As it turns out, kids are not “wimps,” as one commenter put it. In fact, what’s changed isn’t the kids. It’s our food.
In this TED talk, O’Brien discusses how one breakfast changed her outlook on food. She discovered that her daughter had a severe food allergy, and she became determined to discover what was causing the sharp spike in food allergies here in the U.S. What she found was alarming:
I’m so glad to see someone looking at the link between genetically modified foods and allergies. It’s something I’ve wondered about for a long time, and I’m not surprised to see that there is, in fact a link.
The facts about our food system are pretty depressing, but I think the take away message here is very uplifting. As O’Brien herself says in her talk, “one person can make a difference.” She encourages everyone to “Do One Thing” to improve your health and that of your family and our country. What’s your one thing?
h/t: Civil Eats
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