Tuesday April 2, 2013

Michelle Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg want to control what other people eat. And the scary thing is, they actually have the power to enforce what they feel is good or bad for you. Now our local schools serve wheat, wheat and more wheat in their cafeterias.

Today's wheat is not the same grain our forebearers ground into their daily bread. Wheat naturally evolved to only a modest degree over the centuries, but it has changed dramatically in the past 50 years after the influence of agricultural scientists. Wheat strains have been hybridized and cross-bred to make the wheat plant resistant to environmental conditions, such as drought or pathogens, such as fungi.

But most of all, genetic changes have been induced to increase yield per acre. The International Maze and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico City began as an agricultural research program through a collaboration of the Mexican government and the Rockefeller Foundation to increase the yield of corn, soy and wheat with the goal of reducing world hunger. Over the past 50 years, thousands of new strains have made it to the human commercial food supply. And so it goes with this human-engineered grass we call wheat.

Wheat is one of the main causes of obesity. Wheat gluten can cause many illnesses. Go into any book store and there is a whole section of wheat gluten books. Parents must educate themselves for their children's health.


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If enough parents send their children to school with brown bag lunches, maybe the school system will take notice as the wheat products rot on their shelves.

It has only been in the past four years that our federal government has been trying to take control over what we eat, drink, the kind of light bulbs we use, and most of all, what our children should or shouldn't do. At what point do we take back our freedom to raise our own families the way we choose? BEVERLY GIANOKAKIS

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