Superfoods in a Transgenic world

by | Jan 5, 2019 | Health

The search for strategies to preserve health, in a world where most of what we consume feeds us little or nothing, has found in the so-called “super foods” a light of hope and an important focus of attention.

Superfoods are foods that have a great nutritional value, due to their high concentration of antioxidants, healthy fats or vitamins and minerals. Consequently with little quantity we obtain a high nutrition.

Just the last decade the world begins to know the true potential of these fruits, roots and vegetables. But these foods have always grown in places where ancient civilizations had awareness about the benefits they brought to their bodies.

For example, Maca, a root that grows in the Andes of Peru, has been consumed for thousands of years. In fact, the ancient Inca and pre-Inca civilizations consumed maca to improve their strength and endurance and to face their battles in better conditions.

And yet, the emergence of genetically modified foods began to overtake the market. And we started to consume unknown products, which are very similar to the ones we were used to, but they were not the same. The idea was to take one or more of the remarkable characteristics of the fruit, for example, and reproduce it in another or accentuate it in it.

In this way, it could have a better colour, shape, size or taste and, at the same time, better survive pests, droughts or even pesticides. But they could also grow quickly and even in sterile places.

This apparent benefit raised questions in organizations related to the protection of the environment and the health of consumers. Its detractors point out that it is not yet known if the consumption of these transgenic foods will have long-term consequences.

But one of the biggest arguments against this is the one that affirms these products do not generate seeds, so farmers depend on the big companies that produce them, like the international beast MONSANTO.

In 2016, the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine, the leading US advisory body on scientific issues, concluded in a 400-page report that transgenic or modified foods do not represent harm to health or the environment. But it did not rule on the long-term effects.

The controversy started again because many of the investigations that supported those conclusions were made or paid for by the big producers of GMOs in the world.

The truth is that there are countries like Peru, which have banned any genetically modified organism, from all its agriculture until 2021. Therefore, its conventional agriculture, which although it can be longer and more expensive, offers us harvests full of natural qualities among which we found several of the best superfoods in the world.

The long-term consumption of organic foods and cultivated with traditional processes is never questioned. On the contrary, time has only confirmed what ancient civilizations already knew: only nature provides the basis for a healthy and strong body.

Maca, for example, the first superfood of the Mama Tierra product range, is one of the most important in the world, as it nourishes us and helps us improve sports performance, energy levels, balances hormones, improves fertility and memory in great level and even many health professionals recommend it to treat emotional imbalances.

This wonder of nature, the most powerful superfood in the world, has survived over the centuries, to technical agriculture and modified crops. In a world invaded by transgenics, the Peruvian Maca is still unparalleled.


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